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Virtual half marathon race report

PurpleFish59Half Marathon
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Bit late with the run report but if you want the short version, I completed me first half marathon on Saturday! For the long version, keep going 😁

I decided to do my run from my parents house in the Lincolnshire fens. It’s very different from my usual routes from home as it is extremely flat and the fen roads go on forever!

The first fen was fine. The weather had cleared up and I reached 6.5K with relative ease in what seemed like no time at all! Then it was up onto the river bank, the sun even came out here! I ran along here until I reached the 10K point then turned around.

The return leg was down another fen that runs parallel to the first. This is where the choice route started to seem less of a good idea πŸ™ˆ I could see the village in the distance about 5 miles away, but it was headwind and I just felt like I was getting no closer to it. I managed to keep my legs going, cheered on momentarily by a cyclist who sympathised about our poor choice of direction!

I kept a up my pace until the last two miles when it started to become a real slog. It started to rain a bit too. After what seemed like ages, I took the turn across the farm and back through the village. I texted my parents house, looked at my watch and was horrified to see I’d run exactly 21K and would have to start running again for 100m πŸ˜©πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

I made it though and was pretty pleased with the time, 2:26:07 having aimed to get under 2:30. πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Well done to everyone who did their HMs this weekend and ultimate respect to all of you that went twice as far last week! I definitely had nothing left at the end πŸ₯΅

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Congratulations!! The first one is always a big deal πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Fantastic that you ran a Half Marathon and you're right, those last few miles can be so tough but all the runs before this come in to play at this stage.

You must feel absolutely delighted! It's a tremendous achievement and 13.1m is such a long way. I'm really pleased for you. Your time is excellent for a first go too.

It does become more comfortable the more you do so rest up first and be proud of your progress and this milestone run πŸ₯‡πŸ₯‡πŸ₯‡

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to Hidden

Thanks GTFC! Yes I’m very encouraged by this first one, the tiredness was very similar to my first 10K and now that distance is no problem for me. Would love to do it in an actual race now though as it was very lonely out there and I also forgot my headphones to distract me!

Buddy34Half Marathon

Congratulations PurpleFish69 on your first HM. You ran extremely well and also had to put up with a head wind but you kept going. You should be so very pleased and proud of yourself. Well done πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to Buddy34

Thank you Buddy, very proud! Wondering when I’ll be able to do a real life event now 😁

Buddy34Half Marathon in reply to PurpleFish59

Me tooπŸ€”

IrishprincessHalf Marathon

Many congratulations and well done. I hope you feel suitably proud and are already planning for the next one πŸ˜‚πŸ™‚

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks IrishPrincess 😊 Yes I’m really proud as one year ago I was still doing C25K and this seemed like something that would never be achievable! Would love to do an actual event next time though, it is a long slog by yourself!

IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to PurpleFish59

It is! Roll on real-life races πŸ™‚



And here's your HM medal, congratulations!!! Ah that extra bit at the end, I feel your pain - huge well done xxx

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to roseabi

Was thinking of you in your marathon when that happened πŸ™ˆ thank you for the medal!!


Oh well done, and that’s a great time! Many congratulations! πŸ‘πŸ’ͺ

You did it! Oh my, I started C25K just for β€˜something to do for 1/2 an hour......’ what happened.....πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚.....

Look out...!...πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‚


PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to Madge50

Thank you Madge50 ☺️ That was a definite step change for me going to half marathon, it suddenly takes up a much bigger chunk of your life! You notice more if you skip cross training and long runs basically wipe out half a day rather than an hour or so!

All good fun though πŸ€ͺ


Well done on your first HM!

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to C3PO

Thankyou C3PO 😊

2718281Half Marathon

Well done! Looks like it was a very nice route and a really great run, congratulations :)

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to 2718281

Thank you, it was actually lovely to run around the places where I grew up!

AlMorr10 Miles

Congratulations on running your first Half Marathon, I hope you celebrated it in style πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽ“

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to AlMorr

Thankyou! I had a few 🍷🍷 on Saturday night and a huge roast dinner on the Sunday 😁

cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

Fantastic effort PF! You smashed that first HM and your time was amazing, really well done! I’ve yet to run the distance in a race and, like you and most other people, absolutely can’t wait. But we all have to. Boo!

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks cheeky, the flat route helped with the time but definitely room for improvement in the last few miles!

RaspberrypinkHalf Marathon

Well done on your fab run πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜Š. Hope you are fully recovered

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to Raspberrypink

Thankyou, just about recovered, no longer making involuntary noises when I stand up!


Brilliant! It was always going to be a PB, but it's definitely the icing on the cake to come in under your target time 😊. Long straight stretches really do go on forever don't they, it can be quite soul destroying! But there was nothing stopping you, not even those 100m πŸ˜… Congratulations!!!

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thank you linda9389! I thought at one point the wind would defeat me but like you say I managed to keep going! I was always going to have to complete the distance to get back to civilisation and the best way seemed to be to keep running 😁

triumph-tigerHalf Marathon

Great effort well done - nice to see another one of us who also managed our first HM on Saturday πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŽ‰

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to triumph-tiger

Thankyou- well done on completing yours too! It was nice to know there were fellow HU folks out there Saturday too, even if we were geographically far apart!

triumph-tigerHalf Marathon in reply to PurpleFish59

Yes indeed πŸ˜€

SmilingTortoise1Half Marathon

Woo hoo πŸ₯³ Massive congratulations on completing your HM and in such a good time πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

I also found the last leg of the HM really tough going too. Sounds like a lovely place to run 😊

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to SmilingTortoise1

Thankyou SmilingTortoise1, and well done on yours too. Your pace was very impressive!

Kevin41Half Marathon

Brilliant, well done!!! Having driven those long endless fen roads a few times I’m amazed anyone could run them!! They all look the same!!!! I reckon it would feel a bit like running on the spot. Really pleased to hear you beat your time - it’s great to achieve the distance isn’t it but to add another achievement is even better. Woohoo

PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to Kevin41

Thankyou Kevin! When the wind is behind you they are great places to run, it’s when you turn around they are less good πŸ™ˆ

Sandraj39Half Marathon

Congratulations on your HM PurpleFish!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰. I completely empathise with how far the last couple of kilometres can seem on tired legs but the sense of achievement is worth it!πŸ™‚

WimborneHalf Marathon

Woooo hooo PF πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³. Massive congrats and an incredibly long way to run... those miles at the end are the longest to run and so good you got that 100m in ! Well done you.

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