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How to improve your parkrun time.

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How to run faster at parkrun

Participating in a parkrun and aiming for a fast time can be a fun and rewarding experience. Here are some tips to help you run a fast parkrun:

1. Prepare Beforehand:

  • Get a good night's sleep the day before the parkrun.

  • Eat a light and easily digestible meal a couple of hours before the event.

  • Stay hydrated by drinking water in the hours leading up to the run.

2. Warm-Up:

  • Engage in a light warm-up routine to get your muscles ready for the run.

  • Include dynamic stretches and light jogging to increase blood flow to your muscles.

3. Position Yourself Smartly:

  • Depending on the number of participants, position yourself appropriately at the start line. If you're aiming for a fast time, try to start near the front.

4. Pace Yourself:

  • Start at a controlled pace that you believe you can maintain throughout the run.

  • Avoid going out too fast, as this can lead to fatigue later in the race.

  • Use others around you as a pacer. 

  • Attend pacer days to help push yourself. 

5. Focus on Form:

  • Maintain good running form to minimize energy wastage and reduce the risk of injury.

  • Keep your posture upright, relax your shoulders, and maintain a steady arm swing.

6. Positive Mental Attitude:

  • Stay positive and motivated throughout the run.

  • If you feel tired, remind yourself of your goal and why you're participating.

7. Mind Your Breathing:

  • Focus on controlled and rhythmic breathing. This can help you maintain a steady pace and prevent early exhaustion.

8. Use the Downhills:

  • If the parkrun route has downhill sections, use them to your advantage and pick up some speed. Tawd Valley parkrun has a great downhill section. 

9. Push in the Second Half:

  • As you approach the halfway point, assess your energy levels. If you're feeling good, start gradually increasing your pace.

10. Finish Strong:

  • As you near the finish line, give it your all. Dig deep and find that extra burst of energy.

11. Cool Down:

  • After finishing the parkrun, engage in a light cool-down routine to help your muscles recover. (Jog back along the route and give encouragement to others)

12. Record Your Time:

  • Parkrun events provide timing chips to record your official time. Make sure you collect your time.

13. Join a running club.

  • By joining a running club you will be given training and guidance to help you improve your time and parkrun experience. 

Enjoy your parkrun journey

Remember that improvement takes time, and don't be discouraged if you don't achieve your desired time right away. Consistent training, proper rest, and learning from your experiences will contribute to your progress over time. Enjoy the process and the sense of accomplishment that comes with each parkrun.

Local parkruns

Skelmersdale Running Club regularly attends Tawd Valley parkrun and Ormskirk parkrun.

Parkrun Tour

Once a month we go on tour and visit other neighbouring parkruns such as Haigh Hall, Kew Woods, Croxteth Hall and even further a field when we are on holiday. 

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