Hi there all you lovely HM runners!
★ How’s it going?
Life’s a bit pants still isn't it?
All that excitement over saying goodbye to 2020 and welcoming in 2021 for a brighter, better running year … and what have we got? Lousy weather, dark days and a nationwide lockdown in the UK and many other countries too, which means spring events are once again under serious threat of cancellation. Pants. Just pants! Easy to give up at this point, write off the idea of a spring Half Marathon altogether, snuggle up on the couch with a good book …
We’re better than that! Stronger than that! We’ve got a Half Marathon group (with 47 names on the list) and can’t just go throwing that away! We’ve got each other and plenty of support and motivation to share. We can keep those gremlins at bay. In short, we’ve still got this!
★ What next?
I see only two options - we can either
✔ keep training or
✔ we can start our training (if for some reason you already fell off the wagon or indeed, if this is the first you’ve thought of joining the group) !!!
★ Need some extra motivation?
★ Strava club
Remember the optional strava club - giving kudos or commenting when you see someone has completed an awesome run, or struggled to complete a run when the odds were against them; it really does help. Here's the link if you haven’t joined yet but would like to
★ Real events
There’s nothing quite like a live race, with a fixed date to focus our efforts. It is still possible to book spring events but do check the T&Cs carefully as, sadly, the likelihood of spring events being cancelled has to be pretty high for Feb and March at the very least. To see what’s still available, sites like RunBritain, Find a Race or Let’s Do This are a good place to start.
★ Virtual events and associated goodies
There are many virtual events that you can enter. There is usually an online leaderboard, sometimes official race bibs, often a medal or other goodies such as tshirt, or socks etc. These events generally fall into two categories:
✔ Those that replace a real event set up by the race organiser who has already committed to spend on events that have been cancelled or postponed and is trying to recoup some of their losses; paying for their virtual event might help keep them alive until things are better
✔ Virtual events set up in their own right (sometimes the entry fee will include a donation to a specific charity)
I have started a list of some of the virtual HM events available, but if you know of any more to add, let us know in the comments below. You can view the list here: docs.google.com/spreadsheet...
★ The HealthUnlocked spring 2021 Half Marathon
This is breaking news!!! Roseabi and I are looking into the possibility of our very own HU event. Most likely towards the end of March. It’s in the very early planning stages at the moment (think brainstorming and R&D), but we really hope to put something together that we could all do, on the same weekend, possibly guided with a simple app so we can all share the same experience!
★ Keep your comments coming!
As ever, the strength of this group is in shared information, experiences and support. Do let us know in the comments how it’s going for you, how you’re progressing, how you’re feeling. We will make regular posts now - let’s do this!
Have fun out there, take care, enjoy the runs and happy HM training everyone 😍
roseabi & linda9389 xxx
January 15th, 2021
Spring 2021 Half Marathon Group list: docs.google.com/spreadsheet...
HUHM Spring 2021 Strava Club: strava.com/clubs/HUHMspring21
Virtual events list: docs.google.com/spreadsheet...
Invitation to join: healthunlocked.com/marathon...
Check-in and strava club: