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★ Are you aiming for a Half Marathon this Autumn?

We notice from replies to Irish Princess’s latest weekly chat post that lots of us are aiming for a half marathon this autumn. For some it may be the first, whilst others are veterans with many previous half marathons to their name. But right now we’re all in the same boat; either choosing a plan or just starting out in the early weeks of training!!!

★ A new group for autumn 2021

We’d love to set up another HM group so we can once again share our experiences, our questions and our support.

It will be slightly different to previous years insofar as we won’t be writing weekly posts for the group; instead please do let us know how it’s going in the weekly chat or in posts of your own (particularly if you have specific questions, issues or useful information to share).

★ Lots of useful information from previous groups

There’s lots of info in previous group posts which you can search for on this forum, but there are two pinned posts that you may find particularly useful (especially if this will be your first HM):

Half Marathon training plans 😍 How to find a good plan for YOU! healthunlocked.com/marathon...

and

Training for a Half Marathon; from choosing a training plan to hanging your bling 🏅 healthunlocked.com/marathon... (collated from the spring 2020 HM group)

★ Tell us your plans; we'll set up a group list

To kick the group off, just let us know what you are aiming for:

- The date and name of your event (if you have one in mind)

- The training plan you are following (whether you’ve chosen an existing one or made up your own - or perhaps you’re winging it this time!)

- Whether this is your first HM

We’ll add your details to an autumn 2021 group list so you can look for ideas or maybe see if anyone is doing the same event as you! You can find the list here: docs.google.com/spreadsheet...

★ Another virtual HUHM event?

Finally, we wondered if anyone would be interested in another HU virtual event this autumn? If there is enough interest we will put something together again. Just let us know in the comments below!

So, to anyone aiming for a HM this autumn, let us know what you're aiming for in the comments below, good luck, have fun and remember, you’re never alone! Keep sharing!!!

Here's to running and having fun!!!

linda9389 & roseabi xxx

June 27th, 2021

Group list: docs.google.com/spreadsheet...

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linda9389Administrator

I'll kick this off with my event - I have Oxford HM on 17th October (I had it on my calendar as 10th, it was only when adding myself to this group list that I realised my mistake, oops!!!).

Not too sure about a plan, but - as I currently have the luxury of 16 weeks to train - I'm considering this Coach Mag 16 week HM plan coachmag.co.uk/half-maratho... No, I'm not aiming for sub 2 hour, so I will be adjusting the recommended paces!!!

This will be my fourth real HM event if it goes ahead (and at my third time of trying Oxford - attempt one was abandoned for a stress fracture, attempt two because of Covid, so here's to third time lucky).

Let's do this!

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roseabiPartner in reply to linda9389

I've got the Oxford Half too!

No idea about a plan, I've got the Brighton Marathon five weeks before. I'll think about it later 😂

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linda9389Administrator in reply to roseabi

I'm almost certainly ditching my ultra now, so hopefully won't be as broken for Oxford as I'd expected. You'll either be broken or you'll storm the half ... I'm betting on the latter 😍

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roseabiPartner in reply to linda9389

Aw thanks for the vote of confidence! 😍 After a couple of dodgy ones I'm a bit phased by half marathons at the moment 😂

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Stephen_UKHalf Marathon

Hi Linda. Hope all’s well with you. Really pleased to see you doing this group. Thank you as always for organising.

I am running the much-delayed (over a year now) London Landmarks HM on 1st August. My first official event, even though I’ve now done the distance a few times. Just five weeks to go!

Good luck training for Oxford!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Stephen_UK

We're all rooting for you! And do let us know if you enjoy it enough to want to do another in autumn 😊

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Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thanks, Linda. Yes, if I survive LL I will definitely be looking to do more – especially if I can find something in the London area.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Stephen_UK

I'm sure there will be options around London

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misswobbleMarathon

I’m kicking myself this week, as I ran 18km without realising it, when I could have gone a bit further and ticked off my HM.

Our town’s annual HM has been binned for good 🤨🙄 The replacement race is 10k, which I will probably do to support the event. Bit miffed as no-one got asked which they’d prefer 🙁

Uphill finish 😁

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linda9389Administrator in reply to misswobble

Still, looking on the bright side it gives you something to do in the next week or two!!!Shame about the local event though, must've been great having an HM on the doorstep.

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misswobbleMarathon in reply to linda9389

It started off as a marathon! That was binned amid some turmoil over the route.

The HM was then very popular, but the new organiser wants more runners to make it more inclusive, and sees 10km as the way to achieve it. I hope it works out as he and his staff put so much effort into it

Strolling down the road to the start line is lovely. The race won’t go past my house anymore though so I’ve lost my supporters on the street. My road was “the party zone” which was a real boost between 10 and 11k

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linda9389Administrator in reply to misswobble

Sounds like it was amazing! Still, the uphill being after only 10k is something of a bonus ...

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misswobbleMarathon in reply to linda9389

It’ll catch some out I think. Maybe those that go off like rockets. that won’t be me 😁. It’s a pig of a hill. Long too 😤

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linda9389Administrator in reply to misswobble

Evil!!!

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misswobbleMarathon in reply to linda9389

Yes they’re so and so’s. Last time I ran the half we thought it was over the bridge to the finish line. No! We had to do several laps of the entire park! Folks were throwing up 🤮🤢. Not me I hasten to add 😇

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Langley-LoperHalf Marathon

Big Half for me - postponed to 22 August so not really Autumn, could be a hot summer HM. I have 8 weeks to get fit again after my bike crash 3 weeks ago and I tried my new hydration vest yesterday on a hot sweaty 10k.Today my thighs are killing me, I'm so out of condition after a 2 week break from exercise.

I'm using the plan that Big Half sent me. It's more of a beginners plan so suited to how I feel right now.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Langley-Loper

Ooh that sounds tough. It won't last though, you'll get the fitness back before you know it! Good luck though. I just unpacked a new hydration vest - fingers crossed I don't have the same chafing issues with this one!!!

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Langley-LoperHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

decathlon.co.uk/p/trail-run... bought this one. Spent a long time adjusting it in front of the mirror before I set off with the bladder about half full. No chafing on the first test outing!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Langley-Loper

That's a good start! I settled for the Aonijie one that lots of people seem to have used although the Decathlon one was the other one I considered.

Yay so happy to read this post! Thank you 😃 I'm training (again) for my first HM, no event planned. I'm on the NRC plan and according to them I've just finished the '11 weeks to go' set of runs. Would love a HUHM virtual event if possible since I missed the last one due to injury but I guess a lot of people will have signed up for actual events now that things are opening up a bit more.Good luck everyone!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Beatlesforever

Sounds like a great start. Keep body-checking for any signs of niggles and hopefully the half marathon will be yours this time. Interest in a virtual HUHM noted 😊

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nowsterHalf Marathon

I'm inching again towards the HM distance having had a setback in late April (tight hamstrings and pulled adductor).

There's no event. It is purely a personal challenge, extending the long weekend runs using the 10% rule, whilst doing three or four shorter runs during the week.

I've been doing a few 10km runs over the last few weeks, then last week I did 12km, and yesterday 15km.

Next weekend is planned as 16.1km (10 miles), the following at 18km. I've done both of those distances before.

The one after that is planned as 20km with the possibility of plodding the extra 1.1km to make it a HM if I'm feeling up to it.

The weekend after may see the resumption of parkruns...

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linda9389Administrator in reply to nowster

I'm sure you'll crack it this time. That's a great plan. We're all rooting for you!

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nowsterHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

The last two distances will be done in NW Wales if everything goes to plan. It's going to be very hilly in places.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to nowster

Challenging stuff!!!

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nowsterHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

This is what the height profile looks like. I've actually done bits of this a few weeks ago. Not the big dip/climb at about 12¾km mark, though!

Welsh HM route height profile
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linda9389Administrator in reply to nowster

Yup, that's bouncy!!!

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IrishprincessHalf Marathon

Brilliant timing! I’ve been putting together an actual plan for the first time ever and worked on it yesterday, a proper hand written/drawn week-by-week plan 😇

I’ll post it when it’s finished as I promised some folks here that I would.

Count me in please Linda. I’ve got the Bristol HM on 19 September and will hopefully meet up with cheekychipmunks at last 🙂 Although I’ve done a few HM’s on my own this will be my first official event.

I’ve never followed a plan to completion apart from C25K and I don’t really get on with them so this will be a new experience for me 🙂

But being part of a group again will be the icing on the cake. Thanks for organising 😍

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Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Would be interested to see that plan, IP. I don’t actually have one (other than to continue running three times a week).

Very much looking forward to your full report on this event and also a detailed account of the legendary Chipmunk/Princess encounter!

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IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to Stephen_UK

It’s a Hal Higdon plan Stephen plus some bits Ive taken from an old ASICS plan I found. Just trying to work out my paces…..

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Irishprincess

Interested in that bit! I've been adjusting the ones in my plan but there's not a lot of science behind my attempts 😀

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IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

I’m looking at the RW training pace calculator plus my own recent stats plus and old ASICS plan I found hanging around…. I’m getting a bit confused…. ☹️

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Irishprincess

I looked at what GHMP I would need to get a PR (by a millisecond or two, nothing pushy). But then I guessed a similar adjustment to steady and temp paces as defined by the plan; and the tempo looks way beyond me! so either, I calculated wrong, or I'll improve as I go or ... I'm not going to PB 😕😀 Maybe it's time for me to look at another plan that doesn't make me face up to anything just yet!!!

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IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

If I don’t like the look of the numbers, I try something else 😂 which is not what you’re supposed to do is it?

I need to get my head around the fact that I need to run the long runs slower than I normally do and run the fast runs faster….

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Irishprincess

Brilliant! it was you that got us moving, so thank you!!! Maybe as you've developed yourself a personalised plan you'll stick to it this time around 😀

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IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

I’ve still got knee niggles 🙄

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Irishprincess

Oh no! It's so frustrating isn't it? I still have quad niggles, but I'm hoping they will go away. Massage on Thursday ğŸ¤ž

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IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

It’s so frustrating Linda. I’m making an appointment to see my podiatrist because I can’t work out where else mine are coming from. I’m not running long runs, I’ve got new shoes, I had a sports massage, I’ve rolled, stretched, etc. He “reconditioned” my orthotics in January but I couldn’t see him face to face for a treadmill analysis so I’m thinking perhaps that’s the reason for the niggles. They maybe need a little adjustment. I’m praying that’s the reason….

“Enjoy” your massage 😏

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Irishprincess

I hope it's something simple IP. Face to face has got to be a whole lot better ğŸ¤ž

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IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

ğŸ¤ž

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SkiMondayUltramarathon in reply to Irishprincess

I've volunteered to marshal at the Bristol HM (if the ParkRun crew ever get around to reading their emails). Figure I'm already fit enough to do marshalling ğŸ˜Ž

I'm also planning to squeeze in a 10k for the world record attempt that day.

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IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to SkiMonday

Great! We’ll all have to make ourselves known to each other 🙂

A world record attempt! Wow! ……. tootling off to google what it is…. 🤔

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Just noticed this SkiMonday! You'll need to cheer Irishprincess and myself on! I won't have Flossie with me this time, but maybe you'll still recognise me. I know I'll recognise you, so I'll keep an eye out! Note: I won't be near the front .... or middle of the pack!

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SkiMondayUltramarathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Hi cheekychipmunks I think I'd recognise you although it might be tricky if there are a lot of runners around. Must admit, people often seem to recognise me more easily than I do them. I've never met Irishprincess so I'd struggle to recognise her.

Still haven't heard back from ParkRun about the marshalling. I'm down as timekeeper for Pomphrey Hill at the end of the month (literally, on the 31st), so I'll try and find out what's happening then. Hopefully by then, I'll be able to run down to Pomphrey.

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IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to SkiMonday

We can exchange phone numbers before the day and then you can tell us where you’ll be…. So exciting 🤗

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TjcpHalf Marathon in reply to SkiMonday

Doing that too!

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TjcpHalf Marathon in reply to Tjcp

The 10k World Record Attempt...

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

Yay Linda, count me in (again!) 👏👏 As Irishprincess has already mentioned, I’m entered in the Bristol HM on September 19th. I was originally down for the 10k, but transferred to the HM a) to meet IP at last, and b) because Bath has postponed yet again to March next year.

I’m actually following a proper plan this time round. I picked the NRC one which is 14 weeks, but it popped me in at 12 weeks to go when I input my race date. I’ve just completed W1 and so far, so good. I have a weird running week coming up as we’re going away for a few days to Devon. I’ll take my gear and see what I can do (hilly Dartmoor might be a challenge!) Still, I ran the maximum 5 runs this week, so if this week ends up being less, it won’t matter too much. 😀

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Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Good luck for Bristol, CC. Looking forward to hearing all about it. You are so organised with your plans! Am I the only one making it up as I go along?

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Stephen_UK

Thank you Stephen, but this is the first plan I’ve followed since the Magic 10 and I’ve run HM distance several times. I’m curious to see if this plan makes a difference. It’s certainly nice being told which run to do next. It takes away the guesswork! 😅

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linda9389Administrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Fabulous! I looked at the NRC plans but I don't want to run 5 times a week and it didn't seem to be a changeable variable so I quickly gave up! Have a lovely time away and enjoy your running tourism!

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thanks Linda. It does say it’s flexible and you don’t need to run 5 times. 2 are recovery and 2 are speed, so you can drop one each of those. That’s what I’m going to do on tight weeks - like the one coming up. 😀

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linda9389Administrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Ahh OK. I see ComfortNotSpeed is following the same plan but without one of the recovery runs. One thing that would annoy me is that my phone and my watch are very different when it comes to GPS ... NRC always finishes ahead of my watch.Maybe I'll take another look though.

I'm on the NRC plan also doing 3 runs most weeks so I drop the shortest recovery and one of the speed runs. Mean Mr Garmin also keeps me running for longer than the NRC app on distance based runs but I'm used to it by now 🤣 I'm finding their guided runs really motivating for speed runs, I never knew I could have fun doing intervals or hill repeats! 👍

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Beatlesforever

I've just finished watching the video! I have 16 weeks to go to race day, and it set me off on week 14. Not sure if it would add weeks or just have me ready early 😀 I may try it next week and see. I do like the NRC guided runs, and as you say I can just run on til Garmin beeps! As you say, being told to run intervals 'live' is much better than trying to persuade yourself to do them.

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BlackberrypieHalf Marathon

Please count me in again - I've booked onto a real half-marathon race on 21 November, depending on what happens between now and then it may be my first ever real race!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Blackberrypie

Fabulous! Which Half is it (sorry if I've asked before and forgotten!)?

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BlackberrypieHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Gosport.

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LadyGaultHalf Marathon

Afternoon. Count me in I have no plans except hoping the next one is not as painful as the one I did this morning. The forecast was for drizzle/light rain but the sun came out 🥵 Another virtual would be great for me.

Garmin summary
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Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to LadyGault

Well done on that, LG!

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Sandraj39Half Marathon in reply to LadyGault

Amazing - congratulations!🙂

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linda9389Administrator in reply to LadyGault

That looks like a fantastic run today! You deserve to put your feet up!!! Will add you to the list for your next one 😀

Brilliant, congratulations ğŸŽ‰ğŸ‘ğŸ‘ğŸ‘

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skysue1610 Miles in reply to LadyGault

Wow, fantastic - well done. It is difficult when the weather changes. I prefer to be cold rather than too hot!

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runningdadMetric Marathon

Count me in again. Love the focus and encouragement. I’ve signed up for the Chester Metric Marathon which is on 3rd October. I’ll be doing it virtually though - probably on 5th Sept if training goes ok. It’ll be the furthest I’ve ever run. I’ll be up for another HUHM virtual run in the autumn too. Happy running and thanks for organising!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to runningdad

Fabulous! I'm still thinking 2022 for Chester metric marathon for me ... fingers crossed! Good luck with yours.

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FrencHalf Marathon

Great post and hello! I think I must be training for a half marathon because that’s the next goal I have in my head - I just haven’t written it down before 😊. So I guess this makes it official! I love the idea of a virtual HM, I don’t feel experienced enough yet to actually enter anything, and I need to get quite a few more miles under my belt yet - so far I’ve done 2 x 10 miles, and am looking to consolidate this for a while, then add 10% once every one or two weeks, with shorter, faster runs in between. 😊😊😊

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Frenc

Woohooo. Publicly committed now. That sounds like a great way forward. You can definitely do this. Enjoy!

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FrencHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Yes indeed, I’d better find a plan now rather than carry on on a wing and a prayer like I have been! 😆

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Frenc

The wing and a prayer have worked for many before ... though that's not for everyone for sure 😀 Come to think of it, my plans often evolve into a wing and a prayer!!!

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FrencHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

🙏

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sparky66Half Marathon in reply to Frenc

Hi Frenc 👋You and I are at very similar stages, and your plan is same as mine 😃

Good luck ğŸ¤žğŸ˜ƒğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸

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FrencHalf Marathon in reply to sparky66

Lol yes Sparky! I have to say I really have no plan whatsoever apart from keep on running and try not to get injured! It hasn’t quite sunk in I’m at this stage tbh. But yes, we seem to be in sync don’t we - best of luck, thank you for your kind message 😊👍🏃‍♀️💪🏽.

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SmilingTortoise1Half Marathon

I'm signed up for the Cardiff Half Marathon on 3rd Oct. I did join you virtually for the last 2 HUHM but this will be my first real race - so super excited about it and also a little nervous! Unfortunately, been on IC since May 31st with bad ankle - really hoping it heals soon ğŸ¤žNormally I just run as and when I can fit it in with work and family, but having this injury has made this think I really should follow a plan. Which plan might depend on how soon my ankle recovers I suppose?? Definitely up for a virtual HUHM event 👍

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linda9389Administrator in reply to SmilingTortoise1

Excellent! Hope that ankle heals real soon, but don't rush it - you still have plenty of time. Maybe try to find some cross-training that doesn't aggravate the ankle to keep your fitness up in the meantime? I'll add you to the list.

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SmilingTortoise1Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thanks Linda. I've been doing the MVMT pilates series which CBDB has been doing and it has kept me sane and hopefully helped maintain some fitness ğŸ¤ž I really enjoy the sessions so will also try to keep it up when start running again. Tried a short run on Wed but was then in agony Thur and Fri so might just try going for longish walks this week to spend time on feet. Hopefully might also stop me eating so much!!😜

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linda9389Administrator in reply to SmilingTortoise1

Ahh, well done! Be patient (although I know that's not easy) ... the ankle will get there.

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ComfortnotspeedHalf Marathon

So-this is my goal. First HM. No idea what I'm going to do; just turn up and hope for the best 🙄

In the meantime I'm following the NRC training plan. Ditching the 15 min recovery run and running 4 runs per week including a running club session. I've allowed 4 extra weeks of wiggle room.

Currently completing "8 Weeks to Go" over two weeks to allow for a weekend in lovely Harrogate.

Ugh just realised screenshot doesn’t appear on the app version.

It’s the Cheshire HM

11 weeks today

12/9/2021

HM
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linda9389Administrator in reply to Comfortnotspeed

Fabulous! I love the break for Harrogate, perfect!

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CmoiMetric Marathon

If there's another HUHM I might join you. Definitely no real HM event though, need to concentrate on marathon training instead, and that's been a bit hit-and-miss recently.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Cmoi

Brilliant! Your marathon training will stand you in very good stead for a virtual HUHM 😀

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CowladyrunningHalf Marathon

Ooo yes I'll join a group and as I'm too chicken to sign up for a real race yet maybe a virtual one? I don't know!!! I do know that I'd like to aim for HM again so I'm looking at the training in the Womens running magazine but I'm not great at sticking to a plan!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Cowladyrunning

Flexibility is key! Start with a plan and the rest is called adapting the plan to suit 😀 I'll add you to the list.

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CowladyrunningHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thank you....I'm very flexible 😂 tho unfortunately not in body !!!

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Kevin41Half Marathon

Add me in please! It’s time for me to train to get back to half marathon distance and I’d like to do so before the end of October. I think October may have been when we ran a HUHM virtual previously?

A virtual ‘race’ would be great but not essential (I just like the pressure of an impeding deadline).

Thanks

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Kevin41

Fabulous, will do. We did a slightly different virtual HM this spring with a more defined date and using the shared RunGo app. We'd probably try something similar this time too.

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Time_Lord10 Miles

Hi Linda I have the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon on Sunday October 24th. It'll be my first half marathon.

I'm coming back from injury so concentrating on building up my distance gradually. I run 4 x a week , twice a week with my running club and also at the weekend on my own.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Time_Lord

Fantastic! the first is the best - an automatic PB for a start!!! Good luck with the gradual build up, you'll get there!

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon

A while ago I signed up for the GNR via a charity sponsor. Since then my running has been pants! Niggle after niggle. So 12 September is a challenge! I managed to get three runs in last week; all road runs on our favourite Isles of Scilly. By taking things dead slow I managed 5, 6 and then 7k and touch wood, everything feels fine. We have walked 114k since we came and I have added in daily exercises too! I have set myself a target of getting to my first 10k since mid April by the end of the week. If I can manage that, I may have a chance of being ready for September. If I can't, maybe it is time to contact the sponsor and let them allocate the space to someone else.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Oh, I feel your pain! I've just cancelled two events and am feeling so relieved to have some breathing space. These constant niggles are awful! But that sounds like progress indeed. You just have to remain cautious now and not go wild! Hopefully you'll be hanging on to that GNR place!

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

I need a quick “make or break” . It would be wrong to drag things out and cancel at the last minute. I say quick…… I am keeping well below 7min/k pace, so am giving things a fair chance. I see that you have been suffering too.

I hope that mine isn’t age catching up! I will check in with the physio next week.

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Frizzbomb6710 Miles

I’m going to lurk in the background of this group to pick up tips and inspiration. I am on week 3 of the NRC half marathon training plan but I’m actually supporting a friend to get to 10k then I’m aiming for 10 miles. But never say never! I’d love another HU event. I really enjoyed the COGH 💓

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Frizzbomb67

Excellent. I'll let you lurk but I'm going to cheekily add you to the list in case you see that plan through ... just to dangle the carrot 😀

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David_GHalf Marathon

Hi linda9389 I’m up for another virtual HUHM in the Autumn.👍 I’m aiming to do the Vitality London 10,000 in Hatfield Park on Sunday 11 July, then the Vitality Big Half (HM) in August, and the Great South Run in October. Surely I can another HUHM in there somewhere?😀

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linda9389Administrator in reply to David_G

You're going to be busy! I'll add the Big Half and GNR to the list and we'll see what we can do with another HUHM!

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Week7Half Marathon

Hi there. I'm hoping to complete my first "real life " HM with bling on 18 September -Beyond Badminton Trail .I'm trying another garmin plan running 4 times per week.

I know that I will find running on trails tougher so my aim will be completion not worrying about the time.There are 5k 10k HM M and UM all on the same day so hopefully plenty of people around to keep me going and a lovely day out if the weather's good..

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Week7

That sounds great! A trail HM is very different to a road HM, so looks like you'll be on for another PB!!!

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Week7Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thanks-Fingers crossed!

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TailChaserHalf Marathon

Hi Linda! Nothing long planned for the autumn as yet apart from the Great South Run on 17th October. Does that count? Would love to do a Virtual one again with HU though 👍Meanwhile Katnap and I are hoping to do our first real HM on 18th July, the Compton Verney HM. I’ve thought of deferring several times as it’s quite hilly but looks like I’ll be doing it as long as happens! 😱

Compton Verney HM elevation map
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linda9389Administrator in reply to TailChaser

That does look rather bumpy!!! Good luck! I'll put that one on the list and hopefully we'll do an HU virtual one too.

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TailChaserHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Great, thank you x 2! 🙏

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon

Hi linda9389

I would be interested in running a HU virtual half if it’s not too hot in Western Australia by your Autumn. Please add me to the list ❤️🏃‍♀️

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linda9389Administrator in reply to RunWillie

Fantastic! Let's hope for the right weather forecast 😀

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RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Or I could get up at 4am ğŸ˜Ž

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linda9389Administrator in reply to RunWillie

😅😅😅

Curlygurly2 profile image
Curlygurly2Half Marathon

Yup!! I've started my plan for the Cambridge HM 17th October. It's a coached Garmin Connect plan, did my second run today.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Curlygurly2

Fabulous! I will add you to the list. Good luck!

Dups profile image
DupsHalf Marathon

I’m waiting for confirmation to do The Great North Run in Newcastle. Running for Alzheimer’s and Dementia. It will be my first HM and first real event run. So training starts tonight after work. Nervous already 😂

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Dups

Fantastic. Don't be nervous - not yet anyway! You've got lots of time yet. Save those nerves for raceday and use them to your advantage 😊

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DupsHalf Marathon

I’m that nervous I forgot to say it’s on the 12th September 😂😂

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Dups

Check out the group list - there are at least two other HU entrants, probably more - you won't be alone 😊

skysue16 profile image
skysue1610 Miles

Yay! Great, I was hoping there would be a group to join 😀It will be my very first HM!! I have decided upon the Bournemouth HM October 10th (post to follow to explain why).

I have adapted Roseabi's plan, taking into account days I can run (until the end of term) and holidays away. Week 1 done - I managed 3 runs, some stretch/strength days too - so good start.

Hubby is busy searching to find a 'reasonably' priced hotel for the Saturday night - which is proving very difficult!

Very excited!!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to skysue16

Very exciting! It's getting harder and harder to find reasonably priced UK accommodation isn't it? I will add you to the list now!

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skysue1610 Miles in reply to linda9389

Especially on a race weekend!!

tracy2020 profile image
tracy202010 Miles

Hi Linda I was booked in for the Brighton HM which was postponed a week and a half prior to the event until October 10th! I was just starting my taper week and this would have been my first HM. I was at the stage of being nervous and excited at the same time. I'm not too down hearted and will just maintain until the time comes to ramp up again. So my question is what should I do, I'm planning on 3 runs per week of 4,5, miles then long runs of 6,8,10 when should I start increasing beyond 10? I want to maintain the distance. Thanks all in advance for any suggestions 🙂

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linda9389Administrator in reply to tracy2020

That must've been so disappointing. But at least you know you were race ready once and you can do it again! Did you have a plan? Why not follow a similar path to what you did to prepare first time around. Some plans only take you to 10 miles in training anyway. You could maybe do a cycle of long runs as 6, 8, 10, 6, 8, 9, 10, 8*10, 11, 12, 8, 10, 6, race. That way you only hit the longer distances once, and you build in a cut back week every 4 weeks. If that load is too much, you could make the alternate runs shorter so you go in slightly largerjumps but over two weeks (rather than running long every week). Lots of time and flexibility but listen to your body, have one cut back week in 4 and only do a long run every two weeks if you feel you need to cut back further. However you approach it, good luck. It will be all the better for waiting for it!

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tracy202010 Miles in reply to linda9389

Hi Linda thanks for the reply and helpful advice, I followed a plan similar to the runners world beginners HM this worked fine for me, the plan took me to 11 miles. I like the cut back weeks and find they really work for me even though it feels strange to reduce the mileage I definitely feel the benefit the week after. Thanks again and hopefully October 10th goes ahead 😀

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linda9389Administrator in reply to tracy2020

Fingers crossed! If the plan worked once, then you could simply count the weeks and start it again at the relevant point.

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SkiMondayUltramarathon

I've the Bath HM coming up but that's moved out to next year (March, maybe?) So I'll probably just lurk around on here (lurking is allowed isn't it?)

Meanwhile, I'll be training for the Green Man in August and the Yorkshire Marathon in October.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to SkiMonday

Lurking is positively encouraged 😊 Good luck with the Ultra and Marathon training!

SmilingTortoise1 profile image
SmilingTortoise1Half Marathon

Just received email to say the Cardiff Half has been postponed until 27th March. So looks like no real race for me until 2022

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linda9389Administrator in reply to SmilingTortoise1

I saw that and thought of you 😕... You might be able to find an alternative event, obviously smaller, but it's the smaller ones that seem to be going ahead generally.

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SmilingTortoise1Half Marathon

Yes - I'll keep my eyes peeled for a smaller event 👍

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linda9389Administrator in reply to SmilingTortoise1

Good luck 😊

sparky66 profile image
sparky66Half Marathon

Hiya linda9389 👋I'd love to join the HU HM Posse please 🏃‍♀️

I'm training for my first!

Not following any specific plan, but I've managed the 10 Miles twice now as my furthest distance to date 😃

I've been upping my distance by the 10% rule and my monthly Ks are adding up...

I ran 104 K this month 🏃‍♀️

I've got a 10K race on the 18th of this month so I don't want to up my distance too much before hand and risk overdoing things..

But after that I plan to do another one or two 10miles then up to 18K

All being well I hope to make my half marathon by my 55th birthday on the 18th of August 🙏

Be great to follow everyone's journey and take on all the useful info all you wonderful people have to offer 🙌

Thanks x

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linda9389Administrator in reply to sparky66

You're in! That sounds like a perfect plan. Breaking it up with a 10k race is a really good idea too. Keeps it interesting. Good luck 😊

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johnm12Half Marathon

Hello Linda and Roseabi. I'm down for the Richmond run fest HM on 12th September. I'd better get on with the training. I'll be running for cancer research and this will be my second HM but my first "formal event". Please add me to the list.

John

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linda9389Administrator in reply to johnm12

Will do! Great cause to run for. I just pulled out of the 10k (although that was the day before); I did their 10k last year despite Covid and it was really well organised so hopefully it will be a great day!

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Lavender1962Half Marathon

I will be doing the Lachine Half Marathon on October 17th if it goes ahead. Not sure which plan I will use or if I will make up my own. This will be my second half marathon. I was so stressed out on my first that it went worse than my long training runs. Hopefully, doing Yoga with Adriene and now in classes in the park will make me more zen on race day.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Lavender1962

I hope this one goes much better for you too. I'm sure it will. All that extra training, lowered expectations plus knowing yourself a little better will all help I'm sure. Make your goal a day to enjoy 😊

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Lavender1962Half Marathon

A day to enjoy is a great goal! 😊

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chickensrunHalf Marathon

I'm signed up for the South Downs Off Road Half Marathon on 23 Oct, starting at Goodwood. It's going to be my 2nd!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to chickensrun

Fantastic! I will add you to the list. Sounds like a very scenic one 😊

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NanaPlumHalf Marathon

Hi I’m doing the NRC half marathon plan, it’s my first try at this distance since completing C25K in February 2021. Enjoying the plan so far, I’m currently on 9 weeks to go with a run date of Sunday 12 September 2021.

I have no actual race, but would be very interested in joining the HU HM group.

Feeling positive about the plan with my first 12.5k on Friday (longest distance so far). Reading up about hydration and enjoying drinking coconut water 🥰

What do others do for hydration? Carrying fluids (vest, bottles other)

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linda9389Administrator in reply to NanaPlum

Brilliant, I'll add you to the list. I'm trying that plan this time too. I tend to ise bittles for shorter runs but have a hydration vest with a bladder for longer ones. It will depend how much you find you like to drink as to whether you need a bladder or not. It's very personal.

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colinla10 Miles

Hi there..so I've run a few 10 mile runs now .I have no race planned, but being part of the HU HM group will hopefully inspire me to run the extra distance. 😃

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linda9389Administrator in reply to colinla

Fabulous! Yep, let's get you to HM - you're so very nearly there already and there's a shiny new badge with your name on it back here somewhere! I'll add you to the list.

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CantstopmenowHalf Marathon

Hi LindaPlease add me to the hm list.

I have been considering signing up for the Chester hm, the Cheshire hm and the Chester zoo 10k (wouldn't do to get lost on that one!), but lost my running mojo and haven't signed up for anything. I've just read your post and looked at the NRC plan and I'm up for another hm! 😃

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Cantstopmenow

Yay! well done you!!! Good luck and congratulations on rediscovering your mojo! Let us know if you do sign up for something.A race round Chester zoo sounds absolutely fabulous though! I remember several school trips to Chester zoo ... a long time ago!!!

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CantstopmenowHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thank you. It's good to hear that the fog is clearing and you are feeling stronger and more settled xx

Windoze profile image
WindozeHalf Marathon

I've got leam HM this Sunday 🤣 got any 2 day training plans?? 🤣

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Windoze

😍😍😍 time to taper!!! Enjoy and good luck!!!

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Maddee_6333Half Marathon

Oh me! I am. Beachy Head, also on 17th October.

It’s not my first HM, but I’ve only done one before, which was in the same place but a completely different route. The weather was filthy with sleet and snow and I came last. But I finished 😊

Currently working my way through the last couple of weeks of C25K while doing the non running suggestions that are on my Garmin plan, then I’ll pick up with week 4 of the Garmin plan.

For those that don’t know me? I’m more experienced than this comment makes me sound, and on my way back from the IC. 👍

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Maddee_6333

From IC to Beachy Head HM in one amazing comeback! Sounds like it's going really well. I'll add you to the list. Good luck.

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Maddee_6333Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thank you!

I suddenly realised it was 16 weeks away, and the runs in those first few weeks aren’t too different from C25K, so overlap it was 🤣.

I’ll be happy simply to finish.

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AndrewJR75Half Marathon

Hi Linda, I’d like to take part in a virtual event please. The spring one was so much fun. I seem to have lost my mojo a little due to work being busy and kids activities ramping up again. I still get out 3 times most weeks but a 7k yesterday was my longest run in months. Thanks for organising!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to AndrewJR75

Excellent! Maybe it will give you the incentive you need to build up distance again. Good luck.

Hi this is my first time posting and I am signed up for my first HM - the New Forest HM on September 26th. I'm feeling both excited and nervous! My longest run so far has been 18k, but I'm now following a training schedule to build up the confidence, so today's run was 7k. I went out super early to avoid the heat this morning. Any hints and tips gratefully received!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Valdee

Hi. A very warm welcome to this forum! Your first half is a very exciting thing and on the day you can channel any nerves into a great run! At 18k you are so very nearly there already, race day magic would easily take you that extra 3km, and on top of that you have lots of time to prepare. Take a look at the older posts linked above and you should find lots of useful hints and tips to try out before event day. Keep posting and if you have any specific questions, ask away! I will add you to our group list.

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Valdee in reply to linda9389

Thank you! I'll look at the links 😊

Frizzbomb67 profile image
Frizzbomb6710 Miles

I’m happy to say I’ve just finished 11 weeks to go on the NRC HM training plan 😊. It’s taken me 3 weeks dues to work, life and heat but I did the last 40 min recovery run this morning. 10 weeks to go actually looks less with all speed and recovery runs being 30 mins and another 10k. I can do that! I’m on holiday next week. A hot tub awaits 😊 but I’ll find somewhere to run and get a couple of the 30 min runs done - I think 🤔.It’s a journey to my 10 mile goal and at least I’m going in the right direction. It’s a year since I ran my first 5k so I think I’m doing ok, especially with my crazy job and busy life 👍🏻

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Frizzbomb67

You're doing brilliantly, never mind OK!!! Very often a plan will have have cut back weeks to give your body a chance to recover and consolidate - sounds like '10 weeks to go' may just be a cutback week. Running tourism is a wonderful thing - enjoy those holiday runs!

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ImpetuousHalf Marathon

I've just signed myself up for the Windsor half marathon on Sunday 26th September. It's my first HM so definitely keen to learn from the pros here on what I should and shouldn't be doing to prepare and on race day itself!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Impetuous

Hi and a very warm welcome to this forum! Your first half is a great achievement and very exciting ! Windsor half follows a lovely route and that will be an amazing finish (although in my experience the Long Walk goes on for a lot longer than it seems at the start!). Take a look at the older posts linked above and you should find lots of useful hints and tips to try out before event day. Keep posting and if you have any specific questions, ask away! I will add you to our group list.

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Looks as though my GNR attempt is on! Clean bill of health from physio following my 13k trot on Saturday. I need to start thinking about accommodation, travel etc ….I honestly didn’t think I was going to get this far. Scary stuff !

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Fabulous news BC!!!

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Starting to look at the race details!! Left it a bit late 🙂

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Beachcomber66

You can do it!!! Where there's a will, there's a way!

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Problem solving used to be my forte…..time to dust off the little grey cells. Hope there are still a few there!

Hello , I have entered Reading half never run a half or any race come to that lol , just stopped smoking and I think I’d sort of given up on the thought of actually doing it but trying to get that motivation back , it’s on 9th November 🙈

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Tracytrace

Fabulous. I will add you to our list. That's a great goal to have to keep you motivated and on track. Keep posting your progress, either in your own posts or in the weekly chat post, then we can help get you there. Imagine crossing that finish line as a non smoker, imagine how amazing you will feel!!!

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Curlygurly2Half Marathon

I'm struggling a bit with my training...I wanted to run the whole distance, but I'm finding hard to run more than a couple of KM without needing a walk break at the moment. What's that all about then? I think it's possibly the training plan, a Garmin Coach one with Amy, it's just relentless...I checked on the facebook page with people who've done it already, and yes, the long runs just keep on... and on...the race is 10 weeks away, yesterday's run was meant to be 17.7 KM seems very early to me for that distance..there are no "rest" weeks either, so this week I'm scheduling in my own. I did 12 ish K yesterday on run/walk, and will scale down the other runs this week too.

I considered pulling out completely, but now I'm thinking I might need to Galloway it again...

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Curlygurly2

Gosh! 17k 10 weeks out? That's certainly an unusual plan isn't it? My nike plan is only up to 10k with 11 weeks to go!

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Curlygurly2Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Yes, apparently all the long runs are at least 16K from now on, with 2 of them taking me to 22.5 K before race day. I like that idea, to do a bit more than the distance, but not silly long runs every week...not sure what I'll do from now on, certainly not those distances.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Curlygurly2

I agree! I did 22 before my first half and that was good for my head, but all those long runs for weeks on end wouldn't have been great for my legs! Adapt to suit you!

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Rooster678Marathon

Thanks Linda for another great group! I'm running the Big Half on 22 Aug and Royal Parks Half on 10 Oct. My goal this year is to run a HM once a month, so far I've managed it although the St Albans HM in June was a hot and sweaty heatwave of an uphill run!

A mix of virtual and real races for me but at least the running world is slowly coming back to normal. I'm currently holidaying in Scotland and have no choice but to run hilly routes but I guess it's all good strength training for my legs! Good luck everyone in their training.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Rooster678

Wow, a half a month - what a great goal! There's a few HUers doing the big Half with you - I'll add both these to the list. Enjoy the hill training abd remember- hills are your friends!!!

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runningdadMetric Marathon

I’ve signed up for another virtual half this autumn - Isle of Skye on 3rd October (but it’ll be run in or near Edinburgh). It’s been on my bucket list for a while and will be half no. 10 in 2021. Hopefully I’ll make it to the real thing next year depending on how some other ballots go!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to runningdad

Wow! A very busy year!!! I'll add it to the list

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sTrongFuseHalf Marathon

So, 19th September is the Scottish Half ( scottishhalfmarathon.com/?g... ). It starts about 3 miles from my front door at Meadowmill, follows the East Lothian coast and ends at Musselburgh Racecourse. I'm no stranger to the distance but this will actually be my first "official" HM event.

Really looking forward to my first organised event since November 2019.

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johnm12Half Marathon

Hi Linda,Am quite possibly setting a PB for slow replies. However, I will be running the Richmond Runfest Half Marathon on 12th September. Please add me to the list. Hope you are keeping well

john

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johnm12Half Marathon in reply to johnm12

Ha. Pease ignore my last post. I am already on the list. I'll piut this down to being over excited having done a 17k run today

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linda9389Administrator in reply to johnm12

Posibly oxygen deprivation 😀. 17k - great run!

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johnm12Half Marathon

Very good. Goodness knows what i'll be like once my "official" HM is completed

Tjcp profile image
TjcpHalf Marathon

Hi! Yes, I am going to run 2 half marathons in October. They were both cancelled last year but looks like they are going to go ahead this year. First, in San Sebastián on the 3rd October and then Valencia on the 24th. Excited and nervous after so long without a real run. :)

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Tjcp

Ohh fantastic! It reallys is exciting to see races going ahead again. I will add you to the list 😊

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Tjcp

I just got round to adding these to the list - but I can't find the one on 3rd October. The only one I can find for San Sebastian is on 28th Nov. Do you have a link for your event?

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TjcpHalf Marathon

Thanks!

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TjcpHalf Marathon

Is this OK?

Inscription for a half marathon
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linda9389Administrator in reply to Tjcp

Oh yes. I only need it to put a link on the list - I'll see if I can find that online otherwise I'll leave it blank

Tjcp profile image
TjcpHalf Marathon

Not sure how to add a link! :( I will look tomorrow. It was the cancelled half marathon from April 2020.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Tjcp

Don't worryabout it 🙂

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TjcpHalf Marathon

mediadonosti.com :)

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Tjcp

Fab! That's perfect 😊

Deals1 profile image
Deals1Metric Marathon

I'm probably on the list.. and if not I'm a bit late to the party as always! Got a half on Sunday 😁

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Deals1

Ooh, good luck. Pompom post coming up as soon as I'm home so you're not TOO late!!! I don't have you on my list - which one is it?

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Deals1Metric Marathon in reply to linda9389

I'm probably too late now tho!🤣 Hope U had a good trip.x it's the great north run

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