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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon

I haven’t posted my training for today as I’ve not got myself sorted but I’ve been reading all your tips and advice. Anyway today was the day and as I really don’t like the sunshine and it was a virtual one I decided to set off at 5am. I was excited and determined to enjoy it. And enjoy it I did even though at about mile 10 I had to stop and stretch my back and by the time I got home I was walking because my knee was complaining badly as was my back. But I did it. Not sure it’s a distance I would do again but as I wanted to have run a half marathon before I was 70 next year I’m glad I did it.

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Teresa1632Half Marathon

Very well done! The first time you attempt that distance is always hard physically and mentally, especially the last few miles. I attempted my first half at 63 yrs old. No problem with sunshine - the heavens opened and it rained all the way - soaked to the knickers 😱Congratulations on a great achievement. Feet up and relax now!

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to Teresa1632

Oh wow you wouldn’t forget that one 😂. I had a similar experience a few weeks ago!

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Teresa1632Half Marathon in reply to Knittingrunner

I was encouraged by a running buddy - she ran her first marathon on her 70th birthday. She ran the same half as me and came in 10 mins faster - she was 75. 😊 Never say never!

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to Teresa1632

Wow! That gives me hope. 😊🏃🏻‍♀️

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Teresa1632Half Marathon in reply to Knittingrunner

I discovered Jeffing from someone on this site. So I do all my runs now at 30/30, or 20/30. Lifesaver for sure. And quicker than continously running. jeffgalloway.com/training/r...

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to Teresa1632

I Jeff too. 😊It’s certainly a life saver and I’ve learnt to adjust the interval according to my heart rate so I can keep it down. Magic.

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Imc50Half Marathon

Bravo Knittingrunner 👍

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

Absolute superstar KR! ⭐️ 🎉🙌🏃‍♀️🥰

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SmilingTortoise1Half Marathon

An awesome achievement - well done 👏✔👍

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GoGo_JoJoUltramarathon

Fantastic! Well done you! I think a self supported, self motivated run is an extra achievement in its own right. Great effort 👍🏻🎖👌🏻

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thank you. I wasn’t totally alone. I used the guided runs on NRC and remembered all the advice on here about increasing distance slowly and steadily and created my own plan. 😊

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DeckerModerator

An amazing achievement! Well done!

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linda9389Administrator

Fantastic run! Awesome achievement. I've watched you building your runs on strava and it's great to see you achieve your goal. Rest well, feel very proud and keep smiling!!!

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thanks Linda. Tracking you on Strava keeps me motivated. Hope your surviving ok. X

Congratulations 🥳 on your first half marathon. Another well done for starting out at 5am 😳😂

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Sandraj39Half Marathon

Brilliant! 👏👏👏🏅What a fantastic achievement and goes to show age is no barrier with the right determination and training! I hope you recover well and the aches and niggles settle quickly!🤞🙂

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you. Feeling better this morning although it was a bit tricky getting down stairs 😂

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Sandraj39Half Marathon in reply to Knittingrunner

…but you did it! (the Half Marathon I mean, not the stairs!🤣🤣)

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to Sandraj39

😂😂

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Brilliant run!! I am hoping to do my second HM in September; you have encouraged me!! 🥂👏👏👏👏

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Good luck. Hopefully by September it will be a bit cooler.

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lexi610 Miles

Wow! Brilliant achievement Knittingrunner 👏🏻🥳

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MagellanMetric Marathon

Well done, that’s fantastic!

Brilliant I’m aiming for that milestone too . It’s such a great feeling finally notching up your hard earned goal.Well done !!!

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to Teddybob

Good luck. I’m so glad I did it. Just goes to show that slowly does it. 😊

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NanaPlum10 Miles

FABULOUS FABULOUS FABULOUS. I’m doing the NRC HM plan and hope to be celebrating in September, feeling happy and inspired by you

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to NanaPlum

Good luck. I like NRC guided runs but haven’t used there plan yet. But am thinking I might give it a go.

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AlMorr10 Miles

A very sensible decision on running your first Half Marathon at five o'clock in the morning and congratulations 🎊, now go and celebrate your wonderful achievement 🏃🏾 👍

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to AlMorr

Thank you. Celebrated with cake and pizza and my friend brought me some lovely flowers too. Hubby was playing congratulations and celebrations when I got home. 😊

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AlMorr10 Miles in reply to Knittingrunner

Cliff and Congratulations 🎊 😊

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Dups10 Miles

What an amazing achievement . Well done, awesome 👏👏👏👏👏

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00marksMetric Marathon

Congratulations on your first HM!

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CmoiMetric Marathon

Congratulations Knittingrunner, wonderful achievement!

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nowster10 Miles

Very well done! I've not got there yet (but I've tried).

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to nowster

There’s always another time. 👍🤞

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nowster10 Miles in reply to Knittingrunner

I got to 18km in one run. The next was going to be 20km with an option to extend to HM, but circumstances were against me. I'll have another try, but not this month. I'm consolidating around 10km ahead of the Manchester NHS 10K on July 4th. (Assuming it goes ahead as planned.)

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to nowster

Good luck with that. Sounds like you’re almost there though.

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SkiMondayMarathon

That's a great achievement, well done! Really early start too!

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sparky6610 Miles

Huge well done 👏👏👏That's a great achievement.. hope you feeling ok today?

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to sparky66

Feeling remarkably good thank you. Yes my knee is a bit swollen but I’m really pleased at how well I’ve recovered. That’s jeffing I think. 😊

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Lavender1962Half Marathon

Congratulations on your first half marathon!👏🥳

Awesome Knittingrunner, many congratulations, enjoy your fantastic achievement and your recovery 🤗

Amazing, many congratulations Knittingrunner 🎉👏👏👏 and a very inspiring post! I'm hoping to build up to a HM sometime in the autumn and your post has really given me extra motivation, thank you! 😃

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to Beatlesforever

Good luck. I think I’d prefer to do it in the autumn too but of course you have to train in the summer which isn’t so good. On second thoughts I think I’d prefer a spring one. Winter is my preferred time to run. 😊

I'm with you, I signed up to the HUHM that fitted perfectly with winter training and spring HM but I was on the IC on and off earlier this year so I had to postpone it. At least this way I've got the motivation to keep running through summer 🥵🥵🥵

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to Beatlesforever

That’s true and I read somewhere that the more hot running you do the easier it gets! You can let us know. 😉

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Frenc10 Miles

Well done you! That looks like a lovely circular route too, how nice to be by the sea 😊. What an achievement - I hope your knee and back feel better today! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to Frenc

Thank you. It is lovely running along the sea front as long as it’s before it gets busy 🥴! Thankfully knee and back are nicely on the mend and I really want to get out tomorrow and give it a little go. 🤞🏻I will be ok. 😊🏃🏻‍♀️

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Curlygurly2Half Marathon

Just seen this, congratulations! Hope you're feeling better now x

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KnittingrunnerHalf Marathon in reply to Curlygurly2

Thank you. Yes feeling a lot better now.

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