Parkrun as part of your LSR

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?


  • Yes (you can) image

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

  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    Run to parkrun, do parkrun, run home.
  • mikasamikasa ✭✭✭

    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.

  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    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.
  • mikasamikasa ✭✭✭

    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.


  • 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 image

  • 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?

  • mikasamikasa ✭✭✭

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

  • 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?

  • mikasamikasa ✭✭✭

    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. image Building it up slow and sensible you see. 

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

  • mikasamikasa ✭✭✭

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

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

  • the first one might be more productive!

  • mikasamikasa ✭✭✭

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

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

  • mikasamikasa ✭✭✭

    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. image

  • 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.


  • mikasamikasa ✭✭✭

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

  • there is always the "ringer" account.

  • The BusThe Bus ✭✭✭

    Mikasa - there's nothing to stop you running the parkrun, and then running for a bit straight after before returning later to get your barcode scanned. As long as you have your finish token, you don't actually need to queue in finish order.

    If you are going to do the Wycombe Rye parkrun at the moment though, be sure to bring your flippers!

  • As above really - run around for a bit after the parkrun whilst keeping the scanners in sight until you can see that the queue has gone down. Then it would only be a short interruption to the long run?

  • As everyone has said,  it's doable. I used to run along the Basingstoke canal for an hour or so,  then finish with Frimley parkrun. 


  • mikasamikasa ✭✭✭

    Thanks guys, didn't think about just running close by whilst the queue goes down, that's exactly why I asked for suggestions. Something so simple and I didn't think of it.

    IronCat - that pretty much exactly my plan, didn't happen today though, will go for my long run in a bit.

  • Park Run Saturday around 3 miles.

    Sunday Long run between 13 to 18 miles.

    Sum of Park Run + 13 to 18 mile long run = 16 to 21 miles.

    Plans are all about racking up miles. Running an extra day or two makes it easier to fit in the miles.

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