Juicyju does Brighton- The good, the bad and the ugly

Juicyju does Brighton- The good, the bad and the ugly

Apologies if you have already seen this on the marathon blog, but I wanted to share with you folk here too

The Good:

❤️‍The weather- the sun shone and it clouded over as the day wore on with a spatter of rain which was timely and perfect

❤️‍I met up with most of the other C25kers that were there- how amazing in about 3 years we have all progressed to running a marathon!

❤️‍I ran all the way with another C25ker . It was so good to share the experience and when I had a wobble they spurred me on to keep going

❤️‍ My training paid off. I felt strong to the end and it was good to run it like a long slow run, I wasn't focused on speed or meeting targets, but for enjoyment and participation which I am to continue with as I run more marathons

❤️‍Loads of water stops

❤️‍ The crowds were very supportive

The bad:

☹️ Brighton was generally very busy and my hotel was very expensive

☹️ The toilet situation was v bad, we had to queue for 1 HOUR... I nearly wet myself ( seriously) and there were no bushes to speak of. I did consider pretending to be a man, but I need a bit of practice to use a urinal ( remember the clip in The Full Monty?!!!)

☹️ The isotonic drinks were too weak and there were only gels at the stops- no fruit or anything ( Paris I had dried fruit and other goodies every 5k)

☹️ I had a dip half way as I could see others nearly finishing and mentally I needed to be a long way away ( geographically)

☹️ We had to run for about 6 miles in an industrial area which was worse than grim

The Ugly:

👻 The barefoot runner badly limping at 15 miles ( ouch, ouch and ouch)

👻 There was a woman at about 21 miles obviously very poorly and it hit me the effect of running a marathon has on our bodies

👻 The couple with, 'hubby' and 'wifey' T shirts. That is all I am saying on that one


I feel strong and I ran 7.5 miles yesturday on my trail and it felt good. I am tired today but eating and resting. I am really excited about planning the next one and supporting everyone else running races. As always i am also thinking about new goals.

My Next steps:

Up my mileage to 40 miles a week to prepare for an ultra and also to get my body to a place I can do marathons very comfortably so I can get the most from the experience

Sign up for Eden marathon in October- to enjoy, no time target

Consider an ultra in the Summer???????? should I??

Strengthen my hips ( my weak spot, they get very sore)

Train for a sub 2 hour HM in September by continuing my intervals, hill sessions and increasing my 10k till I get there ( I can maintain the right pace for that distance)

The clip is just a bit of fun from the day, and the pic is a medley of my visit!

Thankyou all for all your support and encouragement...it really makes a huge difference.


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  • Brilliant JJ! A fantastic achievement and you look so chilled! You've clearly put in all the hard work for this and you've reaped the rewards. Just brilliant. x

  • Thankyou 😎

  • Just wow... You deserve to bask in the glory..it sounds totally amazing!

    Brilliant..go you x

  • Thankyou, so good to do it, can't wait for the next challenge!!!

  • Wow, go you!  :-)

  • Thankyou

  • Well done JJ...

  • Thankyou 😎

  • Well done. "hubby" and "wifey" !!!!

  • Can you believe it!!!!

  • Well done JJ! A fab achievement and I see you are now looking to the next goal!😀

  • Thankyou, and yes it's exciting to plan the next adventure 😎

  • Outstanding as always , in awe of all you that run the big M ☺

    I am sure an ultra is in your bag juicy 😊

    What can you say that really does you justice 😆

  • A www Thankyou so much 😎

  • Hi Ju

    Well done girl!  Knew you'd nail it.  Looks like you had a great time all in all.  You've spurred me on to have a go.   

  • Ooo which one??? I so want to meet you X 

  • You are amazing as always, Ju!  I was cheering you all on on the FB updates page and I was almost in tears when you were coming over the line :) 

    Oh, and regarding the loo situation?  Get yourself a Shewee - then you can use the urinals!  :D

  • Thankyou, I was so touched by all the support on there... And here too. We have a wonderful community. I think I will get a shewee. Does that mean I'm allowed in the urinal area? 😉

  • When we were at the theatre my husband said a lady went into the men's cubicles saying that ladies shouldn't have huge queues when the men had no queue. He said none of the men batted an eyelid. If you've got the balls to do it (or literally not!) then it appears you'd save yourself a heap of time 🙈

  • Fantasic, well done.  I am in awe of anyone who can do marathons, I am at the tip of my body limit with a HM.  Ultra sounds fantastic if anyone can do it you can.  Great write up video and photos.   

  • Congratulations. I'm so in awe of you training for an ultra (oh, and completing another marathon :))

  • Thankyou...

  • Thank you for sharing this with us here. I think my personal goals go slightly off piste post 10k, but I really love hearing about other C25Kers doing events, especially all those little details.

  • Thankyou, and it's great we all have different goals and focus yet we all come together here as running is our common ground.... 

  • We have one that goes past my house.  I've been a spectator twice.  Entering a team has been mooted by my jog group.  I was hurt last year but so far this year ....

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