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Running Events Review of 2016

Last time I wrote about running was in May 2016 so here is, hopefully, a quick recap of the events we covered last year and what is planned for 2017.

R U Taking the P? 5K

On Fathers’ Day, Adam once again took part in R U Taking the P? 5K.  As it is a men only race to raise awareness and fundraising for male cancers, I wasn’t allowed to take part.  This year, Adam’s dad wasn’t at home to run it with him but, even knowing this, Adam asked if he could do it anyway.  It was the first time he’s ever run an event from start to finish on his own.  I was so proud of him.

There were a few people who we know from parkrun there and they kept an eye out for him which was great.  In fact, he got a mention on the York parkrun Facebook page and was featured in the parkrun newsletter in September.  I am so proud of him.

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York 10K

We entered the York 10K in August.  Not as good as previous years but we completed it.  Adam’s hat blew off while we were running down Nunnery Lane, just before we got to Micklegate.  We finished in 1:10:38.  Not bad considering we didn’t run between January and April and had only run up to 5k in training which was very hit and miss.

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon

In September, Adam and I went over to Disneyland Paris for the weekend so we could take part in the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon.  It was AMAZING!!!  I don’t know what our time was as both of our running watches ran out of battery at around 13k (out of 21k).  This was an event to take part in rather than run for a time though and it was so much fun.

Unlike other runDisney events which start at 5.30am, the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon had a start time of 7am which meant we didn’t have to get up too early.  The one thing I didn’t like was that there were no toilets once you got into the coral, waiting for the start.  We were waiting for over an hour from the last toilet to actually going through the start line.  Needless to say, I needed to go to the toilet when we started.  Ah well, there are plenty of toilets in the parks and we, and lots of others, peeled off as soon as we got to one of the ones backstage.  As usual, there was only 3 toilets in the ladies and the men had 2 plus 3 urinals.  A group of ladies, including myself, decided that we’d risk the wrath of the men and ran in to the men’s loo.

We ran through Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland Park.  There were lots of characters to meet and have a photo taken with but we only stopped to meet Chip and Dale as the queues were too long for the others.  After about 5k, we left the parks and ran through the French countryside before returning the Disneyland Paris and running through Hotel Santa Fe and Hotel Cheyenne to get to the lake and run past Sequoia Lodge and Newport Bay.  The last part of the run was through Disney Village.  Adam and I had started flagging a bit, I think it was because we didn’t have our intervals to keep us on track, when we were running through the hotels but as soon as we got to Disney Village, Adam got his second wind and was off.  I was happily chatting to someone from the UK (another parkrunner) when Adam decided that he was going to start his run for the finish line!

After the finish line we met Daisy and got our medals.  They are heavy!  The run was worth it for the bling, lol 🙂

York 10 Mile

Once again, the team behind the Yorkshire Marathon decided to include a 10 mile run.  Adam, of course, decided that we should run it even though it was only 2 weeks after the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon.  As last year, it was a great run with lots of support round the course.  I think the lack of training and the fact that we’d done the half marathon 3 weeks before caught up with me because I didn’t think I could carry on at 8 miles.  I managed even though I had to reduce the run/walk intervals.  We finished in 1:53:46, 3 minutes slower than last year.

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What’s coming in 2017?

At the moment, there is only the York 10K.  If there is a 10 mile to go with the Yorkshire Marathon, I’m sure we’ll enter that again but they haven’t released details of it yet.  Adam is going to be running R U Taking the P? again.  This year he will probably be running with his dad, or at least starting with him.

Now that I have completed 100 parkruns, I’m planning on volunteering at least once a month but will still be running 2 to 3 parkruns each month, unless the horses are using the track 😉 (York parkrun uses the service track at York Racecourse so is cancelled if there is horse racing).  My fastest time for parkrun was 31:52 in 2016 and I would love to get back under 31, or even 30, minutes in 2017.

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Running in 2015: Part 2

So, I’m catching up with my blog posts, slowly.  I wrote about the 10K events a few days ago so am now moving on the the final 2 events of the year.

When we ran the York 10K, there was a flyer in the goodie bag for the York 10 Mile.  This was a new event which the Run for All team had added to the Yorkshire Marathon day.  As Adam and I were already going to be running a half marathon, I asked him if he’d like to do the 10 mile as a warm up.  I wanted to do it just to see if we could get that far and still be able to carry on for another 3 miles.  Of course, he said yes.

Can I just say, the organisation and the course was fantastic.  The 10 mile event was on the same day and using part of the same route as the marathon.  The marathon runners started first, about 30 minutes before the 10 mile runners, and then we were invited to go in to the funnel to get ready for our start.  As usual, I hung back because I needed to go to the toilet as late as possible.  I really didn’t want to have to go to the toilet part way round the course, especially at around 7 miles or so because I’m not sure my legs would have started again after they stopped!

We started on time and there was a lovely downhill section at the beginning.  I say lovely, it was when we were going down, not so much when we had to run up it to get to the finish.  Anyway, we ran down the hill away from York University and then turned left to head up to the city centre.  As we had done for the 4 10K events, Adam and I decided to run 3:1 intervals as this had worked well for us in the previous events and we had been training with either 4 or 5 minute running intervals so cutting it back to 3 minutes was easier on the legs but also meant that we ran faster during the run intervals and recovered quicker during the walk breaks.

When we got to the city centre, a friend of mine from parkrun was on one of the marshalling posts.  She took a photo of us, typically we were on a walking break!

After running through the city centre and past the York Minster, the route took us out of York towards the countryside.  The route was reasonably flat, apart from the hill going over the bridge to get over the A64.  Fortunately, Adam and I had been trialling eating jelly babies during training and can I say: Jelly Babies whilst running are awesome!  They certainly helped us get up over the bridge.

At around the 6 or 7 mile mark (I can’t remember), the route split with the marathon route carrying on straight and the 10 mile route turning right.  The routes merged again at about the 7 or 8 mile mark for us, I think it was about 23 or 24 miles for the marathon runners but I could be wrong.  As we merged back on to the marathon route, we were asked to keep right so that the marathon runners could come through on the left, and come through they did, very fast they were too.  As usual, there was a hill at the end of the route and my friend was there, once again, to take a picture.  This time we were pushing up the hill although looking at the photo it doesn’t look like it.  I was hoping to finish in under 2 hours which would give us a realistic goal of finishing the half marathon in just over 2 and a half hours.  We finished in 1:50:45 😀

In summary, the route was great and the number of people supporting the runners along the route was amazing.  I don’t know what it was like along the of route we didn’t share with the marathon but, I think because it was along main residential routes in York, the 10 mile route was well populated with supporters and lots of offers of jelly beans and jelly babies 🙂

I was going to write about the runDisney half marathon in this post too but as this post is another long one, I think I’ll leave that for another day.