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Can I get a Woohoo?? ๐Ÿ˜Ž It's roseabi's Virtual Brighton Marathon report!!!

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The Brighton Marathon is always sort of lurking behind the London Marathon. It tries to beat it by being a fabulously supported event that happens a week or two previously, but it doesn't attract the elite runners and always ends up feeling second-best.

I have to say I think VLM nailed it with their virtual event - just look at all the new marathoners we have here in our community!! But myself I was pretty happy I wasn't running it on Sunday. High winds and pouring rain made my heart go out to the bedraggled runners I saw go past sporting their VLM bibs. Still, massive kudos, and they were part of something really quite special!

But I love the Brighton Marathon! It's my local marathon, and I've run it twice before - in 2017 and 2018. And for 2020 I could pick a route starting outside my home, and with over 2 weeks to run the race I could watch the weather forecast for a window of decent weather, fantastic!!!

I confess I had a great run yesterday, and today I feel a bit tired but barely sore. There are a few things that I felt helped me with this and I wanted to share...

โ˜… Relaxed expectations. I had a pretty horrible time doing the MK Reimagined Half Marathon a few weeks back. I was tired and stressed out by work, life, and sleeping badly. I am not particularly fit for long endurance runs at the moment due to Achilles trouble causing me to cut back my running. But after MK I sorted things out, got my sleep time in, and just decided to relax and enjoy my day running round Brighton! On my last long run I tried switching my watch screen to just the watch face, and I found this really helpful for not feeling stressed about my pace, so I did it for the marathon too. In the end I found that I actually ran (albeit fairly slowly) far and away more of this marathon than I have in any of my others! I know a few of us are wondering what we might be able to achieve with proper training, and I am wondering this myself...

โ˜… A spot of yoga! I had a sore lower back during the couple of days before the marathon, so instead of just worrying about it I went for a bit of Yoga with Adriene on YouTube - Lower Back Love! It worked a treat and I did it again the following day. I'm pretty sure a lot of you are familiar with Adriene already, but if you're interested here's the video:

โ˜… Watching a bit of the London Marathon on Sunday. Seeing a relaxed and smiling Brigid Kosgei, and conversely the look of pain and determination on the face of Sara Hall as she sprinted to beat Ruth Chepngetich to second place, were almost beyond inspirational! I thought about them often throughout my marathon, and tried to emulate as much as possible Brigid's relaxed form, and the grit of Sara!

โ˜… Good eats! This is sort of a recommendation ๐Ÿ˜Š I think I discovered the perfect marathon food. Mochi are little Japanese rice cakes, I got a box of strawberry ones recently (birthday present from Mr roseabi!). They are small, soft, and full of simple and complex carbohydrates. Also tasty! I just Googled them today, and apparently they are slightly infamous for being a choking hazard, so take my recommendation with caution! I found them very easy to eat on the run though. I had two mochi, plus the other assorted goodies in the picture. I had three coffee Torq gels, and it is possible I may never be able to eat one of those again! Back to the drawing board with gels, but the other stuff was very good and I nibbled little and very often. I had a dip in energy at the usual sort of place, 20 miles-ish, bit before, but I managed to keep on with the eating and keep going! NB I didn't eat all the sweets yesterday, so I'm having some now ๐Ÿ˜

โ˜… Training thoughts. This is really something for later, but I do like to have running-related ideas to pick apart during a long run. I heard a podcast earlier this week from Endurance Nation, that was about giving up the long run as an element of marathon training, and instead building in a higher frequency of shorter runs. Very long runs are notorious for causing strain on the body, so this is very good food for thought. I actually recommended to someone recently that they should not increase their long run too much before the marathon, but then I failed to take my own advice and ran a 20-miler a couple of weeks ago. While it is true that I do enjoy very long runs, it could be that my recent niggles might have been reduced by using the sorts of ideas in this podcast (it's only short too!)

โ˜… OK NOW THE ACTUAL MARATHON! Are you still there? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

It was less windy than was forecast most of the other days this week, and dry, and I didn't want to risk waiting to see what the following week would bring, so Monday, October the 5th was the day! I had picked a route that was basically the same as the usual Brighton Marathon one, except that it started from home to save me having to get over to Preston Park (5km away). Nice! I left home on time (8am) set the "Brighton Marathon app" (aka Runkeeper) going, shoved it into the back of my running vest, started my Garmin, and I was off to no fanfare other than my soaring pulse.

This is actually another marathon tip, I always like to do this. I break the run up into chunks which I think of as a bit like chapters in a book.

1. The cliffy bit (0-14 ish km). From home, along the prom past the Palace Pier, along the Undercliff Walk about as far as Ovingdean, then turn around and head back to the Pier. I go this way a lot, so I'm not massively excited by it sadly! This part is all about settling into a rhythm. I had the breeze behind me for the first 8.5 km (all part of the plan!), and by the time I got to the turn I was looking forward to facing the breeze! I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt (THE Brighton Marathon t-shirt, I should say!), and it was cloudy and cool, but I always get very warm running, especially when wearing a hydration vest! However, when I did turn around I realised the 'breeze' was picking up speed, and my pace slowed a bit. Still, I enjoyed the wind on my face and looked forward to the next bit of the run!

2. Brighton (15-21 ish km). Heading North into Brighton, up to and round Preston Park, then back down to the Pier again, passing Brighton Pavilion twice! I made a point of spotting the Pavilion - the first time I did Brighton Marathon I failed to see it at all, too busy trying not to trip over other runners I think! It was nice to be alone and taking in the sights of a recently-refurbished Brighton. They've been working on it for years and now it looks beautiful!! I got a bit lost near Preston Park and went up the wrong road at one point, although still in the right direction thankfully. I found it quite steep and ended up walking up most of it, so I ate my mochi while I walked ๐Ÿ˜Š I have been avoiding hills recently because of my Achilles woes, and this is clearly affecting my fitness! But anyway, what comes up must come down, so I had some fun making up time down the hill, and continued in that vein along the other side of Preston Park. Nice, I really enjoyed that section!! I noticed there were not nearly as many people around as there would have been at this time last year, and the roads were quiet too, so I didn't have as much standing time at crossings as I was expecting.

3. Darkest Hove (22-30 km). From the Pier along the seafront road to Grand Avenue, up to Hove's main street (Church Road) then from Grand Avenue to Portslade and back. I always start to flag at the halfway point of a marathon and this was no exception, but I pushed myself along much better than I have before, and started to eat smaller amounts more frequently. I decided to celebrate getting to halfway at 22 km, which seemed to me at the time a devilishly ingenious psychological trick! ๐Ÿ˜ Well, it was nice anyway. There are a lot of little roads to cross along this section, so I had to keep myself sharp. I allowed myself a little negativity on the 'out' part of this section, because I know it's comparatively fabulous on the way back! I realise it's easier to do this kind of mental trick if one knows a route very well, but on any out-and-back it is possible to use it!! The little section of Portslade on the route is lovely because it has a downward incline, and then coming back (this time anyway) I had the wind behind me - so my pace and optimism increased! At this point also, I seemed to miss every other split notification on my watch, so the kilometres seemed to be disappearing quite quickly and before I knew it I was at 32 km (and into the next section)!! I was tired but I kept trotting along.

4. Past my flat and the Industrial Bit (31-38 km). I always toy with the idea of just going home and getting in the bath at this point - the marathon route actually passes my flat twice ๐Ÿ˜€ Running against the wind up to just past Carats cafรฉ at Southwick was hard going! And there were a lot of lorries turning onto the road so I was walking and stopping every now and then. At this point I was super tired, and started to feel something pretty ghastly happening in my nether regions ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Luckily there is a public loo by the cafรฉ, so I wasn't worried - and then the problem just seemed to clear up by itself! Phew!! So I carried on, the wind got stronger and I was DYING to turn around. Part of my mind was trying to tell me that I could turn around a bit sooner, but the rest of it was more sensible - it didn't want to have extra far to walk home afterwards!! But eventually all parts of my brain allowed me to turn around, and it was bliss, and I knew that I could run pretty much all of the final 7-ish km I had left at that point, which was a new feeling and very nice indeed ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

5. The last bit (39-42.2 km). Back along the prom to the Pier. Usually this is hell on earth but yesterday not too bad! The tailwind really made a difference of course, but I like to think I had maybe a bit more strength than I have had previously. The sun had come out, so I was a bit worried about getting too warm, but it was fine - actually lovely when I'd finished and had to walk the 4 km home. I had decided to finish my marathon on Madeira Drive, same as the actual race - I always enjoy the walk home afterwards, and I think it helps with recovery. Anyway, I kept plodding on, and even managed to pick up my pace a little bit. I was really really hoping I would finish before I got to the little ramp that leads the prom up to the Pier, but no dice! Mr Garmin told me I'd finished actually right by the Pier entrance, so I stopped him and ran for a little longer, as suggested by the app instructions. Then I stopped and fished my phone out of the back of my vest, which is really quite difficult to do when you don't want to take off the vest! I looked at the app and it took a couple of seconds for me to register that the app had only recorded 41.8 km, and that I was going to have to start running again!!!!!!! Argh! By that time I had been running for a couple of km with an abdominal cramp, which was manageable, but I wasn't a massive fan of it. But needs must, so off I went, clutching my phone and staring down the timer! After what seemed like an hour eventually it said 42.2, and I stopped immediately!!! Finished ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

I am so so happy with this run! Not a pb, but a good time for these times I think! I felt good, I feel good today, I feel all sorts of possibilities...


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roseabiAdministrator in reply to Imc50

Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Amazing, truly amazing, so proud of you, and know where youโ€™ve run, maybe next year i would love to join you but got a long way to go

roseabiAdministrator in reply to WillowandSola

Thank you! If you want to do it, then you will - we are here to support you xxx



Now I'm going to read the report.

Will be back ๐Ÿ˜…

roseabiAdministrator in reply to linda9389

Sorry, I am rubbish at writing short reports ๐Ÿ˜‚

linda9389Administrator in reply to roseabi

Not sure why you would think I of all people deserve an apology for that - I cut out half of what I want to say and my reports still go on forever and ever ๐Ÿ™ƒ

roseabiAdministrator in reply to linda9389

Ha ha!

I forgot to put in the bit about my hair! I was into the last 10k when I realised that my plait had somehow disintegrated and my hair was all over the place. With a strong tail wind I often end up getting the ends of my hair in my mouth, and even breathing it in! Hence the plait. No idea what happened to it, or when ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ Luckily it wasn't too bad!

linda9389Administrator in reply to roseabi

Lol. Challenges come from everywhere. I forgot to put my clips in to hold my fringe back. It was everywhere and developed a particularly unattractive centre parting for most photos!!!

roseabiAdministrator in reply to linda9389

Damn! Mr roseabi was threatening to come out with the camera, but luckily he had no way of tracking me ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Woo Hoo !!!! Super job Ali, sounds like you took that Marathon in your stride...

Huge Congratulations...

Good to here you are feeling ok too, how is your Achillies holding out today?


roseabiAdministrator in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thanks BB! xxx

My Achilles feels fine, still a bit stiff in the mornings, but certainly on the mend!

A WOOHOO from me! Fabulous post! I felt like I was running it with you. I am in awe!

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Mimirossi

Thank you! xxx

Stephen_UKHalf Marathon

Brilliant report, Roseabi, and very inspiring. Amazing work on that run. Sounds like you really cracked the psychology of it, keeping your brain ahead of your body at all times! So impressive.

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Stephen_UK

Thank you, Stephen! xxx

SueKenHalf Marathon

Yay. Fabulous run report and some very handy tips for those of us training for our first big virtual races๐Ÿ˜Š

roseabiAdministrator in reply to SueKen

Thank you!! Hope they're of use ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š



Wow...what a post...what a run!!!!

Just fantastic you, and so full of ..... just everything!!

A really inspirational run and one that was as exciting as any I have ever seen.

I actually was in tears as I watched Sara Hall and the burst of pure determination that got her over that line!

But...your approach to your running is equally awesome and it inspires so, so many of us.

I shall not be running any marathons,except the ones I run vicariously...thank you for taking me with you and a HUGE...well done!


When's our next one? Xxx

Hidden in reply to Oldfloss

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roseabiAdministrator in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you dear Poet Lady! xxx

Sara Hall was amazing wasn't she!!! I will always remember her face when I'm doing something hard.

Next one? Not sure, but I did have a couple of alternative routes for this marathon, and one of them is very scenic so I'm tempted - will need to make sure the Achilles is OK first though, cos it's a hilly one! I may actually add a few more km to it and call it an ultramarathon... Other than that, I'm thinking of getting ready for a fast flat marathon in the Spring, but there's also a bit of biking and swimming to catch up on too! Oh dear ๐Ÿ˜‚

OldflossAdministrator in reply to roseabi

She was..and yes..that grit and sheer will power...something to try to channel for ourselves!

Lots of choices for you there then..I do enjoy a good hill:)

I just heard that the Monsal Trail HM is deferred again. I am glad because I would not have been physically up for it this time. ..but next Spring..well yes:)

Apparently the Trail has been ultra busy, with folk on it all the time,so the Council feel it is impossible for the Race to be done safely.

I am, though, really enjoying all the new strength work I am doing...and some serious relaxation too. Have popped a lb and a half on too. High protein at the moment.

Yes..get that Achilles sorted..and there is a lot of fun to be had. You have so many choices!

Huge well done again, you x

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Oldfloss

Good stuff! xxx


Wonderful. So positive!!! I was shocked you managed to eat all that on your run ... but am pleased to hear you saved some for today.

One thing I did this time around was to adjust my waking time over the course of the preceding week. Although I always try to get plenty of sleep before a race, I think the earlier than normal start takes a big toll on me no matter how many hours I slept during the week. I have to say it worked really well (and I suspect it's one of my migraine triggers, so hopefully I'll remember next time).

I 100% agree with the chunking too - one of the benefits of plotting your own route is being able to break it up into sections that work for you.

Sounds like you got this one just right Roseabi. It was a phenomenal run and I can't imagine what you could achieve with well behaved achilles and a training plan you actually got to follow. You're amazing!!!

roseabiAdministrator in reply to linda9389

Thank you, lovely Linda!!!!!! xxx

I felt a bit worried at times during the run, because I kept feeling hungry, and I would think about what I have read repeatedly that one should never wait for hunger to eat cos then it's too late. I'm now starting to wonder if that idea is actually BS ๐Ÿ˜

Sleep: I meant to do the same as you and have a few days of getting up earlier, but somehow it just didn't happen, and I was glad of any extra sleep I could get in the end! I managed to get away with waking at 6 (about an hour before usual) and grabbing some breakfast quickly. I'm not usually worried about only having an hour or so between eating and running if I'm not going to be running very fast (ultramarathon mindset), but on Monday I was slightly concerned because I had a BIG breakfast!!! Was fine in the end though ๐Ÿ˜„

Migraine: I was going back and forth about wearing sunglasses on Monday - forecast was only "sunny periods", and I have been finding my sunglasses annoying recently, they seem to steam up more than usual. In the end I took them with me, and I needed them for the last 10K or so, but they were REALLY annoying!!! I nearly gave up on them at one point, but then I got the sun in my eyes and those 'after images' which always make me worry that they might be migraine aura - so I stuck with the sunglasses. Time for some new ones I reckon!

linda9389Administrator in reply to roseabi

It's the S of the BS that worries me with eating too much ๐Ÿ™Š. That was another upside to Sunday's weather - no sun to trigger migraines, but O have to wear glasses anyway and they were often in my hands when we slowed down because they steamed up!!! Can't win ๐Ÿ˜…

roseabiAdministrator in reply to linda9389

Always a worry, that one!! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Argh, glasses!! I have usually found that I can unsteam them just by moving them down my nose for a few seconds to let the air get round them, but this doesn't seem to work so well anymore. I think it may be that they get sweaty too ๐Ÿค”

AlMorr10 Miles

A very good and informative report from you Roseabi, congratulations on completing the Virtual Brighton Marathon, well done ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ

roseabiAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al! xxx

David_GHalf Marathon

Itโ€™s a massive WooHoo from me Roseabi! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Thereโ€™s loads of good advice in there for those of us who are doing our virtual HM this week (including me๐Ÿ˜Š)

Sounds like you had a good run and the PB is the icing on the cake! Congratulations on your fantastic achievement!๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽ–๐Ÿ‘

roseabiAdministrator in reply to David_G

Not a pb, David - but thank you!!


Oh woohoo! roseabi, super well done......I see we have a similar taste in snacks....๐Ÿ˜‰......I like the chunks, me too, it really helped having the โ€˜do this bit.......then that bitโ€™ , etc., etc.,

You give us all this support, then you go out and do that! .... youโ€™re really inspiring, Iโ€™m looking at all those tips!



roseabiAdministrator in reply to Madge50

Thank you so much, lovely superstar Madge!! xxx


Brilliant stuff roseabi fantastic run ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Runsome

Thank you! xxx

SmilingTortoise1Half Marathon


An amazing achievement- well done ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Loved your report - thank you for sharing with us ๐Ÿ˜Š

roseabiAdministrator in reply to SmilingTortoise1

Thank you! xxx

I often think writing the report is almost harder than running the marathon ๐Ÿ˜‚


I loved this and particularly valued your top tips and tricks of the trade. I think you are someone we all look up to so...


Massive congratulations on your run and the way you ran it which seemed like you were in control. Love your ending paragraph. Each Marathon you do has it's own story no doubt and this one takes its special place amongst the others. A brilliant achievement again so really well done! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽฝ๐Ÿฅ‡

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Hidden

Thank you! xxx

OnlineTwinHalf Marathon

You wanted a woohoo? Well, of course, happy to oblige ...


Great report with lots of useful advice to those of us only really starting out on this long run lark. Thanks and many congratulations!

roseabiAdministrator in reply to OnlineTwin

Awesome, many thanks!! xxx

RunUsagiHalf Marathon

Woohoo!!! Amazing run and so lovely to hear your description of the route (my Mum-in-law use to live in Hove and had a beach hut near the lagoon). You are so inspiring, and reading everyone's stories and seeing so many amazing VLM runners during my VHM on Sunday has made me do the unthinkable and enter the 2021 LM ballot!

roseabiAdministrator in reply to RunUsagi

Thank you!!! xxx

Ah a beach hut near Hove Lagoon, how lovely ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Awesome stuff, good luck with the ballot!!!

I really am in awe of all of you running the marathon. The miles I have got on my legs were hard earned enough, to do a marathon is just incredible! Very well done and I hope to join you all next year.

linda9389Administrator in reply to Lookslikejames

You've joined this forum at a very strange time ... under normal circumstances marathons are few and far between; we celebrate races of all kinds but they are mostly HM or shorter. It's been a strange year ... ๐Ÿ˜Š

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Lookslikejames

Thank you!! xxx

It is a great thing to do, if you want it go for it!!!!

Wow!!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— ( Lost for words)

roseabiAdministrator in reply to CBDB

Hi there! Thank you xxx

annettebrownHalf Marathon

Well done Roseabi, what a great run. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰Great to read your race report.

roseabiAdministrator in reply to annettebrown

Thank you Annette! xxx

And it's a WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

....from me too!

I'll never run a marathon, but your dedication and determination are so inspiring. And all your thoughts on training and preparation are really fascinating, and relevant to any runner, I would have thought. Brilliant stuff, you're a wonder. Be proud!!!

roseabiAdministrator in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Thank you so much! xxx

I am pretty chuffed I must admit ๐Ÿ˜Š Yes, even a 5K is a hefty endurance sport if you want to push yourself!

Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Woooohoooooo!! barely covers it!! Captivating account of a wonderful run Roseabi; your an absolute โญ๏ธ!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Awww thank you BC! xxxx

WimborneHalf Marathon

Wow what a fabulous post for a fabulous marathon. Huge congratulations and thank you as always for sharing your advice and experience but it always costs me money ๐Ÿ˜‚( says she googling Mochi... torq gels .. )

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Wimborne

Thank you!!! xxx

Yes, those things are not cheap, but actually I should have mentioned that that little Tesco flapjack was mighty good, and I wouldn't be without the Hula Hoops!!!

WimborneHalf Marathon

Sorry almost forgot as I was distracted by mochi... WHOOOOHOOOO ๐Ÿ˜€

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Wimborne

Thank you again!!!

Kevin41Half Marathon

Woohoo!!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ Proper impressive indeed!! An engaging read too

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Kevin41

Thank you, Kevin! xxx

Dexy510 Miles

WOOOOHOOOO Rosabi. An excellent Marathon report from lovely Brighton and Hove which also gave me a trip down memory lane.

Definitely a bonus to be able to chose your own day, and you did it despite the Achilles best attempts to stop you. You are amazing and an inspiration. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

Hula hoops?. Who knew? A good excuse to get some in.

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Thank you Dexy! xxx

Yes, choosing my own day was awesome, I think these virtual things have a future...

Rhodalewis10 Miles


What a great achievement and what a super fabulous run report. Made me think I could run a marathon!!

Thank you for brightening up my morning x

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Rhodalewis

Thank you!! xxx

If you want to, yes you can ๐Ÿ˜


Well done and that is a really fantastic report. On your gel rethink maybe try the Kendal mint cake ones, I find them really good, they have a higher water content and are easier to take down and digest, or at least they are for me :)

Love your run reports :)

roseabiAdministrator in reply to tiggs1

Thank you!! xxx

Eh, I already tried the KMC gels, didn't like them I'm afraid! A pity because I think they are a fab idea. Kendal Mint Cake itself I could definitely do ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š


Fantastic. Great report, great tips ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

I use the "chapters" approach too, it does help.

Superb effort all round ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜

roseabiAdministrator in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thank you lovely Jo! xxx


Woo hoo! Well done. Great report ๐Ÿ˜€

roseabiAdministrator in reply to ElleRee

Thank you!! xxx

Buddy34Half Marathon

A big WOOHOO from me roseabi. You ran that marathon amazingly well. Your run report was brilliant to read and love how you break it down into sections.

I'm glad you're happy with the run and so you should be. Congratulations ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฅณ

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Buddy34

Thank you Buddy!!! xxxx

TailChaserHalf Marathon

Massive WooHoo Roseabi!!! Iโ€™m sorry I havenโ€™t read all your post as Iโ€™m at work(!) but I will try to finish it later. Good old Adriene comes to the rescue again ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

roseabiAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Thank you TC!!! xxx

Ah, don't worry, it's far too long ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

TailChaserHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi


IrishprincessHalf Marathon

What a fabulous report Roseabi! So much information and much to digest (a bit like all your goodies ๐Ÿ˜‹)

That was a brilliant read, you took us all with you on that one. But you did all the work ๐Ÿ™‚

Many congratulations and a huge WOOOOOHOOOOO from moi ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Irishprincess

Lol, merci IP!!! xxxx

Brilliant job, well done! And a fab report. Informative and inspiring, thank you. I know those Preston Park hills well - if I'd known, I would have come out of my house & cheered you on!

Now to source some of those mochi balls... :-)

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Runnf

Aw, thank you!! xxx

runningdadHalf Marathon

Brilliant, so inspiring and what a great report.

roseabiAdministrator in reply to runningdad

Thank you!!! xxxx


Congratulations! A great report from a great race. I agree that although hills are a pain, running down them is such a relief.

roseabiAdministrator in reply to C3PO

Thank you, '3PO! xxx

Running down hills is the best ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š


Well done Roseabi, you running machine you ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŒช๐Ÿ‘ŠโœŠ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฐโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€

Great report! I could feel my legs moving as I read it โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Interesting about short training runs v long ones. I shall check that out for sure. Thanks for that ๐Ÿ‘

Iโ€™ve still not sorted a route out for my marathon. Iโ€™m a mess of indecision ๐Ÿคฏ

I hope youโ€™re feeling good and youโ€™ve no โ€œaftersโ€ ๐Ÿ™‚

roseabiAdministrator in reply to misswobble

Thank you MW!!! xxxxx

Feeling good ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

misswobbleMarathon in reply to roseabi

Good! Glad to hear it ๐Ÿ™‚. After my long run the other day I thought Iโ€™d not be able to walk the following day. I was fine ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Got a mahoosive blood blister though and a black nail. Not a bad tally though in the circs ๐Ÿ˜

Iโ€™m sitting here (supposedly ironing โ˜น๏ธ) waiting for the postman to bring my NEW SHOES. Sale ones obvs ๐Ÿ˜

Theyโ€™re here! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—.

roseabiAdministrator in reply to misswobble

Lol, awesome!!!!!!!!!

roseabiAdministrator in reply to roseabi

... sorry about the blister and nail though xxx

misswobbleMarathon in reply to roseabi

Compeed is my new best friend ๐Ÿ˜ฌ. Iโ€™ve got a sore toe as well They got hammered so itโ€™s not surprising ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Hopefully my new shoes - which are a bit more shoe than Iโ€™m used to - will cosset my throbbing toes. Gonna take em for a run in a bit Everything crossed that theyโ€™re going to suit, me as Iโ€™ve not tried them on

roseabiAdministrator in reply to misswobble

Good luck!

What are they?

misswobbleMarathon in reply to roseabi

Saucony triumph iso 5. More cushioned than is usual usual for me, and a tad heavier. 8 mm heel offset I think.

PurpleFish59Half Marathon

WOOHOOOO well done Roseabi, and what a great run report, loved reading it! Mochi sounds like a great running snack ๐Ÿ˜‹

roseabiAdministrator in reply to PurpleFish59

Thank you!!!!!!!!! xxx

I liked 'em ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Guinea70Half Marathon

Definitely a Woohoo!!!!! from me too :D I really enjoyed reading your race report :)

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Guinea70

Thank you!!! xxx

A massive Woooh Hoooo Roseabi!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜

Congratulations on this spectacular run!! Great advice and what a beautiful place to run!! Great tips (although I canโ€™t see me running a marathon! ๐Ÿ˜‰) and love the pics!!

Well done you for making it a very happy virtual marathon day!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks Fab!!!! xxxxx

Amazing run, well done Roseabi! I was right there with you too. Ooh, abdo cramps is always a worry mid run, I'm glad they resolved for you. So thats another marathon under your belt, you are a seasoned marathoner. Congratulations!

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Runfasterdoyle

Thank you!!! xxx

They are such an annoyance, I will be working on improving them ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

CantstopmenowHalf Marathon

Wooohoooo! Woohooo! Wooohoooo! Congratulations. ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…

I loved reading about your journey to this point and the actual (well virtual) marathon report. This is a race and a pace I will only dream of. Epic ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Cantstopmenow

Awesome, thank you!!!! xxxx

BrianUKHalf Marathon

Woohoo and well done!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

roseabiAdministrator in reply to BrianUK

Thank you Brian!!! xxx

cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

Youโ€™re a superstar. โญ๏ธ Simple as that roseabi. Iโ€™m so happy for you, it sounded like an amazing run! Woo flipping hoo with bells, whistles and knobs on! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

roseabiAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thank you Cheeky!!! xxxx


Woo hoo!! What a great run Abi! Loved your report. You planned this one really well and it paid off. I need to channel some of that relaxed energy of yours ๐Ÿ™‚ The chunks makes good sense too. It worked for me last year also. Knowing what this year has thrown at us, and at you personally, I agree this is a resounding success! Brilliant! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ’ช

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Decker

Thanks Decker!!! xxx

Hope your tapering is going well?

DeckerModerator in reply to roseabi

Yes, just a bit maddening not to run but that bit is done now :)

johnm1210 Miles

fully deserved WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO from me. Also thanks for all your posts. very encouraging

roseabiAdministrator in reply to johnm12



Well done, we'll run, well written - lots of valuable and inspiring Info!

I think Brighton definitely has at least one "Elite" marathon runner now :)

Congratulations Abby :)

Sandraj39Half Marathon

So sorry I am late replying to this Roseabi - it's been a really busy couple of weeks for me generally.

Woohoo!!!You did it! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ‰ What an epic write-up too - loved it! Thank you so much for sharing and I loved your reflections and thoughts on what worked for you on this run! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

Channeling Sarah Hall and the lovely smiley Brigid Kosgei sounds like a sound strategy to me too - they were SO inspiring - as are you, to all of us here Abi! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜€

Funnily enough, both my runs this week have been without my Garmin shouting out my pace, as it failed to find a GPS signal twice! (I have updated the software now). However, I have to admit, it was refreshing to run without looking at pace - especially yesterday where I had one of those lovely, almost effortless, floaty runs! Sadly, they don't come around too often!๐Ÿ˜‚

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Sandraj39

Aw don't apologise - thank you so much dear Sandra!!!! xxxxxxx


Well done, this was epic! But why is it that it's harder and more nerve racking to read somebody else's report than actually run your own race? I think it's because it reminds us on what we went through when we were doing ours. I felt I needed to rest up when I finished the reading. Hope you're ok now? ๐Ÿ˜€

roseabiAdministrator in reply to mrrun

Thank you!! xx

Ha - it is a VERY long report ๐Ÿ˜

I have been feeling almost suspiciously fine - a little stiff in the knees the day after, then absolutely nothing! A little tired maybe. I suppose I didn't try hard enough ๐Ÿ˜‚

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