Parkrun as part of your LSR

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31/01/2014 at 20:29

I'd like to run some more parkruns but training for a half mara and can't do both parkrun and lsr on the same weekend and lsr obviously takes presedence.

The question is purely technical, I wouldn't try to 'race' the parkruns. What's the best way to tag them onto your long run? Do them first but as a slower runner, you have bit of a wait to get your barcode scanned or do them last? What do others do?

31/01/2014 at 20:31

Yes (you can) 

up to you, some run to the park run do it and run home, you can do whatever is best for you.

Edited: 31/01/2014 at 20:32
31/01/2014 at 20:33
Run to parkrun, do parkrun, run home.
31/01/2014 at 20:43

Parkrun is only 2 miles away. And what I was thinking if you do it in the middle, is all that felt like ages to wait in the queue last time to get barcode scanned, and I wasn't able to run home after.I guess from that perspective, doing it last would be best.

31/01/2014 at 20:45
If you want to do it last and are training for a half then you could run the parkrun at race pace to get you used to running on tired legs.
31/01/2014 at 20:46

I just remembered the problem of doing parkrun at the end, I'm not very good at getting up in the mornings...

Millsy - great idea, if I was fitter I might be able to do that but not know I'm afraid.


31/01/2014 at 20:48

So start with the park run, jog gently to get you timer scanned,and then carry on running just redo the park run route x amount of times if it's a shortish long run

31/01/2014 at 21:15

do you actually need to get your barcode scanned?

Surely if you're not racing it, you don't really want or need that time on your official record, and you're just using the parkrun to break up the long run, with some company?

31/01/2014 at 21:35

Yes, I want to get closer to my 50 parkruns  t-shirt, gotta have some goals Stevie.

Edited: 31/01/2014 at 21:36
31/01/2014 at 21:44

why couldn't you do a parkrun and a LSR on the same weekend by the way?

Even if you smashed the 5k as hard as you could that surely wouldn't rule you out of the sunday?

Or do you mean you can't fit running in both days?

31/01/2014 at 21:48

Ah, just too unfit atm and need to fit cycling and swimming in the mix too. I think my lsr would  be walking if I'd done parkrun the day before. Building it up slow and sensible you see. 

31/01/2014 at 22:01

come and do the Wycombe park run, I'll give you some motivation.

31/01/2014 at 22:05

Ha, would that be running away from you or trying to chase you?

Not actually that far from me now that I've moved.

Edited: 31/01/2014 at 22:08
31/01/2014 at 22:07

the first one might be more productive!

31/01/2014 at 22:10

I'd not think either would be a realistic pursuit.

31/01/2014 at 22:50

maybe just loitering 20cm behind you barking abuse/encouragement/mantras (delete as applicable) could work.

31/01/2014 at 22:52

Well if you want to have a brisk walk, that's fine by me. But probably not tomorrow. Today was a rest day and it would mean waking up way too early to come that far.

Wouldn't take my barcode with me if I was you.

Edited: 31/01/2014 at 22:52
31/01/2014 at 22:54

in fairness I haven't even done it yet...despite living embarrassingly close....

I do hate parkruns, just their very bootleg nature.

(no offence to anyone who loves them)

I drove for an hour to Dulwich once, which is one of the few fast flat courses that counted as 5k on power of 10.

Hit my target, then 2 weeks later they took it off the 5k category and put it as a "parkrun", lumped in with all the other courses that aren't accurate.


Edited: 31/01/2014 at 22:54
31/01/2014 at 22:57

I feel your pain. Best just to do proper races. You wouldn't want your run not to count.

31/01/2014 at 23:00

there is always the "ringer" account.

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