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Tradition demands it :-
XL's 4 run plan
Run 1 - 5 miles. (DON'T think about anything further) Huge crowds, great atmosphere, bands. Take it steady, not too fast, you've run five miles or further loads of times. Enjoy the spectacle, and remember you are part of it. Those inspirational pictures of thousands running across the Tyne Bridge? Red arrows trailing the red, white and blue vapours. You're in them this year. Yes, you're in the Great North Run, the world's biggest half marathon. Enjoy!Run 2 - 3 miles. Forget the 5 behind you, they're done. Think only of the next three. Three miles? Piece of cake, you've done 9, 10, 11 .. much more in training. These three are all downhill, wheeeeeee !! Great news for those of you after PBs for the event, or even if it's your first time and you have a target. Go for it here, within reason. Unfortnately, the road narrows, so you may notice it feeling a little more congested. Be careful.Run 3 - 3 miles. SLOW DOWN. This is where you need your mental toughness. Console yourself with the fact that even the élites slow down here. It's a bit of a slog up the John Reid Road etc and there's not much to enjoy, but hey, if it was easy, the medal wouldn't be as important to you would it? If you're a run/walk person this is where you may want to be taking extra walks, and psych yourself up, but don't start thinking about the finish yet. Just get to 11 milesRun4 - 2.1 miles That's nowt! Of course you're tired but you're nearly there. Now, start to tell yourself that you've done it (almost) the goody bag is waiting for you, go and get it. Gan steady down that bank! The last mile and a bit up the sea front is fantastic. Huge crowds yelling at you, the end is nigh. Let your spirits fly, even if you're knackered. You can stop soon. If you're after a time, push, you know you are fit, you have prepared well, and as knackered as you will feel when you cross the line, the elation will speed your recovery. Well done, you've finished the GREAT NORTH RUN 2012
After watching today's GNR I really know I have to do this run next year, the tv coverage looked simply amazing, I can't imagine being part of such a huge event and everyone simply looked great from start to finish, really loving GNR and have 2 B a part next year. When do entries open?
Hi, Jwheezy, and welcome to the thread.
If you register with the website, they will e-mail you when the ballot opens.
1:35:00 - go for it, sj
I have nothing to say ... I just wanted to be on the first page .
Well done to everyone running this year. Whilst I enjoyed spectating (other than the downpour) I wished I'd ran it.
So my target is to be competing in it again next year.
Hi XL-man and thank's I have signed up now, fingers crossed!
And well done to all GNR 2011 you are all inspirational!!!!
Sign me up was really inspired yesterday ..just got to convince the missus that we both should do it..
And Nell McAndrew as Batgirl....
you can sign up for the email reminder thing for2012
for those that havent done GNR before, it is a fantastic day, amazing atmosphere and just a great race to be part of, so go on, you know you all really want to !!
slowfoot wrote (see)
What date is it ?
I'd like to be back next year, but only if I get in through the ballot. I don't want to tie myself in for another 3 years, just in case I decide to run Berlin Marathon one year! If I get to be in vaguely Sub 3 shape then that's the course to run it on.
Must we really set targets already? A lot can change in a year! I'll have a stab at 1.24.59.
I heard about this 3 year thing while in the pens and I don't know anything about it. I must have missed something. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will get through the ballot, got any tips mr sj ??
Rod Goodwin - forgive me, I've been stalking your GNR times on the BUPA website.
It seems you were running times similar to me when you were my age (late 40s), and now you've cracked 1:40. I'm in awe. Just wondering what kind of schedule you put in to achieve that? I know you're a club member, and I'm not. Do you think it's achievable without joining a club?
Bugger - missed page 1 again!!!
So - this is our new home is it???
*Gets out comfy settee and settles down with nibbles and drinks!*