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I really donโ€™t know how it happened...

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon
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...but I seem to have signed up to a half marathon in September, having said I would NEVER go beyond 10k and NEVER enter a race. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I donโ€™t know what came over me...but rather than feel anxious, I feel excited beyond belief! (Early days though, ask me how I feel come September!)

The thing is, dear running buddies, I think the universe was trying to tell me something. The start point for the HM is a 10 min walk from my home, and the route through the very streets and parks I have been running in for the last 18 months. So, my thinking is a) it would be rude not to and b) nice and safe and familiar for my very first race.

Have been slowly building up distance for 3 months now (did B210K last summer), and my longest run to date is 14km, and it felt comfortable. So in my heart, there is a tiny bit of me that believes I can do this. And more importantly, that I want to do this.

Never say never, eh?

Sadie-runs xxx

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Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon

PS any hints, tips, words of wisdom gratefully received! ๐Ÿ˜Š

mrrun
mrrunUltramarathon in reply to Sadie-runs

What can l say...Half marathon, eh? One of the easiest (deceptively difficult), most enjoyable, gratifying and massively fulfilling steps that runners can achieve on their way to a funny old program leading towards the full marathon and its lovely structured training. What was l thinking, lol.

Go for it, enjoy every step!

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to mrrun

Well that sounds like just what I need, mrrun. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ Cheers! And wowsers - I didnโ€™t realise you were marathon training! Impressive. And all consuming, Iโ€™ll bet.

mrrun
mrrunUltramarathon in reply to Sadie-runs

Yep, at it since November. This will take time and HMs are part of the programโ€™s training runs taking you to 60k plus per week at times. Iโ€™m not rushing it though. ;)

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to mrrun

Good for you. No need to rush, eh? Same here - going to take it steady (and safely), will probably also build in a week of no running too at some point soon. I really feel good after a โ€˜resetโ€™ week. Good luck with your training! Finding longer routes is a challenge, innit? I have a two-month sabbatical from work coming up and the plan is to travel further afield for some of me long runs - Richmond Park, Battersea, Regents etc. And then out into Kent for some real adventures!

mrrun
mrrunUltramarathon in reply to Sadie-runs

One lap around Battersea, then run towards Hyde Park (lap it), over to Green Park/St Jamesโ€™s then head over to St Paulโ€™s, cross to Tate and go back to Battersea Park via South Bank. Thatโ€™s my HM training run :). You can do it, you will do it.

If you ever see a tall guy in pristine Boston Celtics gear on that route, that can only be me. :)

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to mrrun

That sounds very nice indeed, thanks mr. And if, on route, you ever see a medium-height woman looking like she needs an ambulance, that can only be me. :-)

Interstellar
InterstellarHalf Marathon

Congrats on signing up Sadie!! Exciting times ahead. I am in a very similar boat.. C25K last Summer and 14k long run now... but I've not bitten the bullet yet!! I'm excited for you!! #thisgirlcan ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Interstellar

Aw, thanks Interstellar! ๐Ÿ˜˜ I expect I will start feeling more scared when the adrenaline of signing up wears off! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ But I am going to do my very best to go into the whole malarkey with a positive mindset! I reckon thatโ€™s half the battle, eh? #thisgirljustmight! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Ripcurlrana71
Ripcurlrana71Half Marathon

Yay - brilliant! Which marathon? I canโ€™t offer advise as at the same stage as you. Running Bournemouth HM October. It also starts 10 mins walk from me and most of it the route I regularly run. Apart from one hill I will need to conquer! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

For me fuelling will be my challenge as I normally have a banana at most over 10k as I run first thing. I look forward to reading the advice you get given.

Go you Sadie!! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜ xx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Beckenham HM! Funny thing is, I never knew it existed until today and I have lived here 8 years! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

As mine is in September, Iโ€™ll be able to show you how not to do it hee hee! Fuelling is something I need to experiment with, too. After my last two โ€œlongโ€ runs I have been STARVING and a bit knackered for the rest of the day. Just think I need to start eating more generally. What a hardship. ๐Ÿ˜

Go you Alka! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜˜ xx

Ripcurlrana71
Ripcurlrana71Half Marathon in reply to Sadie-runs

Youโ€™ll set the standard dear Sadie. Xx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Bless you! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜˜

Tasha99
Tasha99Marathon in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Howโ€™s your fuelling and headache issue going Alka? Iโ€™ve got some torq gels to try now ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ

Ripcurlrana71
Ripcurlrana71Half Marathon in reply to Tasha99

My headaches are def migraines and Iโ€™m staying well hydrated. Not had a bad once since we last โ€˜spokeโ€™. Tried one gel and will try more fuelling when I do a long run again. X

Madge50
Madge50Half Marathon

Whoo hoo! Go you! Yay!, plenty of time. Go steady, gently, gently, increase your long run each week by about 10% . Youโ€™re already at a very good base.

Some programmes say getting to 10 miles/16k is plenty, personally I like to get to 12 miles/20k as my last long run before an event.

Have a look at roseabi โ€™s plan etc., - see pinned posts to the right ๐Ÿ‘‰ here.

Good luck, and enjoy!

Mx

Ripcurlrana71
Ripcurlrana71Half Marathon in reply to Madge50

Iโ€™ve done 10 miles twice now but will definetly go beyond that as donโ€™t feel confident to add on an extra 5k on race day! ๐Ÿ˜

Madge50
Madge50Half Marathon in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Then youโ€™ll be like the rest of us.......oooppps! What was that....booked in for another.......๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ......how did that happen.....they ๐Ÿ‘‰ made me do it.....๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ....bling is nice....๐Ÿ˜

Ooohh look a race......๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคช

Mx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Madge50

๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿ˜‚ It will be interesting to see if that happens to me!

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Samesies. ๐Ÿ˜

Ripcurlrana71
Ripcurlrana71Half Marathon in reply to Sadie-runs

๐Ÿ‘ฏ ๐Ÿ˜

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Madge50

Latest version of the plan here:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet...

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

Thanks roseabi! Will study in some detail. ๐Ÿค” x

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Madge50

Aw, you are lovely, thank you Madge! Bit bamboozled about plans at the moment, but will research/study a bit. My main worry is keeping it fun and enjoyable... and to not get injured! I have been adding on 1k a week to my long run for 4 weeks now - might consolidate 14k for a couple of weeks before starting a plan. Dunno. Eeeek! Etc. xxx

David_G
David_GHalf Marathon

Hi Sadie, if you can do 14K then youโ€™re already 2/3 of the way there. Of course you can do this! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ Just take it steady as weโ€™re all told and youโ€™ll be fine! Very best of luck ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to David_G

Thank you dear David! Thatโ€™s a very glass half full way to view it, I like it! xx

David_G
David_GHalf Marathon in reply to Sadie-runs

Itโ€™s a glass 2/3 of the way full!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™‚ Go Sadie!๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to David_G

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Sadie-runs

The support on here is phenomenal. Everyone is saying all the right things. ๐Ÿ˜Š xxx

Oooh Sadie...so excited for you!๐Ÿ˜€xxx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Bluebirdrunner

But eeek! But yay! But eek! (And so on). Thanks my lovely. xxx

But yay! You will do it !!๐Ÿ˜Žxx

Tjcp
TjcpHalf Marathon

Go for it!!! It's difficult but not impossible. I felt the same way a year or so ago and the sheer excitement of signing up with 5 or 6 months to go was incredible. I'm now preparing for my 4th half marathon in October. I warn you, it's addictive! But the first one is the best.

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Tjcp

Oh thatโ€™s good to hear, thanks Tjcp! I am trying to be philosophical - going from nothing to 5k was difficult, then 5k to 10k difficult, but I did that so...๐Ÿ˜ And lots of time to prepare! Now how to learn to deal with anguish around niggles/injuries. Have not suffered much in my running career (one mild hamstring pull just after 5k and again but calf strain at some other point I cannot remember now, but was a new runner then); prone to drama queen behaviour when it comes to niggles though! But thatโ€™s normal, right? ๐Ÿคช

You have your 4th HM coming up in Oct?! Wow! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ I shall be coming right to you for tips then! Well done! xxx

Tjcp
TjcpHalf Marathon

Work your way up slowly. I did 5k twice a week and 10 k at weekends, nice and slowly. I did 5k in half an hour and 10k in a bit over an hour. Then I changed to 5/5/11, 5/5/12 etc going up 1k every weekend until I got to 18k and then I didn't go higher until THE DAY. You can always walk a bit near the end if you need to but finishing and the wonderful medal I got in Valencia (Spain) made up for all the hard bits near the end. Let us know how you get on. :)

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Tjcp

That sounds like a very good plan, thanks Tjcp. We run similar times, it seems (5k and 10k times). I think my biggest challenge will be keeping up with the strength training. I do a Pilates class once a week, and a lot of that involves strength work (we use hand weights, do lots of core work and squats), but I need to get disciplined and do another strength session at home! Cross training - will add in a swim once a week. ๐Ÿ‘

Oh running in Valencia must have been wonderful! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

As for letting you know how I am getting on, I think you all might be a bit sick of hearing from me come September! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Tjcp
TjcpHalf Marathon in reply to Sadie-runs

Must admit I do no other training other than getting out there. I know I should but I work long hours and the early run keeps me going for the day! And keep letting us know how you get on! We won't get tired! :)

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatHalf Marathon

Whoohoo! That is awesome Sadie! That close to home and in your running route already; how perfect! Youโ€™ll know exactly what to expect. Yeehaw! Youโ€™ll do great and you have lots of time to prepare, especially given youโ€™ve already ran 14k.

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to SaskAlliecat

Thanks lovely Sask! Your support means a lot! I feel that I should be way more nervous, but running has taught me mental resilience. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜ yeehaw! xxx

helenwheels
helenwheels10 Miles

Just keep adding to the distance and you will be fine, I'm sure. I got to 10 miles recently and I am now thinking, it would be rude not to..... You will be great :)

BTW, what happened to Neil?

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to helenwheels

Itโ€™s lovely to hear this from such a good runner as you, Helen, thank you! And being very polite, you would definitely be rude not to, now youโ€™ve done 10 miles! (Funny how we always switch to miles for that landmark distance, isnโ€™t it?!)

Neil left the forum for reasons unknown to me a while back - but you can see him on Strava, still merrily running away! ๐Ÿ˜ xxx

helenwheels
helenwheels10 Miles in reply to Sadie-runs

You called me a good runner

๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‚

Iโ€™m sorry Neil went. Still good to hear heโ€™s still running

linda9389
linda9389Moderator

How exciting! You'll smash it. It's fun getting there and the sense of achievement at the end is fantastic. This forum is fab for help advice and inspiration for both the distance and the event. Enjoy the journey and get your race added to the list (pinned post) ๐Ÿ˜€

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thank you dear Linda! I look to you and your recent exploits - you inspire me loads. xxx

linda9389
linda9389Moderator in reply to Sadie-runs

It's been real fun and I'm sitting here checking out Find-a-race right now ๐Ÿ™ˆ

You can do it!!! No probs :) You've almost done it already - Amazing!... you will be fabulous! Am proud of you already and very excited for you!! xxx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Fishypieface

Aw, FISHY! Thank you darling. Hold the pride though. ๐Ÿ˜Š Though I do feel I deserve a medal just for signing up ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I still donโ€™t know what possessed me - it was like an outer body experience. (ButI know I had to do it and it feels right ๐Ÿ‘). How are you my lovely? So nice to see you on the forum! ๐Ÿ˜˜ xxx

I am good thanks! Back to running 5k at last and feeling ok. I might work back up to 10k over the summer - slightly hesitant for fear of cocking it all up again! It's lovely to hear that you are progressing on, it does wonderful things to us this running lark! Keep us posted xxx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Fishypieface

Yay! So glad you are running and back to the magical 5k - that is great! And look, you wonโ€™t cock it up again. Ju-Juโ€™s 10k plan is nice and gentle, and you can adapt it to do it over a longer period if you are worried. Thereโ€™s no rush. And we are here to support you and cheer you on! xxx

Thanks Sadie ๐Ÿค—. All very true- sound advice! I feel stronger for going to the gym regularly now... am hoping that will help me through! I seem to have picked up where I left off a year ago so thatโ€™s a bonus I didnโ€™t expect. Fingers crossed! ๐Ÿ˜ xxx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Fishypieface

No need to cross fingers my lovely, luck doesnโ€™t come into it. Training, self belief, listening to your body and resting when you need to, eating and drinking well - this is what it comes down to, and you have what it takes! You are fab, donโ€™t ever forget it! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Aw thanks Sadie! Yes, I am far more sensible than I was 2 years ago!! We live and learn! Just about :) xxx

helenwheels
helenwheels10 Miles in reply to Fishypieface

Glad you are back out there FPF, nice to hear from you๐Ÿ‘

10 miles badge!! I have a lot of catching up to do! Well done thatโ€™s an amazing achievement. I love it that everyone is still at it and doing well ๐Ÿ˜Š

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Uh oh!!!!!

This, my friend is just the beginning...how many of us... ? Just 5K.. no more... just 10K...no more... I wonder if I could do a HM????

You are going to absolutely...... LOVE it! xxxxxx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Oldfloss

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Oh Floss. I honestly was adamant about a) never entering a race b) running more than 10k - just shows you how impermanent things can be, and how consistent, happy running can help you to believe in yourself. I am beyond excited now! Thank you for your support! (And for inspiring me with your HM triumph!) xxx

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Sadie-runs

The running gives us so much than just runs..confidence..strength. spontaneity..and pure joy.. We are so blessed that we can run and have friends who run with us..you are going to really enjoy the build up!

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles

Iโ€™m sure you can do it Sadie. Youโ€™ve got lots of running in those legs, and if you didnโ€™t youโ€™d be watching everyone else and wishing you were doing it too. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

Well, only one way to find out, eh Dexy? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ And thanks! I am goi g to train well, take it gently and steadily, but my primary focus is my head space - I want to keep on enjoying my running. xxx

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles in reply to Sadie-runs

I know what you mean. Iโ€™ve been humming and ha-Ing about doing the GSR, 10 miles. Itโ€™s in October, so should be possible and it is on my doorstep, but I donโ€™t know if I want to give more to running than I already do.

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

Hmmmm. Itโ€™s meant to be a lovely run; I want to do it one day! Training shouldnโ€™t be too hardcore for 10 miles, right? But you have to go with your gut and your heart with these things. When it feels right itโ€™s right. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜˜

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles in reply to Sadie-runs

Yes thatโ€™s what I found with the journey to 10k

Anniemurph
AnniemurphHalf Marathon

Brilliant! and a good strategy too. I did my HM because it was local and on 'my' trail, so I knew the route and in fact used it for my training runs. That way I felt very familiar and comfortable (well, you know what I mean!) on the day. You will be fine. You have plenty of time to build up that little bit extra with no rush so hopefully will remain injury free. Fab!

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Anniemurph

Thanks dear Annie! I know it will be tough, but running so far has definitely improved my mental resilience! I am looking forward to running my favourite streets but with the roads closed, and with lots of other plucky runners! x

Whatsapp
WhatsappHalf Marathon

Well done. Find a plan and stick to it as well as you can. If you have to miss runs try to make sure its the shorter runs. Your weekly long run is the most important to keep up. Time on your feet/ miles in the bank and you will be fine.

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Whatsapp

That is great advice, thanks WhatsApp! I think I am going with roseabiโ€™s plan. And I would never miss a long run, those are my favourites. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Whatsapp
WhatsappHalf Marathon in reply to Sadie-runs

Good choice. You wont go wrong with Roseabis advice.

TedG
TedGHalf Marathon

If I can do it so can you Sadie ๐Ÿค—

I did my own plan, running 3 times a week and gradually increasing the long run by a km or so. I also found gym cross training twice a week helped though I donโ€™t particularly enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Anyway, those โ€˜robot legsโ€™ will get you round for sure, good luck ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to TedG

Thanks Ted! If I don't do roseabi's plan (haven't had the chance to study it yet), that was what I was thinking of doing too. :-) I cannot bear gymsโ€ฆbut, I do a Pilates class once a week, and will also add a swim to my regime! (And some weighted squats etc at home). Looks like it will be a busy summer for this gal! xxx

Fishypieface
Fishypieface in reply to TedG

Ted I love it that I turn my back for a year or so, only to find you have a half marathon badge!!! Fantastic news!! Really well done. Last I knew we were both struggling with 10k injuries... I am back after a year out but I love it that youโ€™ve gone on from strength to strength! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

TedG
TedGHalf Marathon in reply to Fishypieface

Good to hear from you FPF, thank you for the kind words...appreciated.

Have you not been running recently?

Are you on Strava?

Fishypieface
Fishypieface in reply to TedG

No, I didn't get over my arsecheekitis for about a year, coupled with a new job, I couldn't find the will to try again until a couple of months ago. So back to 5k, thinking about slowly stretching on to 10k again. I don't do Strava - can barely turn on my Garmin and sync that with my phone!! Great to hear you are flying though, it gives me encouragement! :)

TedG
TedGHalf Marathon

You know what, I might even join you. Be good to meet up with you and see good old South London again ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to TedG

Oh I would absolutely LOVE that! (But no pressure).

TedG
TedGHalf Marathon

Watch this space ๐Ÿค—

Any B&Bโ€™s in the area?

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon

:-) Oh I don't know! But there will be lots in Bromley if Beckenham is lacking!

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles in reply to Sadie-runs

Is that where you live Sadie? UpTheStanley plays hockey for Brombecks super vets at Foxgrove. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

Yes! And I run down Foxgrove (where David Bowie lived in his youth, incidentally) on most of my runs - itโ€™s a beautiful street and eventually leads to Place Park! What a coincidence that this is home to UTSโ€™s Hockey team! ๐Ÿ˜

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Sadie-runs

(It IS a small world, eh?!)

UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyHalf Marathon in reply to Sadie-runs

Certainly is - I used to live in Copers Cope Rd, close by New Beckenham station. Lovely area, had to move away but couldnโ€™t leave the club!

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to UpTheStanley

It is lovely! Such a green, leafy place, which is why I love it so. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles in reply to Sadie-runs

Heโ€™d still be there if he hadnโ€™t met me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

You lured him away! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Just seen this after posting almost the same thing, eeek....I havenโ€™t even got to 10k yet....other than walking it!!

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Shelley2310

When is the HM, Shelley? Training fixes most things, donโ€™t panic! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

October 13th....I got back from a very short run this morning (Iโ€™ve been ill) and thought I fancy doing something in October for my birthday....6.30 am Iโ€™ve signed up for a charity place on the Royal Park half marathon ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. Youโ€™ll smash yours youโ€™ve been running longer and already got to a good distance. What was I thinking ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to Shelley2310

But yours is 6 months away! And you will be amazed at what you can achieve in 6 months. ๐Ÿ˜ Just keep it slow and steady to build those running legs, and listen to your body. Rest well, eat well, drink well (water!) and train consistently - and you will be fine! You donโ€™t have to run the whole distance, either! x

Iโ€™m planning on run/walk anyway as I donโ€™t think my back would cope with running it all (broke it 15 years ago) if I overdo it Iโ€™m in agony lol

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

Ok Sadie, late to the party, but woohoo how very exciting! ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

I canโ€™t wait to read all about how your trainingโ€™s coming along! You realise youโ€™re going to smash it donโ€™t you? The โญ๏ธ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐Ÿ’ซ are all aligned as itโ€™s a course you know like the back of your hand! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

Iโ€™m no way ready to even think about attempting a HM (not even done a 10k race yet - but May 5th - eeek!), but I might just consider 10 miles (only might ๐Ÿ˜…).

You guys all inspire me, and I donโ€™t feel worthy on this forum, but I love to lurk and pick up nuggets like this post of yours. ๐Ÿ‘

Enjoy the training, and tell us ALL about it! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thank you for your lovely kind words and support, dear Cheeky! I never, ever thought I would enter a HM, but it is like a switch was flicked in my head, and it just felt so right! I have never entered a race before - and donโ€™t judge me - I have never even done a park run! (But plan to do a few in the summer during my sabbatical from work).

I donโ€™t know if Iโ€™ll smash it ๐Ÿ˜‚. My main plan is to do the training, keep the attitude of โ€œI can do thisโ€, and just do it - thatโ€™s the only way to find out, right? Self belief is not something I have ever had much of, but running has really improved that. It feels weird, but I am not scared. I will try and do everything right (training, nutrition etc), and if it works, it works. If it doesnโ€™t I havenโ€™t lost anything!

BTW, you are worthy on any running forum, okay?! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Sadie-runs xxx

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Sadie-runs

Well with that amazing attitude you will most certainly have an awesome run. Youโ€™ll put the training in, get yourself as prepared as you possibly can and on the day youโ€™ll be just fine! If you do need to walk any of it, no worries either. Think of the pride you feel when you cross the finish line. Heck, Iโ€™m excited for you! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

And as for parkrun during the summer, prepare for them to become a massive part of your life for ever more! Theyโ€™re ace! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

And aww shucks, thanks (but Iโ€™m still a baby on this forum!) ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

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