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.
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.
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.