I have gone and done it again!

I got an early bird email for the hackney half this morning. How could I resist. Signed up, now just have to explain it to my family who thought I was mad to try it once never mind go back for seconds.

My way of thinking is that next time I will be better prepared. I did the training last time but looking back if I was totally honest the distances were a stretch at the end of the training. I went from 5km to 21.1km. This time I am at 10km and will build up slowly.

I know from past experience that I am a slow burner. I can do the longer distances but I need more time to get used to them so they become a little more natural.

I know since coming back from injury I am running a lot more relaxed and easy just because I am having more fun with it.

My doctor and physio tell me running is the best way for me to deal with my stress and I just love putting my shoes on getting out the door and relaxing into a good run.

My aim is to keep this relaxed attitude through all my HM training so I'm not following any specific plan just listening to what is best On any given training day for my body.

I hope all this makes sense because this is how I am going to try and sell it to my family. Hopefully they will understand and not think I have totally lost it.

Happy running to you all.


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20 Replies

  • An un-plan sounds as though it should suit you very well.

  • Thank you.

  • Ooh how exciting RFC, your way sounds really good. Take it however it comes, and enjoy! It makes perfect sense to me, and your family must see the benefits that running gives you. Now, I may just have to have a look at that one myself! x :-)

  • It's a great atmosphere, that's one of the main reasons I wanted to do it again. The people of hackney made me feel like a superstar.

  • Oh thats fantastic RFC ! Oh its great to have a goal isnt it ?

    I am sure your family will understand your reasons for doing it, your 2nd family on here understand it perfectly ! :-)

    Good Luck with your training ! :-) xxx

  • Thank you. I think the family will sort of understand. They know I'm happiest when I'm training for something.

  • Good for you - I think that explanation will do great and they'll back you all the way.

    Good Luck.

  • Thank you, they are pretty good really they just care.

  • I did a non plan plan, if you have plenty of time then go for it, I agree sometimes listening to your body is the best way to train & not get hung up on 'well the plan says I have to do 10k tonight so I have to' :) good luck with the family, I don't think you need luck for your race ;)

  • I agree my main thing is the asics plan left all the longer runs to the end. I need time to get used to them. Second time round it's a bit more relaxed I think. Are you doing another?

  • Still on the never again fence, I think 10k's are more my thing, you need to train but it's not too demanding and it's a little bit stretching, back down at 5k at the moment just down to being moving out of our house and now living with family whilst our purchase is moving at a snails pace, it's kinda ruined my running schedule :)

  • Great plan 😀 It's all about enjoyment honey you go girl xx

  • Thank you

  • Well done RFC! You go for it!

    I can't wait to be joining you in training. Getting itchy feet now!

  • Thank you. It just gets to you doesn't it. You'll be back in no time at all.

  • Oh that's very inspiring RFC. I had hoped to do a half this year but my brief stint on the IC made me decide to postpone temporarily. I'll have to look at my options for next year. I guess the dates are probably starting to be posted. I'm very happy for you. I think it's brilliant.

  • Thank you. The early one will be coming up in the next couple of months but don't worry there is always the September/October ones. I like the fact HM are early and late season as I am so busy with work over summer.

  • I expect your family have just been waiting for you to tell them! Good luck with your training xx

  • Thank you. I think your right, I just got a lot of "are you sure after last time". They know I'm stubborn.

  • Oooo... that's exciting. I've entered my 1st half marathon for next May. I'm in the same boat as you - I need a good long while to gradually build up the distance. I went from 5k to 10k in about 4 months & I've kept at about that once a week for a while now. I'll be gradually increasing the distance again over the next months. Good luck & go with the flow

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