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GTFC
GTFCMarathon

I have just come back from my virtual Marathon. It was pretty hot out there after about half way. I started well and felt fresh up to 18 miles or so. Put a bit of music to see me home from 20 miles. Last few were tough but it was my second Marathon in three weeks. I really hope everyone else is doing well too. I don't really have any supporters so just ran it on my own as normal with my vest on and all my bits in the back. I have all you virtual supporters that I'm grateful for so thank you all. Indian tonight as a treat to myself.

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Roxdog
Roxdog10 Miles

You do have supporters! Us! Well done. That's amazing. I was wondering if you would be running this today. I have no idea about times etc, but am in awe of anyone who can run that far. You deserve that meal! Take care

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Roxdog

Thank you Roxdog. You are so ace!

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles

Congratulations Dean on running the VLM in a sub 5 hour time of 04.55.17, two marathons in 3 weeks is a great achievement in itself. You will now have a good rest and enjoy your Indian tonight, once again a big congratulations on your marathon today 🎊🏃‍♂️😊👍

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to AlMorr

Feel chuffed Super Al! Under 5 was my goal today.

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles in reply to GTFC

I have just looked at the number of congratulations and replies you got for your first marathon, you are now in the top five for the most at 3 after TT60 at 1, Buddy34 at 2, I am at 4 with ButtercupKid, a graduate about 18 months ago at 5, well done.

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to AlMorr

Esteemed company there my man!

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles in reply to GTFC

Ha ha, I don't mind you knocking me off the No. 3 position, congratulations 🎊 😊 🏃🏾.

Tomorrow I hope to run my midweek run, a 8K.😊🏃🏾

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to AlMorr

Yes! Go for it and I'll watch it on relive. I'm going 5m too later after work though.

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles in reply to GTFC

👍

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles in reply to GTFC

Good morning GTFC I ran my 8K midweek run this morning, time was 58 minutes, the run was OK but on relive it's heading which I have now posted is "epic run", I am not sure if it was epic, it was enjoyable but not epic, if I had ran a HM it might have been epic. 😊 🏃🏾

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to AlMorr

Faster than me today Al!

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles in reply to GTFC

I did not run a marathon on Sunday.

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles in reply to AlMorr

PS, the most amount of congratulations were

1:-TT60 for her graduation from C25K

2:-Buddy34 for running her first Half Marathon

3:-GTFC for his first marathon.

4:-AlMorr for running 10 miles

5:-Buttercupkid for graduating from C25K.

Roxdog
Roxdog10 Miles

And I didn't see any runners out there this morning! Just mad me and the ducks!

SmilingTortoise1
SmilingTortoise1Half Marathon

A massive well done Dean! What a fantastic achievement 👏👏👏👏 particularly without a physical crowd to cheer you on. What determination and drive you have 😊💪

Enjoy your Indian tonight - you definitely deserve it 👊

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to SmilingTortoise1

Thank you. I'm going to eat loads 🙈

Jools2020
Jools202010 Miles

Wow. I am in awe - 2 marathons in 3 weeks! An amazing achievement 👏👏👏

Well done for today and enjoy that Indian, you’ve earned it 👍

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Jools2020

Thank you, I feel good now 😊

PhoenixRise
PhoenixRise10 Miles

Amazing! Well done GTFC! 👏 👏 👏 You can be my coach for next year 🤭 I fancy giving this a go I think 🤔

Enjoy your well deserved Indian! 🤤

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to PhoenixRise

I would say go for it as the longer runs set you up nicely and you're doing brilliantly so far 😊

PhoenixRise
PhoenixRise10 Miles in reply to GTFC

Thanks GTFC 🙏🏻 I’ll be back for your pearls of wisdom and next steps once I’ve finished B210K in a few weeks 😉

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to PhoenixRise

Can't wait to read about your progress!

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Half Marathon

...so many supporters on here though GTFC! 🙂

Well done on another brilliant run - just fantastic!👏👏👏🎉🎉😀🏅

I ran this morning (not very far in comparison!😂) and passed a VLM runner in the rain! Of course I clapped and cheered him as he ran past!👏👏👏💪

Well done to everyone who took on this challenge without the support of the masses - you are all heroes !🙂💪

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Sandraj39

Every run we do helps us so well done on yours 👏👏👏😊

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Half Marathon in reply to GTFC

Stop! This day belongs to you and all the other 26.2 milers!💪😃

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon

That's a good job well done GTFC 👍

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Imc50

Thanks buddy!

Tasha99
Tasha99Marathon

Super fantastic! Well done!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Tasha99

It's my coach 🧡

Tasha99
Tasha99Marathon in reply to GTFC

😶🤣

Amazing....I take my hat off to you, congratulations GTFC 👏🏻👏🏻🏅🥳🥳

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Couchphoenix

Thank you! It was all good, just the end a little tough 😊

🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽!!! Congratulations GTFC! You certainly do have supporters and you're amazing 🤗!

What a run!! 🥂 🍾 Absolutely delighted for you! 😁👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽❤️

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Fabulous450

I'm well chuffed. Thank you! 😊

limberlou
limberlouHalf Marathon

Wow!! I struggled my way through HM last summer and that was horrendous!! ( mind you - hottest day of the summer so ... ) but no way could I do the whole marathon distance.

I am in awe!! And you well deserve that Indian tonight - enjoy!!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to limberlou

Thank you so much. Felt good for it today 😊

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

You are amazing! Wow that’s fantastic in this weather, and especially since you only ran a marathon recently too. What a stellar runner you are GTFC, I’m so pleased for you! You’ve well and truly deserved that VLM bling when it arrives. 🎉💥😀🏃⭐️🏅

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

I think the long runs really help. I was really comfy up to 21 today. Just the last bit was tough 😊

Buddy34
Buddy34Half Marathon

Well I don't know what to say to someone who can run 2 marathons in 3 weeks . Wait i do, congratulations my running friend you really are amazing.

Massive congratulations and bloody well done . I hope you're super chuffed with yourself and hope you enjoy your meal tonight. 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️💪💪👏👏👏🥳🥳

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Buddy34

Appreciate this Buddy because I really admire you. It was all the runs before really rather than this one. Up to 21 I felt comfy. Just the last few I felt tired.

Buddy34
Buddy34Half Marathon in reply to GTFC

Enjoy a rest and of course your Indian. Are you starving 🤣👍

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Buddy34

I'd pre made my peanut butter sandwiches for after 😂😂😂

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

Well done, sir!!!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to roseabi

Thank you. Feel great now 😊

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon

You look as fresh as a daisy GT! I can’t believe that’s your finish line photo! Brilliant work, just amazing that you’ve a) run a marathon and b) you’ve run two in three weeks 🙀 just incredible.

I’ll have what you’re having.....

Many congratulations and well done to you, such a wonderful achievement 💪🙂

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

Thank you so much. Really appreciate it. All my longer runs helped. I kept a comfy pace (11.14 av) so up to 21 felt comfy. Last few were tough. 😁

TailChaser
TailChaserHalf Marathon

Wow GTFC, that’s incredible! Massive well done! Enjoy your Indian, you really have earned it👏👏👏

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to TailChaser

Thank you! I really will 😁

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon

Wow! That’s a huge achievement. Enjoy that very well-deserved meal and take it easy.

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Stephen_UK

Thanks mate 🍷🍷

👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

what a great run Dean, so many supporters cheering you across that finish line today. Enjoy the rest of your amazing day. 🏃‍♂️🥳 🎈🤗

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to jorgeRuns

Thank you. The forums are so fantastic.

Wow...Awesome acheivement and time GTFC so pleased and proud of you!

Recover well and enjoy your curry tonight...

Huge CONGRATULATIONS!⭐⭐🏅👏👏👏👏xxx

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thank you so much. Now I'm all recovered I'm taking it all in 😁

MccHa
MccHaHalf Marathon

Wow 😯 well done to you GTFC 👏👏👏

Great run and timing 👍

Hope one day will be me running the full Marathon 🤞🤞🤞

Congratulations 🥳

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to MccHa

I think that would be ace. You may as well give it a shot 😊

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles in reply to MccHa

I am sure you will be able to run a full marathon sometime in the future MccHa, I was watching the London Marathon on TV, there was a 87 year old from N. Ireland running his 40th LM virtually, how about that🏃🏾😊

Madge50
Madge50Marathon

Well done Dean! That’s brilliant! The app failed for me - recorded me having done 1.8 miles! My Garmin recorded fine though, so i’ll post later and hopefully get that marathon badge next to my name!

Sounds odd saying that.....marathon.....crikey!

Enjoy that dinner and a beer no doubt!

👍🏃‍♂️🏅💪

Mx

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Madge50

🍷🍷🍷 for me!

🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳

Massive congratulations to you! I'm so pleased you got it done!! Just got an e-mail from them regarding supplementary evidence. You deserve that badge and the medal that is coming your way too. Can't wait to read your report. Absolutely thrilled for you 😁😁

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Half Marathon in reply to Madge50

I'll be looking out for your post too Madge! Awesome!!👏👏👏👏🏅🎉🎉

Fantastic Dean - what an achievement! 👏👏💪🏻😄🥳.

Savour every bite of that well deserved Indian. 😉😋

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Elfe5

I'm really looking forward to it. Thank you so much 😁

Woohoo! Looking good, GT! What a brilliant achievement - twice! 🎉🎆🎉🎆

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Yes, I think that when it sinks in I'll be chuffed to run it twice in 3 weeks. Thank you so much.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Literally awesome GTFC; if I tried to run a marathon I would have to take a nap half way....,and then give up!! Amazing running 👏👏👏👏👏👏🥇

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Beachcomber66

😁 thank you. You could split it anyway. Appreciate your support.

BrianUK
BrianUK10 Miles

Brilliant!! Well done GTFC 👍💪 Enjoy your takeaway you definitely earned it. 👏👏👏👏

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to BrianUK

Thank you! I've eaten sensibly for a few weeks and not drank at all this week so I'm ready for this evening 🍷😁

WOOOHOOOO, that is phenomenal GTFC. I was thinking about you and all the other VRB's today and wondering how you were all getting on. Just amazing. Congratulations, bask in the glow of your awesomeness now and enjoy that curry and maybe a glass or two of red wine, you definitely deserve it. 👏👏💪🏅🏅🍾🥂🏃‍♂️🥳🥳🎊🍷🍷

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Forest_Run_Beginner

Thank you so much. I really value your support. You know me well 🍷🍷😂😂.

I prepared well with my food this week and not drank so I'd be ready in my head because if you're not 26.2 will find you out. Feel great now. I hope you are doing ok too?

Forest_Run_Beginner
Forest_Run_Beginner10 Miles in reply to GTFC

I am well thank you, although if you have a little running mojo to spare, I'd really appreciate it if you could send it my way. Mine has been missing since the end of August and I'm struggling at the moment to enjoy my runs. You definitely inspire me and encourage me to get out of the door though, thank you, and to everyone else on these forums.

Huge congratulations again 🍷🏅👍💪🎉🎊🥳🥳🏅

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Forest_Run_Beginner

Hey, you are doing so well. It can be tough to go out so don't beat yourself up. Running is there for you and sometimes we need it most in difficult or busy times. Go out when you can and do it for you because you deserve that time for yourself. I don't look at numbers or fast pace. I just run for enjoyment and what it gives me as an individual. We're all right behind you. You are great! Remember...no more beginner, you're in the big league now 😊

Over62
Over62Half Marathon

Brilliant running 🏃‍♂️GTFC a great resounding cheer from me. Enjoy your Indian meal - well deserved. 👍👏🎉😁

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Over62

Thank you!! I feel terrific 😁

Wimborne
WimborneHalf Marathon

Yay Way to go GFTC... huge congrats 👏 ✊🥳👏... and you never run alone on this forum as I have been thinking of you and everyone running today . I hope you could hear me cheering at the end. Whoop whoop 🙌

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Wimborne

Thank you so much. I love this forum because we all support each other no matter what. Really appreciate it, thank you 😊

Wimborne
WimborneHalf Marathon in reply to GTFC

And just for you I ran in the rain today. Well more like drizzle. Yep as I thought hated it 😂

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Wimborne

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

You are so ace! I adore it. Well done though for getting out 😊

Yay!!!! Well done!! I think you deserve an extra onion bajii or two after such a massive effort!! 👏👏👏💪💪💪

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to AlysP

😂😂😂😂

Thank you so much. Feeling great right now 😊

Oh well done!!! Big congrats! Awesome 👏 👏👏👏👏

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to CBDB

Thank you. I'm so pleased 😁

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Half Marathon

Absolutely amazing, I bow down to you 👏🥳 Out in our boat on the Thames today we passed literally hundreds of VLM runners. Some looked great, but most looked thoroughly cheesed off with the pouring rain 💦💦

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Sandie1961

😂😂😂😂😂

I longed for rain today but it was only spitting. Thank you so much for your comments.

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon

Well done Dean! Great job. Congratulations! Another one in the bag.

Enjoy your meal! I love a curry post long run. It just slides down one's cake 'ole with the greatest of ease. I usually make my own though as I have to eat straight away or I'd keel over.

I hope you're feel ok after your exertions.

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to misswobble

This made me laugh so much!!!

Thank you so much. I got a takeaway but after the run I had made some peanut butter sandwiches and crisps for after.

Feel good and enjoyed it very much up to the later stages when I got tired.

Hope you are all ok 😊

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to GTFC

I don't know what to do with myself. I ache so much I did a 32k trail run and it nearly did me in. I had such blisters and painful toe-ends I had to heel strike. the trail is so hilly and stony. You feel every stone under your bunions. I have a masso blister. I might post a pic. Tee hee

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to misswobble

That's a heck of a run on the trail 👏👏👏👏 one of my toes is deep red 😱 I'd post it 😂😂😂😂😂 honestly, what a great run. Let's both rest up a few days at least!

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to GTFC

Thank you! I think one of my toe nails is a goner. Mind you, first one of the year.

I usually run the day after a long run as my legs get dead jittery. I might not run tomorrow. Walking might not even be possible. I have just taken two Neurofen red capsule thingies

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to misswobble

I read it's best to leave it for a few days to let all the micro tears heal and your legs rest up a bit. Nurofen are the business. Trail running must be a lot tougher than on the flat. I take paracetamol before and after a really long run. Look after yourself 😊 you are a pro!!! Love it

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to GTFC

This long trail run did me in once before at 32k. I couldn't actually move. I was on the street and my legs wouldn't go any further. I had to get home by holding onto walls and railings. It was my hips. they'd locked up. i bought my most expensive purchase ever after that. A pair of Merino boxers they are gorgeous, and get brought out for longer runs once the mercury drops. £23 for pants!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to misswobble

They are the future!!

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to GTFC

£28 now. Crikey! Kepler boxers from Alpkit

mrrun
mrrunUltramarathon

Well done mate! 👍👊👊👊

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to mrrun

Thank you. Really appreciate it 😁

linda9389
linda9389Administrator

Wow! fantastic time - quite a lot faster than the first one right? Massive congratulations. We saw lots of bibs out there today, but every time I saw someone on their own I wondered if I could run that far by myself. I don't think I could! So huge respect to you!!!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to linda9389

Thank you so much. This one was 3 mins slower than my previous one but to be honest I just wanted to get round and be under 5 so I am absolutely delighted.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to GTFC

Ahh, sorry I should have checked but I thought you'd run the first one in 5 something. Well under 5, an amazing time, and two marathons in three weeks is just phenomenal!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to linda9389

May I ask how things were for you?

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to GTFC

All good thanks, in a wet and muddy kind of way. I will write a race report but I fear it will be long !!!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to linda9389

Ohhh! How absolutely incredible. Write one!! You deserve it and it'll inspire others too! That badge looks incredible next to you! Wait until we get the medal too! 👏👏👏👏

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to GTFC

I am very excited about all the badges. I just submitted evidence for my wooden 26.2 I Did It Anyway badge, to go with the 13.1 one that I earned in March. I'm very easily pleased

Decker
DeckerModerator

Just amazing GTFC! 2 maras in 3 weeks and a great time too! Hope you enjoyed your well-earned meal 👏👏👏💪👊💥

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Decker

Loved it! Thank you so much 😁

Jelly-bean16
Jelly-bean16Marathon

Congratulations! I had a similar experience although not as fast a time! I ran alone and went well up to 21 miles point then felt very hot with coat on when the rain stopped.

Well deserved Indian. I hope you enjoyed it. I had the Recovery Chilli from the VLM recipes they sent through but couldn’t face much. Very hungry about 4am!

Hope you’re not too sore today 👍

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Jelly-bean16

Jelly Bean that is ace!! So pleased for you! The fact is you did it! You ran a Marathon 🎽💥🥇 incredible achievement 👏👏👏👏👏

That's incredible! Huge congratulations to you 👏👏🎉🏅. I have elevated you to 'SUPERHUMAN' status for your amazing running achievements and unwaivering support of others. 🙂

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Slinkymalinki

Gosh, thank you so much. I feel really happy about it 😊 I particularly love supporting others because their joy brings me joy so it's a bit selfish in a way 🧡

Julietfred
Julietfred10 Miles

That's amazing GTFC. Well done on your achievement 🏆. Hope you enjoyed the 🥘!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Julietfred

Oh thank you so much. It was really lovely 😊

Kevin41
Kevin41Half Marathon

It’s been said, but I’m going to say it again - that’s a phenomenal run and an amazing achievement. Massive congratulations and huge thanks for your positivity, grace and support!!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Kevin41

Thank you so much. Running just adds another dimension to us 😊

Absolutely cracking achievement. Really well done. You are a huge inspiration and support to everyone. 👏👏🏅🏅

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Hareshaw-Granny

Really appreciate this. I certainly feel pleased with how it's been going 😊

SlowLoris
SlowLorisMarathon

Well run Dean.

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to SlowLoris

From one Marathoner to another, thank you 😊

Cmoi
CmoiHalf Marathon

Fantastic, well done!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Cmoi

Thank you 😊

Wow fantastic run. Very impressive. Massive congratulations 👏 👏👏💪🏃🏻‍♂️🔥🔥🔥🔥 enjoy a rest today.

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to MoliJ

Thank you, feet up lots today 😊😊😊

MoliJ
MoliJ in reply to GTFC

Enjoy your rest x

Well done GTFC! You put in all the hard work and preparation so are entitled to be very proud of yourself. Enjoy that Indian and rest up 👍

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to 59er

Oh, thank you. It's definitely the preparation in the runs building up to a big one. Really appreciate it 😊

Fantastic !

And that looks like a good time to me ! 😁

Enjoy the well deserved Indian 😋

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Instructor57

Under 5 was my aim so when I knew that I felt even better. Thank you 😊

Irish-John
Irish-JohnMarathon

Good man, great Runner!! :) Well done Dean!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻:)

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Irish-John

Thank you so much buddy!

Oh wow that’s awesome, and we are all your supporters, couldn’t you hear us cheering you on and whoop whooping at the end??

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to WillowandSola

😂😂😂😂😂

Thank you so much. Really appreciate it

Just seen this GTFC - huge congratulations! It must have been pretty grim in yesterday’s awful weather so I’m super in awe!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thank you! It was surprisingly ok really. I like the rain so willed it to come 😂😂😂

Run46
Run46Half Marathon

2 Marathons in 3 weeks...amazing, amazing, amazing! 🎉✨🏆

Did I mention, you are amazing...nuff said 👏🏃‍♂️👏

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Run46

You are so epic! Thank you so much. I do feel really pleased now 😊

Dexy5
Dexy510 Miles

What more can I say, but congratulations GTFC. A virtual London marathon done. We were waving Pom poms all the way. 🏃‍♂️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Dexy5

Thank you. I'm really appreciative of all of your support 😊

C3PO
C3POMarathon

Congratulations!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to C3PO

Thank you 😊😊😊

A fantastic achievement and what a great post-run photo!! Incredible.

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Leosmit

Thank you very much! 🙂

I hope you are ok?

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