Chariots of fire? Lordy what have I agreed to?

Hi all,

I am currently halfway off the injury couch with a bruised heel, sign of cushioning gone in shoes, me thinks - got a new pair, will be taking them out for a spin tomorrow, anyway, daughter has signed me up for the Cambridge Chariots of Fire Race in September, (thanks???) , I'm curtailed back to 20 mins runs at the moment, distance, just about OK, my biggest concern is going away before the race with no opportunity to run for a couple of weeks, will have less than 2 weeks prep just before, any recommendations? , I will be able to do walks whilst away, but nothing else.

Thanks folks


11 Replies

  • Oh Madge, just looked it up on the interweb. It looks fabulous. You lucky lucky lady. Enjoy yourself, it will be a brilliant experience :)

  • Thanks AncientMum

    This will be my first 'proper' race, and I might get a finishers medal! Amazing isn't it, what C25K does to you, I would never had imagined where I am now, enjoying running! I haven't done my local park run yet, not confident enough, maybe this will help.

    M x

  • Thanks KittyKat

    I will be able to get some walking in, so I'll do that, thanks for your advice.

    M x

  • Wow! That looks cool - especially after just having watched the movie! So are you a Cambridge person? I live just north and have done a couple of park runs at milton country park. I'm very slow but it might be fun to meet up...

  • Hi PilgrimPip

    Yes, I'm just east of Cambridge, and it was Milton park run I was building up to, and yes, I am slow too, need two rest days in between runs! I agree it would be nice to meet up, we could be slow together!


  • I was recommend heel gel cups to give added support to heels - think they work, certainly do not seem to cause any problems.

  • Thanks c4ts

    I have used heel pads - for a short while recently in the old shoes (shoes just over a year old), but not heel cups. I might give them a try, the cushioning difference in the new shoes is quite surprising, so I'll try without to start with.

    Thanks again


  • My recommendation would be to just enjoy it.

    There aren't many people that have the opportunity to run around that circuit, so just take it all in, soak up the atmosphere and stay injury free.

    I have worked on many of the Cambridge College buildings over the years and the Courts all have a serene atmosphere that will be totally transformed by the event!

  • Thanks Maysie,

    Yes, they only open up some bits to the public on special occasions, so that's a privilege in itself, can't see myself handling a camera as well and stopping to take pictures! After the initial shock - it's my daughters workplace that are fielding two teams, I think I'm quite excited really.

    Thanks again

    M x

  • Wow! That looks AMAZING... you'll be fine with the base you have already... don't panic! Enjoy it... very jealous!

  • Thanks aussiegtc,

    I feel a bit better already, took the new shoes out for a spin this morning, and so far so good, that has helped with my confidence.

    Thanks again, I will look forward to hopefully posting completion.

    M x

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