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This time I will claim my HM badge (on the other site!)

This time I will claim my HM badge (on the other site!)

Hurray I just ran my second HM distance, just to prove I can! I was determined to do it today because the first run was in May, which is a bit long ago for my taste, and today is a Bank Holiday in Germany which means hubby works, but I don't. I don't have to feel guilty about spending time on my own, when we only get to see each other at weekends.

Anyway this has been planned in my cunning little mind for a while. I've done a few 10milers to try and keep the distance up and I had my running schedule all sorted in my mind only to have it scuppered by hiking in the Alps at the weekend (legs too achey after that) and an Oktoberfest party which mysteriously also involved the imbibing of gin - last night. My will of iron carried me through though, I only had one g&t and otherwise stuck to water. Telling people that I was going for a long run the next day also helped.

The plan nearly ended when I couldn't be bothered to get up early, but that turned out to be a good thing, as the rain stopped and the sun came out this afternoon.

Perfect weather, lovely route. A mixture of roads, woods and lakes. There were a few other runners out, I love it when we exchange knowing smiles, one even gave me the thumbs up, which I returned. Otherwise inline-skaters, cyclists, children collecting conkers and adults foraging for wild fruit, walkers and strollers - all out enjoying the autumn sunshine.

The first 15k were fine, the last 4k were not and I think I walked most of the last 2k. But I knocked 7mins off my first HM and managed a slow 2hours 51mins. I will be sore tomorrow - I can't imagine doing twice that distance.

The picture is before and after - not really a huge difference except that my hair is soaked with sweat (as was the cap). Good to see that I no longer turn beetroot red!

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AM-A-ZING I can't imagine running that far EVER. Well done

Oh and well done for avoiding the Gin :)

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If you can run 10k you can run a half marathon with a bit of training. Somewhere I read that a trainer said people are always capable of more than they think and can usually run at least double the distance they've done so far. The man was obviously bonkers - no way could I run a marathon - but I'm sure he's right in your case!

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Still building on running 10k- I've only done that twice, but maybe someday......

I am sure you will be doing the full marathon before you know it :)

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So inspiring! Congratulations! I love reading posts like these because they just make me want to keep on running. My longest run to date is 11.5 miles and I’d love to do an HM at some point. Thank you for sharing 😊

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You're not far short and I'm sure you'll manage very soon!

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I’m aiming for February but will see how it goes!

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That’s amazing. Well done x

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Well done, amazing determination starting at the gin party! I am inspired. I have got as far as 10 miles and not sure I could imagine another 3 miles. You are looking great post 13 miles 🏃

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I have no doubts at all that you will manage if you put your mind to it! You are a very good runner already and have achieved everything you've set out to do. You have inspired me aswell with your dedication!

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Thank you, I feel like such an amateur!

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See that badge next to your name? 10k is not amateurish! I must admit I only started ramping the mileage and distances up after a year. I didn't do anything longer than 10k for the first year, but then decided I wanted to go for longer distances and found it "definitely doable". Up to that point I had only done 4 x 10k and each one of those was a struggle. Since March though I have pretty much done a minimum 10k as my long weekend run.

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What is your weekly run schedule at the moment? I am considering consolidating for a bit with maybe 1x 5 mile, 1 x 8-9 mile and pos a shorter 3 mile run a week.

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That was another thing I changed in March, I increased my runs to 4x a week. A typical week would be 5k (Tuesday) a fast interval run (mainly only about 3.5k - on Thursday), and a slow 4 or 5k (Friday). Then a long run on Sunday (anything between 10 and 16k). The mid-week runs will be easy, not pushing myself - except the interval one. The longer one will also be quite slow. Now and then I make the 5k fast, but certainly not every week. I've learnt it's better for me not to push on every run, in fact only about 20% of your runs should be very tiring. I'm doing this for health and weight reasons, I'm never going to be speedy. But I do like distance!

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Brilliant, well done 🏅

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Sounds like a lovely run.

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Yeay, JZ! Well done! It feels good to beat one's PB, doesn't it? The HM distance is tough. I've struggled all three times after 15 km and just the thought of doing twice the distance makes me want to cry😭

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Yes, 15k seems OK, in fact my 14th km was my fastest in the whole run, but after that it all goes a bit haywire. Doesn't feel like the proverbial wall. I'm not very good at hydrating and taking on food, maybe I need to get that right.

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I'm not hitting the wall either, I'm just so tired in my muscles and joints after 15 km. I'm quite good at hydrating and eating while I run but I still feel exhausted after 15 km 🙂

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I think we just need to get stronger! I know you will get there, but I'm not so sure about me.

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OMG that's fabulous. I can't imagine running that far.

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RESPECT

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Well done JaySee, hope you're not too sore tomorrow. I often have that same problem with my plans!!!

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woo hoo! well done JaySeeSkinny that was a very determined look in your eye there! and you did great!!! :)

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Wow, amazing running Jaysee. Totally in awe of you. Your second HM..stunning😊xxx

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Incredible! Can't process that kind of distance. Iron will indeed!

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We'll talk in a year's time, the way you're going you'll be doing HMs aswell!

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If I am still going in a year's time I will be pleased as punch to be running 10s :) You have my great respect!

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Wow!!! Great job! You barely look winded....so there is hope that I too can one day run without turning 50 shades of red? That would be wonderful 😅

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Yes, I was surprised about my colour aswell. It was about 10 minutes after I'd finished. So, yes, there is hope for all!

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Whoop whoop! Brilliant JSS. So well done to you, wear the badge with pride 🙂

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Well done Jaysee! 💪😃🏃‍♀️✔️🏅 Great job 😃

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Woohoo! I would never have guessed that the two photos were before and after - I'm well impressed! Mine would have been one vertical, and one on the floor :O

Very well done - now go claim that badge :)

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I was surprised myself - felt a lot worse than I looked! Just shows. Bit stiff today though☠️

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Fantastic! I can't imagine running that distance (13k my longest so far). Very well done 👍

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