Laura's tips

MEET THE MINI MOTIVATORS.

Having fun, staying fit and filling up on feel-good energy – that’s what parkrun is all about, and it’s why we love supporting it. Even though the community couldn’t run together last year, they found ways to keep moving and motivated. We were so inspired by their passion and positivity that we launched our MINI Motivators campaign, to celebrate the parkrunners doing their bit to keep the community upbeat and on track. Here, we’re heroing Mark, Ria and Laura, who’ve gone the extra mile to keep others energised. Fancy getting involved yourself? Hit the button below to find out more about parkrun. Or if you're looking a for  dose of feel good MINI energy, discover the range below.

Mark parkrun

MARK’S COMMUNITY SPIRIT.

To Mark, parkrun is one big family. Whether you’re running, jogging or walking, rooting for your mates or supporting as a volunteer, everyone’s a part of the community. Mark missed his Saturday mornings in the park during lockdown, but he made the best of things by swapping volunteering for virtual cheering. He explained: “The community makes us who we are. We all have our own stories, and we’re all part of the parkrun family.” 

Mark parkrun

RIA’S INSPIRING NATURE.

Personal Trainer Ria fell in love with parkrun after being introduced by her husband. She’s so passionate about it she’s even got a parkrun tattoo, as a reminder of how much it’s helped her through tough times. The events are a family affair – Ria and her husband buggy run with their little ones, so they can join in the 5k fun as well. She wants to get other kids excited about exercise from a young age too, so she also helps out at the local junior parkrun children’s event. Kudos to Ria. 

Laura Parkrun

LAURA’S POSITIVE POWER.

Professional triathlete Laura’s been pitching up to parkrun for a few years now and adores the community spirit and ‘everyone together’ ethos. We love her infectious enthusiasm – it matches our optimistic attitude. Laura even got her own mum involved at the grand age of 71, plus her niece, for three generations of the family giving it a go at the same time. Now Laura’s sharing her encouraging energy with other runners, to help them get their trainers on and get out there. See below for her tips. 

LAURA’S TIPS TO KEEP YOU MOVING.

RUN TOGETHER – APART.

Missing your mates? Make a virtual run date with your parkrun community to keep your spirits up and your friendships strong. We love Laura’s idea of challenging each other to take on a new 5km route then catching up afterwards on a video call with a cuppa. 

GET INTO YOUR GROOVE.

Make playlists and podcasts your new running partners. They’ll keep you company as you pound the pavements, and you might even find a fav new tune or spark of inspiration too. Laura enjoys upbeat, feel-good tunes for her interval workouts and podcasts to keep her going on longer runs.  

CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE.

When government regulations allow, why not recce some new places to run? Maybe there’s a local park, forest or lake you’d love to explore, or you could head to nearby hills for a heart-pumping new challenge. Laura loves popping her bike and running kit in her MINI Countryman for close-to-home adventures.  

CHANGE THE PACE.

When we walk, jog or run at parkrun, we tend to take the whole 5km at the same pace, Laura says. So why not switch it up a bit with intervals? This could be your chance to bag a new PB. Try a couple of her workouts, below.  

Steady speed. 

  • 1km easy warm-up. 
  • 1km moderate running. 
  • 1km strong running. 1km faster running. 
  • 1km easy cool-down.  

Hills for breakfast 

  • 1km easy warm-up. 
  • 5 x 200m strong running up a hill, with 200m walk/easy jog back down. 
  • 1km moderate running on the flat. 
  • 1km easy cool-down. 
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