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linda9389Administrator

Hey there lovely runners! How's it going? Tell us all about it below!! 😊

Has anyone signed up for the Reunion 5k, one of the pilot events in the government’s Events Research Programme? virginmoneylondonmarathon.c... There seem to be some early signs of recovery in the world of running events, in England at least (hopefully to be more widespread soon).

Yesterday I was lucky enough to run a LIVE trail event (almost 300 in the HM, 200 in the 10K). I was very excited and super nervous all rolled into one. There are so many things I’ve missed from live events, and I couldn’t wait to run a route someone else designed, marked and marshalled; where I didn’t need to plot the course and make sure the tech was set up to give me directions. Not an obvious thing to miss perhaps, but one of many things on my long list!!!

Ironic then, that this should be the first event where I got lost 🙄. I wasn’t alone. After struggling to run around a hill (imagine your right foot being about 1m lower than the left for several hundred metres), my brain was slow to clock that everyone in front was bunching up. I saw a sharp left turn and a steep climb. But why had everyone stopped? It wasn’t the first hill. Slowly the penny dropped … Much muttering and confused shaking of heads as more runners came to a halt. Consensus was that we were wrong so we doubled back, stepped over a fence and took a steep uneven track down through trees to eventually come out onto the right path! I’ve checked the map since and really can't see how the first person would have decided to leave the main path and head around this hill, but we all followed like sheep!!! Hey ho! Any chance of a PB had long since gone for me, so I really didn’t worry too much and there’s a first time for everything!!!

Are you looking forward to live events again? What have you missed most? Or are they of no interest to you?

Whatever you have planned, have a great week, everyone!!!

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Blackberrypie profile image
BlackberrypieHalf Marathon

Because I only started running in lockdown I've never done a live event so it's all new to me and I feel a bit unsure where to start. Plus weekend time is at a premium and I don't think it's fair for me to spend too much time away. I'll probably dip my toe in the water with parkrun and see what happens!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Blackberrypie

Parkrun is a good place to start! So accessible, local, friendly, lots of atmosphere, free of charge and you can be home again by 10 or 10.30 with the rest of the day ahead of you 😊 My fingers are firmly crossed for the June restart.

A very good place to start.

Cowladyrunning profile image
CowladyrunningHalf Marathon

I haven't done a live race since doing the cancer research 5k's years ago! I'm quite nervous about signing up for one..... there's one on Chepstow racecourse soon but I'm hesitant....possibly because it's a long time since I've done one, possibly because I'll be doing it alone...no one else running here, possibly because I haven't 'seen' people for months and am becoming a hermit 😁😬🤦🏻‍♀️

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Cowladyrunning

I get all of that! I'm always nervous before an event. One of the things I like about events is that I can still run alone and on my own terms, but at the same time be totally immersed in and a part of a real running community. However the effect of all these hermit months will take a while to shake off in lots of ways. Yesterday's event was really well spaced at all stages - even down to orderly queues to climb the stiles and get through the gates 🙄

Cowladyrunning profile image
CowladyrunningHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

We are a sensible nation on the whole aren't we!!! I like the sound of your event too! (Apart from getting lost bit!) I'll look at what's around me again and see it I can pluck up some courage!!

Tasha99 profile image
Tasha99Marathon

That sounds like fun! Even if you did all get lost 🤣

I have done 2 live races recently and I loved them! It’s so nice to see people and get new T-shirts! Got another one next weekend too.

But, there are over 50 people in my club taking part in the Yorkshire marathon (or the 10 mile event on the same day and in the same place) in October, so I’m really hoping it goes ahead! It’ll be our club’s biggest event to date and we’ve even got a coach booked!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Tasha99

Wow that would be a great turnout! Several local clubs had small groups there yesterday. Its good to feel like things are slowly waking up again. Here's to your growing t-shirt collection 😀

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Tasha99

Ooooh a bus trip 😀. Game on !

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles

Thanks for this Linda.

UpTheStanley and I are now signed up for the reunion race - all in the interest of science obviously. If this will help get races going, we’ll do all we can to help. We will be as excited as the youngsters who were clubbing in Liverpool this weekend . 😂

I have missed parkrun more than anything (run-wise). I am so hoping it will return in 5th June.

Your trail run sounded fun. 🐑 🐑 🐑

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Dexy5

Brilliant! I was really tempted at first when it was planned to be 10k at Hatfield house, but less sure in it's new format. Which option did you go for? I have my fingers firmly crossed for Parkrun too - it will be awful if they have to abandon the start again but it must be a minefield to get going on such a large scale.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles in reply to linda9389

We went for B. A is too early for us.

I think parkrun’s idea of listing the approved events will help. If a prom run in one area is agreed , why not in another area?

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Dexy5

Yes, A is an early start if you don'tlive on the doorstep!!! I hope it goes well. I wonder if they imagine pre testing will be a given for large events in future?I guess parkruns and all race directors are at the mercy of landholders, and no one standard will prevail. Just have to hope a large enough percentage are approved, to avoid the impact of tourism on those that can go ahead. Such a balancing act.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles in reply to linda9389

Linda, do you think it’s worth posting about this on the bridge forum? The Great Run people sent me an email about it today, so they may be having problems attracting attention.

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Dexy5

That's a good idea Dexy. I imagined they would sell out really fast, but clearly not.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles in reply to linda9389

Do you want to do it as an admin post, or shall I?

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Dexy5

How about you do it - you can then say you've signed uo 😊

Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Half Marathon in reply to Dexy5

Wonderful - well done you for signing up!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles in reply to Sandraj39

Hopefully we will make a day of it and go somewhere else on the way back. We have no worries about being outside with others now.

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Dexy5

I felt much more relaxed at the pub yesterday than I expected - my first outing since October! It was a great way to finish. Having had my first vaccination has helped me a lot 🙂

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles in reply to linda9389

A brilliant way to finish your run experience Linda. It had to be done.

Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Half Marathon in reply to Dexy5

I am so tempted...

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles in reply to Sandraj39

You live closer than us too .......bling is involved......... 🤔

roseabi profile image
roseabiPartner in reply to Dexy5

Awesome! Looking forward to hearing about it!!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles in reply to roseabi

We will post to let everyone know how it goes. Very exciting.

roseabi profile image
roseabiPartner in reply to Dexy5

Very! 😍

runningdad profile image
runningdadHalf Marathon

Oh dear , sounds like fun though! Having someone plot out a sensible route with way markers and hydration stations are definitely what I miss. Currently suffering from a poorly planned half marathon distance run in the country hills. Beautiful and refreshing it may have been but gosh am I feeling it today!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to runningdad

A HM route takes a good deal of planning doesn't it? Especially if, like me, you don't like doing 'same old same old' on a ling run. There was just one hydration station and no loos on the route yesterday - you were encouraged to take your own drinks as part of the Covid plan (and I now have two nasty chafed spots from my hydration pack which I'm really feeling 😀). Keep moving and hopefully you'll feel easier very soon.

I’ve made a commitment and booked a place for the Cheshire Half Marathon on 12th Sept. Giving me 18 weeks to train. Not done more than 13 K but I think I can...

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Comfortnotspeed

Fabulous! I'm sure you can do it- you have plenty of time to increase your distance. I grew up in Cheshire - off to check out your route 🙂 !!! Chester metric marathon has been on my to do list for a while and I also fancy the Stockport half if it's back next year. So many events I fancy!!!

Linda- I’ve only done Park Run! So... I was attracted to the word “flat” although not “fast” 😀

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Comfortnotspeed

Flat is good in my book too! 😀

Cantstopmenow profile image
CantstopmenowHalf Marathon in reply to Comfortnotspeed

I read your comment 3 or 4 days ago and have been thinking about this ever since! I've looked at the course and checked the travelling time so I may just have to sign up too!! My first ever event was the Chester 10k just before lockdown last March, I'd love to do the hm. 😊

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Cantstopmenow

I'll have to wait til 2022. I have a place in Oxford HM this Oct - rolled on from 2019. I remember you doing Chester 10k and I'm sure the half will be fab!

Cantstopmenow profile image
CantstopmenowHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

And I'm hoping not to stop half a mile before the finish line 😂😂Enjoy the Oxford half x

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Cantstopmenow

Lightning never strikes twice but the finish line will definitely help 😂

Cantstopmenow profile image
CantstopmenowHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

I know. Only joking 😁

Woo Hoo! Great news! Just done first week of training on NRC. Week 1/18✔️

Cantstopmenow profile image
CantstopmenowHalf Marathon in reply to Comfortnotspeed

Well done! It's great to have something to aim for. It'll be brilliant! 👏👏

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

What a palava Linda! That must have been so annoying, and how awful for the first person to take that route - and embarrassing for the first person to follow them! 😳

I’ve been so fortunate during the pandemic as I’ve had my whole family around even more than usual, but running-wise I’ve really missed PR and PR tourism as well as missing out numerous times on running the real live Bath Half. So many postponements. 😩 No more virtual HMs for me! 😅 Here’s to March 2022 for that one, but at least I have Bristol to look forward to in September as well as a couple of 10k races, and the GSR. How wonderful they will be and I can’t wait. 🥰

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linda9389Administrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

In all the confusion I didn't really see who was at the front. One person behind me said 'we must be going the right way, look, people are still coming this way' Errr yes, that's because they're all following us!!!Virtual events have had their place for many, but like you I've had enough now. I can't wait to get beyond the bunched up deferrals and get to start choosing and planning properly again. Sounds like you have a great mix booked in for this year. Exciting times, especially if parkrun gets off the ground in June 🤞

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKHalf Marathon

Looks like you weren’t entirely to blame for the time then Linda. 😅How was it running with other people in a live event again? I’m really looking forward to Parkrun again and the Brighton 10k.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to BrianUK

Even knocking off the two or three minutes standing time, I'd still be in the last twenty!!! 🤬😀 Maybe it's only faster runners that are ready to go back.I have to say it actually felt very safe. The start was a massive area with loos and bib collection and start line all within a 100m of each other. Plus, you could pretty much start when you arrived, rather than sticking to your given wave. I have to say it lacked real atmosphere though. No music or spectators. The marshals were lovely of course. But I think it's always a fairly low key event - very different from Brighton 10k I imagine. In fact we have more runners each week at our local parkrun - or we did pre Covid!!!

Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Half Marathon

Sorry about the frustrations of the route Linda but how great to take part in a live event!

I have a 10k next weekend - entry restricted to 500 and two separate start times and spaced out waves within this. I am really looking forward to running with others again but like you, am always so nervous on race day!!

The Reunion 5k sounds like an important step towards the return of mass events, with the added security of testing and of course trialling the way we manage these in the future. It will be pretty emotional for all those there I’m sure...🙏🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♂️

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Sandraj39

Ooh, good luck! That sounds very similar to mine - just under 500 runners starting over a two hour period, The HM started an hour before the 10k. 4 waves (designed more to space out arrivals acccording to the organiser) and individual starts 10-15 seconds apart. I hope you have a fabulous time.The Reunion 5k should have the most amazing atmosphere - like you I think it will be very emotional too, especially Race C.

Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Am very tempted to sign up...🤔

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Sandraj39

On social media there has been something of a 'marmite' reaction, with some people clearly feeling it's not safe and others being really keen to help or to be a part of something they see as so positive. Definitely an individual choice 🙂

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles in reply to Sandraj39

They were promoting the reunion 5k on the parkrun podcast today. I think they are worried about the number of landowners who are unwilling to sign off the permissions. They see the reunions as a way of proving that outdoor running is safe. 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

Fran6500 profile image
Fran6500Half Marathon

I have the London Landmarks HM on 1 August to look forward to - assuming Portugal is on the Green list and vice versa. It is hard to make any plans until the UK government state their rules. But really really hope that we can fly and attend. We will stay in the UK for 4 weeks or so, so hoping I will get one or two Park Runs in and possibly a 10k dependant on what is organised. We will be in London, Southampton, York, Leeds and Manchester at various times during the 4 weeks so fingers crossed I can book something. Unfortunately, we dont feel ready to book any flights never mind races😅

I have booked and paid for a place in the York 10k on 1 August but of course the LLHM date was changed to that date so cannot do both. Not sure I can defer to next year. Will look into it.

I have started a McMillan Garmin plan to finish in a goal time. Loving it so far (4 weeks in) and hope the training stands me in good stead for the HM goal pace.

But enough about me!!! Really happy to hear about all your plans for the various races and wish you all well. I am jealous in many ways of your access to the races but where I live is a good place to wait out the lockdowns and restrictions - I can't have it both ways xx

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Fran6500

LLHM doesn't sound quite so far off now! Fingers crossed that all falls in to place. I need to fly to Canada but, like you, there are so many difficulties and unknowns that it feels impossible to make any plans.Sounds like that will be a great trip if it happens - lots of scope for parkrun tourism there. Fingers crossed for you 🤞 In the meantime, nothing like a good training plan to keep you busy 😊

Cmoi profile image
CmoiMetric Marathon

Morning linda9389 and everyone 😀

I've not been running a year yet, I started C25K after France's first lockdown, so have no live event experience. Nothing's likely to return here for weeks or months, which frankly doesn't bother me, as I really don't fancy running in a crowd.

As for my 2nd October maratrail (trailsaintjacques.com/epreu...) I've already managed to stress about collecting my race number, where to pin it, the weather, what to wear, what I have to take, buying and using a running watch, how to get there, what time it starts, arriving on time, finding the start, missing the checkpoints, getting lost, getting disqualified...

Oddly enough the panic about actually completing hasn't yet set in; I'm assuming that will arrive later!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles in reply to Cmoi

You missed wanting the loo Cmoi, even when you’ve just been to the loo. 🤣

Cmoi profile image
CmoiMetric Marathon in reply to Dexy5

Given where I'll be running, I'm not sure that loos will feature! 😱😜🤣

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linda9389Administrator

Yep, I think you have most of the worries covered there. Well done!!! Means you're on the ball, know what you're doing 😄 Almost impossible to believe you've been running less than a year, amazing!!! I have no doubt you'll complete your maratrail ... weather permitting 😀

RunWillie profile image
RunWillie10 Miles

No live events planned for me apart from weekly park run when we’re not in lockdown 😷🇦🇺

On other essential news 🤣 I’ve just ordered the Hoka Mach 4 which may or may not do a solo HM with me this year!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to RunWillie

Ooh that's exciting!!! Parkrun, new shoes AND a half marathon!!! Fabulous 👍

Decker profile image
DeckerModerator in reply to RunWillie

Oh you went for the Mach 4s! Hope you like them as much as I do mine.

RunWillie profile image
RunWillie10 Miles in reply to Decker

Thanks Decker 👍🏻

After your recommendation and the online reviews I read. I decided they should be perfect for my long run and my faster 5k once a week. I’ll keep the Altra in my rotation for mid distance recovery days.

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IrishprincessHalf Marathon

Oh how lovely to do a live event again Linda! Sounds fab, even the taking the wrong route thing as it’s all fun isn’t it? Hope you got bling 🙂

I’ve really missed live events although in our local area they’ve been back for a few weeks now but I haven’t been tempted yet. I think once I get my second vaccine I’ll feel much happier. Also, I think I’d really miss the crowds and spectators. Did you find that on yours? At almost all my previous races it was the atmosphere of the spectators that kept me going on tricky spots and especially at the finish. But hey ho, we are where we are and it’s just great that we can get back to some kind of proper racing with a hope that we can have crowds again in the future.

I have the Bristol HM in September and that’s all I’ve got in the diary atm but once I get back home I’ll take a closer look at what’s around.

Have a good week everyone 🙂

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Irishprincess

I almost forgot the bling! My daughter's biyfriend and her best friend did the 10k. They waited and gave me a cheer 2k from the end and stood on the finish line too. When I finished I headed to them (both wearing medals) and we walked back to the cars. It was only as we split that J said 'did you get your medal?' Oops. I wasn't quite with it yesterday 😕I definitely missed the spectators and also music. My hubbie and daughter were waiting about 5k from the end as arranged. Amazingly - her boyfriend came up behind me literally as the HM rejoined the 10k route so he said a quick hello before powering off up the hill into the distance. That all helped, but if I'm being honest, I did feel very alone and unsupported/unmotivated for a long stretch in the middle. A 10k might have been better with the lack of spectators.

By September, infirmed by the findings of the Reunion 5ks, maybe spectators will have made a return 🤞

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IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

I can’t seem to “like” posts atm….. You almost forgot the bling!!!!!! Linda!!!! 😱

I see what you mean about the lack of crowd support but I guess even at pre-lockdown races, there were always patches where there was a lack of spectators.

Roll on some kind of normality again 👍

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Irishprincess

I've had problems with likes today too (using the web version on my phone)

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Still a bit iffy. I “liked” your reply but it didn’t show up until after I refreshed the page….

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Irishprincess

Same here. Looks like it hasn't worked .. but is there after a refresh.

Stephen_UK profile image
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon

Sounds like an “interesting” run, Linda. Not surprising that you followed the people ahead. That’s what everyone would do, isn’t it?

Great to see events coming back. Still hopeful for London Landmarks...

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misswobbleMarathon

That sounds like fun. Even the follow-my-leader going a bit wrong. It’s fun though innit 😃

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linda9389Administrator in reply to misswobble

Just have to laugh! At least we hadn't gone miles out of our way 😄

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misswobbleMarathon in reply to linda9389

Phew 😃

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misswobbleMarathon

I’ve missed racing like mad 😩. I’m not getting any younger so am impatient to be out there hauling my sorry ar*e about 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

On that note, my 64th birthday November marathon is booked as is my hotel.

Hoping for a June trail race, which is just a walk to the start for me. All my other usual races are cancelled. Even the local half marathon is no more, replaced by a 10k, but I’ll be there 🙂🏃‍♀️ October I think 🤔

Til then I’m running regularly and on target for a half marathon run every month 🙂

Trying to get my weight down a bit as I’m carrying some ballast ☺️

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linda9389Administrator in reply to misswobble

What better way to celebrate a birthday! My local 'walk to' race was cancelled this year and last, so my place has rolled over to Apr 2022!I'm also carrying unwanted ballast at the moment. Not making any headway with it yet, but every day is a fresh opportunity right?

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to linda9389

Stick at it 😃. I lost 1.5 pounds in two weeks 🙂. The trend is down 💪

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to misswobble

I need to stick with it beyond mid aafternoon. It will click. Just haven't got to the right day yet 🙄

roseabi profile image
roseabiPartner

So annoying to get lost during an organised event! Still, things will get better!! 😍

I am feeling a little anxiety about the travelling arrangements for my upcoming events, and also the fact that they are all very close together! But I am looking forward to them very much - particularly the support, and that finish line feeling!!

I'm also looking forward to starting my ultramarathon plan, and Jeff Galloway, my HALF MARATHON Garmin coach, has been getting me off to a good start - Friday has 32 km on the schedule!!!! 😜

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linda9389Administrator in reply to roseabi

Wow! My ultra plan only goes to 32km (edit: oops, as roseabi points out, my plan actually goes to 35k but is still short of the full 52k event)!!! Talk about being prepared 😄. All these cancellations have caused a few autumn calendars to overfill ... will call for some judicious cut back weeks! But just think of all those finish line feelings 😍

nowster profile image
nowster10 Miles in reply to linda9389

Um... 32km isn't even a Marathon.

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roseabiPartner in reply to nowster

The longest run in Linda's plan (actually 35k) is enough to train for a first time 50k, and really is plenty for anyone who wants to conserve their fitness and try to avoid injury by not overdoing their overall mileage (most of us, right?). Many novice marathon plans have a longest run of 30k, which has roughly the same longest-run:race-distance ratio. And don't forget that the aforementioned back-to-back runs are also a strong feature of this training plan.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to roseabi

Oh yes, 35k! oops!!!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to nowster

roseabi is spot on (and yes, my plan does actually) go to 35km not 32km!!! Many HM plans only go to 10 miles, marathon plans rarely go the full distance either. For my marathon I went to 34k (including the warm up walk). The extra distance on the day was fine. The 'short' long distance appeals to me precisely because it reduces the chances of getting injured in the run up to the event. There are only a few weeks of really long runs in the plan.

nowster profile image
nowster10 Miles in reply to linda9389

Interesting... I assumed that you trained to be close to the race distance, then dropped back to shorter runs as the big day approached.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to nowster

You can! I did for my first few Half Marathon's because I believed I needed that confidence. For the marathon it wasn't practical for various reasons and it was absolutely fine. The atmosphere on the day made the difference. The longer distances really take it out of you; there's a limit to how often I want to run 50k or more!

Cmoi profile image
CmoiMetric Marathon in reply to linda9389

I've just looked at my maratrail plan linda9389 and the longest run is 20 miles, so 32.2k. Right now that seems simultaneously not nearly enough and impossibly long. Also don't know whether to be overjoyed or horrified that there are only three runs in the plan that are longer than I've already run. Must stop overthinking this! 🤔

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Cmoi

My ultra plan is similar. It takes 7 weeks to get to 25k then three weeks later I do 35k and then a week or two to taper before the real 52k🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️😕 😂

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linda9389Administrator in reply to nowster

nor is 35km 😂

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to roseabi

Oooh I hope the weather is good. Today is vile 😩. Mind you the worst came after I got home from my run 😅

Don’t forget the Hula Hoops 😋

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linda9389Administrator in reply to misswobble

Haha. I read roseabi's comment and my first thought was to look outside and hope the weather's better than today 😅

roseabi profile image
roseabiPartner in reply to misswobble

I have them ready 😊😊💍

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to roseabi

I tip my head back and pour em in. Then I realise I’ve got no drink 😁

roseabi profile image
roseabiPartner in reply to misswobble

😂😂😂

roseabi profile image
roseabiPartner in reply to roseabi

Spent some time yesterday booking hotels for my triathlon and ultramarathon, so I feel calmer now 😊😊😊

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linda9389Administrator in reply to roseabi

Back in control ✔

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misswobbleMarathon in reply to roseabi

Exciting times 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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misswobbleMarathon

I have done a lot of long training runs in horrible weather and in the dark but it’s no fun Getting tsunamied by passing juggernauts 🌊 😩 It’s a whole different ballgame in fine weather though.

Let’s hope for a break in the weather 🌝🤞

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triumph-tigerHalf Marathon

Glad you managed to get and do a live event - even with the challenges. Guess that is a problem with trail runs - I know the 10k river run I did a couple years back was poorly marked at one point and a lot of people went the wrong way! Still as long as able to enjoy the run that is the main thing 😀

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linda9389Administrator in reply to triumph-tiger

As it happens, I hated every minute beyond 13k!!! That was my fault though, not the route 😀 Wonder if your river run was the same company? F3 by any chance? We didn't even get distance markers. Tough for anyone without a watch (or for anyone who got lost and didn't know much extra or short they'd gone 🙄). Luckily I was virtually spot on 21.1 when I reached the finish mat (I think the actual course was a bit short compared to Garmin, or at least that's what the two 10k runners found).

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triumph-tigerHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

No the one I did was with Fullsteam, though sounds like similar issues. That one was also short, though I also had problems with my Fitbit that day (was before I had a Garmin) so never got an accurate distance.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to triumph-tiger

Frustrating! It seems harder to get an accurate distance on a trail run. This particular one went through wide grassy spaces and there were many lines you could take - especially given social distancing and it being an out and back route for half of it, shared with the public.

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Ermmm....I have signed up for the Great North Run! A charity wrote to me and asked if I fancied it; I signed up the same day! Bit rash as I am struggling to run 3k at present; my peroneals on my right lower leg are still sore after massage last Friday. There is plenty of time before 12 September; of course there is 😬

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes, of course there is!!! Your physio will have you truly sorted by then. Great to have something to look forward to 😊

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DeckerModerator

Oh your adventure sounds a lot like my Fat Ass trail race last November, where I took a wrong turn, wound up in the opposite direction than most everyone else! Not my finest moment. At least in that case the organizers expected some people to wander and even gave out a prize for the most lost runner! No idea how they ever found them.

I am just signed up for one trail race, deferred from last year. It's not until October, and we are still in lockdown, but hoping things will be back to some sense of normality by then. Until then, just trying to keep the engine ticking over.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Decker

Wow. Really? They expected people to get lost 🤔 I was running with a Garmin workout - for my 1.4/0.1 run/walk intervals - which meant I couldn't run with a course on my watch (I so wish you could do both at the same time). I might think again and add Komoot to the mix if I do another trail run 😀Canada are having a rough time at the moment aren't they. BC seem to have turned the tide at last, hopefully you are seeing improvements again now too, especially with the lockdown.

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