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LWJ - Congrats to you! I wouldn't worry about the half marathon winner - at least you got cheers when you finished (even if it wasn't for you!). By the time I finished - everyone had gone home!!
It is deffinately a confidence booster.
They are holding the same races there again on 3rd March - think I'm going to book in for the half marathon then too - might be good just before the marathon.
I've booked in for Silverstone in March to do the half - definitely good practice before London. Think I might see if I can find one for January time too.
That was a good flat course at Stratford, though a little on the boring side.
Seriously well done on finishing though - it was a bit intimidating getting lapped by so many people!
yeah, it is boring going round and round and round. And lonely. But I'm hoping that making it boring and lonely builds psychological stamina - if I can do that then hopefully running double the distance with lots of cheering on by people will be easier????? Prob doesn't work - but I'm sticking to that theory. For now anyways!
It is very very intimidating getting lapped by so many people! And not just once!
I like your thinking, and I'm hoping for the crowd boost too! It's got to be a million more times exciting at London, than that course was.
Yes, those couple of guys in the stripy vests lapped me a couple of times - even with me only doing two laps! ha ha. Something to aspire to, I guess.
I'm not too far from Notts (Shropshire) so I'll be looking for half marathons round the Midlands if you want to meet up.
I had to go to Stratford for the 10k on my own cos my husband broke his ribs a few days before and couldn't sit in the car for that long, and it isn't much fun turning up on your own!
I did my first half hour run without a walking break in MONTHS this morning, so I'm really pleased - should be good to go for starting my proper training in December!
I did think about doing a Half but I'm also mildly worried that I'd hate it or struggle and it might put me off for life lol. I've done a few big 10k's (the Jane Tomlinson races in Leeds and York) so that will have to do me for race experience!
Right - it's NOT going to snow this year. Not at all. Nuh-huh! (I've got some trail shoes, I'll try those in the snow...I really do hate treadmills!).
I was lapped on Sunday - we had 3 and a bit laps of Castle Combe race circuit, so again quite boring to run on. I was still on my 2nd lap when people started passing me. never mind - all good for toughening up your resolve!
I've been to a few races on my own. I usually drag family with me, but often run on my own. In fact, thinking about it, all my PBs have been in races I've run on my own - guess I talk too much otherwise! I'm always very nervous before a race, so the few I've gone on my own I've not minded really - I usually end up standing in the loo queue several times anyway
I've entered the Bath HM on 11th Mach - same date as Silverstone, which is billed as ideal timing for VLM.
Len - well done on your 30 minutes. A good basis for your 'proper' training!
154wint - that was good of your mates - a running escort to the finish!
kaffeeg - I think that's a very good theory. Definitely easier with support
LWJ - I last raced at this same circuit 2 1/2 years ago - was my first race and I came last. This time took 5 1/2 minutes off - so its very achievable
Yay for better blisters . Wo was it who suggested sewing thread through a blister? Shudder.
B&T - I stand in portaloo queues repeatedly too!! Wonder how that's going to work in London?!
Len - well done on your 30 minutes! It's a great feeling when you manage it.
B&T - I find I'm less nervous if I go to races on my own - though I'm always in the queue for the loos too. Len, it's one of the things I'm most nervous about when it comes to London!!!
S7 - thanks, will have a look at Wrexham, that's a fairly local one and since my HM time is 3hours 6, you're going to have to competition when it comes to being slowest!
I think I'm missing my competitive spirit, I have one pace regardless of whether I'm training or racing and I really don't push myself as much as I could/should. Must work on this before London.
Ha ha Len & LWJ - I have been known to get to the front of the queue, come out, look atthe length of the queue and just join the back as I know I'll need it again by the time I get to the front. Am hoping VLM is such a large event it will be very well stocked for portaloos........
Blisters and sewing???? yuck
Balancing the need for hydration and the need to pee is going to be really tricky for me . Eeeek!
I even needed to go several times before a 10k! Oh dear..
jdw2000 - have you tried looking at the website of a running club near you? I know our local clubs always have lists of races in the area (normally because they'll be entering as a club). Might give you some ideas?
LWJ - well I definitely have to do it, so I'm not ladylike either! Lots of it in my mind / nerves which doesn't help.
LEN - yes, HM, 10k, 5k doesn't matter to me, I have to queue several times before *any* race, which I guess shows how much of it is nerves.
Anyway - only less toilet-related talk, had a very slow 4M recovery run on Monday after Sunday's speediness, and a very cold 3M trot around the lanes today. Will hopefully get out for a longer run tomorrow, but am so busy at the moment don't know if it will happen.
l've been really lucky and have not had any blisters. l was told when l started running to try and find the cause of blisters -- e.g. try different running socks until you find the right ones -- rather than focus on how to treat them if you do get them. Not sure if its any use to you guys but l'm a big fan of prevention rather than cure.
Has everyone booked their hotels yet? l hear things are getting busy.
Good luck with the training guys -- keep up the good work.
Surely everyone is aware of anti-blister socks?
£8 in any running store. Double-skinned socks, wherby the skins between the socks do the rubbing, instead of your skin. Inside they are made of a special material which rubs freely.
Hands-down "THE" best running purchase I have EVER made. I have not even had a hint of a blister since.
I've been fairly lucky with blisters - as it not getting many at all! However, I've had a real problem with friction burns - particularly on my arms. Think I'll have try out some vaseline before my next decent run. I've not bothered so far, because I've figured it will just rub off on my vest, but I guess it's worth a go!
Loftus Road Runner - thank you very much for that. I'll certainly try to do some/all of those.
LWJ - yes, just apply it to the offending area. If some of it rubs off on the clothes, that will still help the situation. Bare threads rubbing on skin is where the problem lies on long runs. I've learned my lessons (still forget sometimes though, and have had to run whilst holding out my vest with one arm before now.. ouch).
I've done Wokingham and Reading before and definitely preferred Wokingham.
My training has been going down the pan lately - as i've been travelling so much but I hope that after next week I can fully get back into my running plans.
Yep - I'm a TwinSkin sock girl, never had a blister (touch wood...) or any chafing (yet) but I'm prepared! My hotel is booked too, for the Saturday and Sunday night. Nothing fancy, just a Best Western not too far from the finish!!
Good Morning , I havent been on for a while and there are loads more posts and new comers so welcome .!!Pay day tomorrow that means new trainers !!!, I currently run in my year old trail shoes which are great but not ideal for long diatnaces !
Well done to all the half marathoners and 10k ers my last race was Mens Health survival of the fittest in October in Nottingham ( a combination of 12k run and ridiculous obstacles ) in the pooring rain !
I Live in leeds anybody know of any half marathoners in the new year but not too near to VLM. Of out for a run tonight tomorrow and then 6 miler on Sunday ( still taking it steady till the new year )
Yay to all of us doing well in our running!
Badoo - that October race sounds harsh!
Like Len2 I'm dreading the snow and ice coming. And I'm being really doom and gloom becuase I think we are going to be hit doubly hard in late winter given how mild it's been currently.
Do people have any sensible tips about running - not so much on snow, but on the sheer ice that you have on the paved streets of London. They don't do gritting on roads or pavements round where I live and it is bad enough walking around, never mind running. I really don't fancy doing a 18 mile run on a treadmill! And I don't belong to a gym so would have to get membership just for the snow time!