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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.


TheTraining for the 2016 Events Has Started

I finally got round to starting my running training for the running events which Adam, and I, want to do this year.  We are both doing parkrun and I am doing an extra run, or two, during the week.  I went on to myasics.co.uk and created a running plan for the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon at the end of September based on never having run before.  I chose this option as Adam and I didn’t run at all for near enough 3 months and Adam finds time very tight after college to go out running.  Also, our 10K events aren’t until July so we’ll increase his running after half term and increase it again when he finishes college at the end of June.  Anyway, because I chose the option of starting from scratch, the first few weeks of runs are 1-2 miles at 16 minute mile pace which is what he does to walk to college.

At the moment, as well as the half marathon, we are only planning to run a couple of 10K events.  York 10K on 7th August – I’ve done every York 10K since they started in 2009 so I can’t miss it.  The Great Yorkshire Run is moving from Sheffield at the end of September to Harrogate on 24th July so we are looking at maybe doing that one too.  Adam is also wanting to enter the R U Taking the P? run on Father’s Day.  As his dad won’t be here that weekend, he’ll be running it himself – his first official solo event – as it is a men only event.  I may enter on of the Race for Life events the following week but I haven’t decided yet.  If the York 10 Mile returns with the Yorkshire Marathon, we will also run that too as we really enjoyed it last year.

We went to parkrun yesterday and it was great.  The puddles had cleared so no soggy feet this week.  It was cold and windy though, but the sun was shining so that made it bearable 😉  I increased our running intervals to 90s with a 60s walk break and we managed it very well.  Adam was still talking to me all the way around so I know he’s doing OK.  With about 350m to go, Adam decided to he was going to make a run for the finish line.  He knows that if he wants to beat me and not have me catch him on the line, as I did last week, he has to make a long run for home.  I think he must have overtaken about 8 or 9 people in that last 350m, I overtook 4, to finish in 35:07.  I finished in 35:26, over a minute and a half faster than last week and Adam was almost 2 minutes faster.  Think it’ll be back to 2 minute run intervals next week 🙂

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Parkrun finish on 16th April 2016 (not this week): Why does Adam look like he’s just finishing a stroll in the park and I’m trying so very hard?!?  I just caught him on the line.


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Running in 2015

2015 was a fantastic year for running events with Adam.  At the beginning of the year, we were going to take part in the 3 events of the Yorkshire Season Ticket with Run for All events (Hull, Leeds and York), as well as the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield.  We then added the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon and the York 10 Mile which was added to the Yorkshire Marathon during the Summer.

First was the Hull 10K in June.  The day was wonderful for running, overcast with a little drizzle 🙂 and, for a change the course was flat-ish with no big hill or flyover to run up near the end.  We finished in a personal best time of 1:07:21.

Next up was Leeds 10K in July.  The day was warm and sunny.  The course was almost the same as the Leeds Abbey Dash in November so nice and flat down the dual carriageway and back until you have to go back towards the city centre and run up the exit slip-road!  We started at the back, literally, because after needing to stop for the toilet at the Great Yorkshire Run last year I kept going to the toilet as often as possible until we started moving towards the start line 😉  Still, it was a good run and we finished in 1:09:52.

The last run of the Yorkshire Season Ticket was the York 10K.  I have run every York 10K event since they started in 2009 so this was my 7th.  I love this event, not least because I get to run through my home city which, of course, is beautiful.  A lovely run and I think Adam and I have got our pacing sorted – 3 minutes run, 1 minute walk.

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After the York 10K we had a little bit of a break until the Great Yorkshire Run at the end of September.  I had actually started a post about this and then never finished it so I’ll copy and paste what I wrote about that one here:

This year’s Great Yorkshire Run was much better than last year’s, not least because although we were in the Green Wave and due to start at 10:14am I decided that it was more important to go to the toilet right at the last minute so we started from the back 🙂  I also entered the run earlier than last year so that we could stay overnight in Sheffield – a much better option than getting the train on a Sunday morning.  I also paid for a late check-out so that we could go back to the hotel for a shower afterwards before getting the train home.

So, what about the run itself?  Well, the start is all downhill and we completed the first km in 6:49.  I didn’t want to go out too fast and then find that my legs wanted to give up after 2.5km as they have been doing at parkrun and during training.  After the downhill, it is then flat along the A61 to Hillsborough Stadium (Sheffield Wednesday), where we turned around to come back.  The hills came back at 8km although they were quite short and you then went down again until about
9.5km when it is all uphill to the finish.  Well, it might as well be, I think it flattens out about 30m before the finish line but there was no way I could get my legs to go any faster to the finish.  Adam made me laugh though, he asked where the big hill was (we wereGreat Yorkshire Run Collage on it) and as there was a sign over the other side of the road saying “What Hill?”, I pointed it out and said “That sign says ‘What Hill?'” so he
asked me again when we were nearly at the top.  I told him that we’d just been up it.  Oh, to be like Adam and not realise that the hill we’ve just pushed up was the “big” hill to the finish, lol.

We finished in 1:08:17.  I’ll take that 😀

That’s it for the 10K runs.  We also took part in 2 other events but as this is a long post already, I’ll save those for another day.


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Leeds Abbey Dash

What a lovely run the Leeds Abbey Dash is. There was a point yesterday morning when I wondered if we would actually make it to the start line though.

We didn’t receive our race packs in the post but I phoned Age UK (the run organisers) twice during the week to say that they hadn’t arrived and that I couldn’t find the confirmation emails. That’s fine, they said, you are definitely registered. Just go to the information point on the day and pick up your race number.  That should be easy enough, right?  Wrong.  Firstly, the earliest train we could get, without leaving home at 6.30 to be in Leeds by the time the information point opened at 8.30, was 8.09 am so by the time we got to the information point it was about 8.40 am.  Secondly, when we got to the information point, they didn’t have our names down on their list :O  Fortunately, they had some extra numbers and gave us our entries anyway.

Next, we had to find our way to the finish area so that I could drop off my backpack with our fleeces in at the left baggage area.  This was about a 5 minute walk away but we were going against the flow of runners going to the starting pens so it took a little longer.  It didn’t help that I was trying to fill in the blurb on the back of our bibs while we were walking either.  I also kept hearing “Will runners please make their way to the starting area as the Junior run has started and they will be coming through the finish line shortly.”  I was in panic mode big time.  Anyway, we got to the finish area and left the bag with our fleeces inside but had to keep our loose tracksuit bottoms on over our running leggings because the bag wasn’t big enough for them too – oops!  It was fine, I don’t mind having warm legs.

By the time we started walking back to the start area it was 9.20 am and the run was due to start at 9.30 am.  Once we got back to the start area, we had to go to the toilet but fortunately the queues weren’t too long as the race had started and we were in the final group of 60 minute plus runners due to go to the start line itself.  After all my panicking, we got there with plenty of time to spare 😀

We started to walk from the warm-up/start area at about 9.45 am and I should have started my Garmin searching for our location when we started walking but I didn’t.  We crossed the start line and went about 200m before my watch was ready to start recording.  I had set the intervals for 4 minute run; 1 minute walk as this is what seems to suit Adam and me best at the moment.  Although, I felt really good and could have kept going for longer as I kept the run speed at a slow pace for the first 4 km or so – I think we averaged around 6:50/km up to the half way mark.  The run was lovely and flat with only a little bit of a slope (hill) as we approached Kirkstall Abbey – hence the name of the run – to turn round and run back to Leeds city centre.  This was also the water station.  Unlike most runs I have been on in the UK, the Leeds Abbey Dash hands out a small cup of water rather than a bottle.  They do this at Disney World too and I must say I prefer it, you either drink it or throw it over you/away.  I told Adam that he could take his time drinking it while we walked but that we would then run two intervals without a walk break to make up for it.  He did good 🙂

As usual, Adam gave me a running commentary of what we were passing.  This included a Harvester, McDonalds, Vue cinema, Frankie & Benny’s (we went through a leisure park), ITV Yorkshire, a dairy and a fire station.  Oh and a big blue bus which said “TV and Film Support Bus” on it.

I still haven’t found out what our time was (my watch said 1:07 for 9.94km so not as fast as York but faster than Sheffield) and we did enjoy the run, once I got over the panic of not having my race number beforehand.  I think we’ll be back for this one again next year.

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Great Yorkshire Run 2014

We did it, we finished the Great Yorkshire Run 10K yesterday.  I wasn’t sure that I would finish when we were at the 8km mark but thanks to Adam I did.

Yesterday morning Adam and I were up early to get a train, or 2, to Sheffield for the Great Yorkshire Run.  Our wave was due to start at 10.21 am as we were in the last group of starters. Just as well as I didn’t really want to drive and we only decided to enter about 5 weeks ago so we couldn’t get a hotel for Saturday night. So it was the 8 am train to Doncaster and then the 9.13 am train to Sheffield. Next year I’m entering earlier and staying in Sheffield overnight so I don’t have to get up at 6.30 am on a Sunday!

The run was going well until we got to the 5 km mark and my son said he needed to go to the toilet. OK, I could do with going too and they had put about 5 porta-loos at the turn-around point (about 5.5 km). This would have been great because running with a full bladder is not pleasant, however after taking about 7 or 8 minutes to wait for and go to the loo my legs didn’t want to run again.  Next time, I don’t care if I am the last starter, we are both going to the toilet just before we are due to cross the start line, not half an hour before!

We finished in a time of 1:16:05, which considering we went to the loo wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it was going to be.  Especially as I couldn’t breathe properly at the 8 km mark and had to reduce the running down to 2 minutes run 1 minute walk instead of the 5 minutes run we have been doing.  I don’t want to make excuses but I was also on day 2 or 3 (I can’t remember, I still have cotton wool head) of a cold and really shouldn’t have been running at all.  I didn’t want to let Adam.

There was a flyer in our goodie bag at the end for the Leeds Abbey Dash in November and my son now wants to do that one too! I must be a glutton for punishment because I’ve agreed to look into it.


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Adam’s First 10K

It’s that time of year again, the Run for All team rolled in to York for the last 10K of their calendar for 2014.  I have taken part in every one of them since they started in 2009 and this year my son, Adam, decided that he would like to run it with me.

Adam has only been running since last August/September when he started doing parkrun with me.  Earlier this year we took part in the Royal Family 5K at Disney World and he completed the R U Taking the P? 5K in June.  His best time for the parkrun is 32:21 but he has been consistently finishing at around 33 minutes so I thought he’d easily do about 1:10:00 as we always run intervals rather than the whole 5K.  My PB for 10K is 1:09:50 which I set at the Great Yorkshire Run last September and I have gone under 31 minutes for a 5K but that was hard work so I don’t think I’d be able to finish a 10K much faster than my PB if I ran it on my own.

Anyway, we went with a friend of mine to the racecourse for the start of the York 10K this morning with a goal of running 4:1 minute intervals and aiming to finish anywhere between 1:10:00 and 1:15:00.  The queue for the toilet, as usual, was really long and we were still standing waiting for a toilet to come free when they started the run.  That was fine, it takes about 20 minutes for all of the runners to cross the start line anyway so we knew we had time to get there before they told us it was too late.  As it happened, we joined the masses with plenty of time to spare and crossed the start line with lots of people behind us at 13 minutes after the gun.

This year my friend, who I ran with last year, hasn’t done any training and was carrying a back injury so she was aiming for a much slower time of 1:30:00 but she wanted to start with us and see how far she could get.  We started out relatively slow, for us, and completed the first km in 7:20 with the 2nd km taking 7:30.  After we left my friend, Adam picked up the pace considerably with the next 3 km being completed in just over 21 minutes.  The km splits for 6 and 7 got even faster with the fasted split of 6:23 coming at the 7 km mark.  Adam decided he wanted more of a walking break in the 8th km and consequently the time went down a bit.  It also didn’t help that the course had an “out and back” part to it, you know where you run up a road and then have to turn round and run back down it while other runners are going the other way.  As we could only run on half of the road, it was harder to get round slower runners/walkers so I am blaming that for the slower split too.  Adam came home strong though with a final split of 6:26 😀

Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary 1:08:39.1 9.97 6:53
1 7:19.5 1.00 7:20
2 7:29.8 1.00 7:30
3 7:04.3 1.00 7:04
4 7:01.3 1.00 7:01
5 7:00.6 1.00 7:01
6 6:41.4 1.00 6:41
7 6:23.5 1.00 6:23
8 6:51.0 1.00 6:51
9 6:33.8 1.00 6:34
10 6:13.9 0.97 6:26

The official time from Run for All was 1:08:34.  I have a PB 😀

I am so proud of my boy.  I wish I could persuade him to run longer splits because he has the potential to go so much faster and run away from me one day.  The splits from 2 km were his pace, not mine, and when he gets the confidence to keep running rather than rely on the interval timings I won’t be able to keep up.  His pace is so much quicker than mine but, at the moment, I have the endurance which is why my 5K PB is faster than his.  I would also like to point out that Adam only runs/trains at York parkrun so the furthest he has ever run before today was 5 km and he only ran once in July due to parkrun being cancelled for the Tour de France and horse racing.

Adam is now asking if we can do the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield in September.  Well, I was going to run it anyway, so sure.  He is also looking up the dates for the Yorkshire based Run for All 10Ks for next year with a view to taking part in Hull, Leeds and York 10Ks in 2015.  Well, we need a challenge and if it will keep him going to parkrun, I’m all for it.

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May Goals – Week 1 – Run done

I actually got out for a run today 🙂  It’s my first run on my own for a while and, looking at my 10K training plan on myasics.com was supposed to be a 6km build-up run.  To do the build-up run:

Start to run at the first guideline pace.  When you are comfortable increase your pace and maintain it. Then increase your pace a second time and maintain it. Stay in control of your pace, don’t push too hard and end up finishing slow.

My pace was supposed to start at 7:57/km and finish at 7:09/km.  I think running the parkrun in intervals with my son have improved my basic pace so much that I couldn’t force myself to run slower than 7:30/km.

Lap 1 0:07:35 Dist 1km
Lap 2 0:06:48 Dist 1km
Lap 3 0:06:45 Dist 1km
Lap 4 0:06:50 Dist 1km
Lap 5 0:06:27 Dist 1km
Lap 6 0:04:55 Dist 0.8km

The first km was completed in 7:35 because I had to slow down/stop to cross roads, not because I ran slower.

I really enjoyed this run and will now try to keep up with the weekly runs on top of the parkrun.  I set up my running programme to only have 2 runs per week, one of which is the parkrun.  The myasics.com programme originally gave me a 10K finish time of 1:05:09 and is now calculating the finish time as under 1 hour!  If I keep training at the speed I am doing now.  As I will be running the 10K with my Boy, I won’t be running that fast but it’s nice to know I can.

 


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Virtual Walk update and other stuff

We have finished 2013 and what a great year it was for running, swimming and general exercise/fitness for me.  It was a year for PBs and getting my son out of the house and running with me 🙂

First though, let me update you on my virtual walk from York to Walt Disney World.  I forgot to post an update for November so this is for both November and December.  I completed 142.95 km in November and 160.69 km in December for a total of 5,075.77 km completed with 1,806.23 km left to go.  I have completed an average of 6.91 km/day and 48.38 km/week during the past 2 years of my challenge.  If I want to finish my walk before the end of the 101 in 1,001 challenge I need to complete an average of 6.86 km/day or 48.04 km/week between now and mid-September.

Since arriving in North America, I have travelled through Canada into the USA, through Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  In November and December I continued my journey from Clinton, MA through Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.  I am currently in Jersey City, NY, I think.

I completed the Swimathon (5,000m swim) for the I don’t know how many-th time, but I have definitely done the Swimathon every year since 2006 or so and I did 2 or 3 before that.  So, does that make it about 10 or 11?  I do remember my first Swimathon back in 1991, it took me 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete the 200 lengths.  My fastest time in the past 6 years or so was 1 hour 52 minutes, until this year.  My first PB of the year came in the pool: 1 hour 43 minutes, a whole 9 minutes faster than my previous best!  Whoop!

Next up was the Race for Life.  Didn’t expect to get a PB on this one as I hadn’t really trained for it.  My fastest Race for Life time was somewhere around the 37 minute mark so quite slow really.  I finished in 36 minutes 44 seconds.  Not bad, I guess but I really wanted to break through the 35 minute mark.  Never mind, it would come.

At the beginning of August I completed my 5th 10K run, and my 5th Run for All.  My training had gone really well and I knew that I could get under 1 hour 12 minutes for a new PB.  It didn’t happen as I decided to keep a friend of mine company on her first 10K run.  She did really well and we finished in 1:15:10.  This year we’re going to get under 1:15:00 and get her a new PB.  My son is also entered for this year’s York 10K, should be fun 😀

The week after the 10K, my friend got married and decided that she would try to get as many people as possible to run the parkrun with her the day before her wedding (she got married on a Sunday).  So, I signed up and went along.  After the amount of training I’d put in for the 10K I wanted to see how fast I could go.  Another PB, this time another huge one: 33:15 – 2:30 off my previous best 🙂  I have now completed 13 parkruns and got myself another PB for Christmas: 31:59.

Finally, as I had held back for my friend at the York 10K, I decided to enter the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield at the end of September.  As I hadn’t done much running due to the Summer holidays I wasn’t aiming to run it all but I did want to try to get a PB.  I settled on intervals of run:walk of 5:1 and finished in 1:09:50.  Yet another PB!  It would have been faster except I needed to use the loo half way round, just think how fast I could have gone if I hadn’t had to stop.

I have already entered the Swimathon, York 10K and a runDisney 5K next year and am considering entering the Great Yorkshire Run again.  I wanted to enter the Leeds Half Marathon but I need to wait and see if my husband will be at home to look after my son first.  My son can, and is, run the 10K with me but I think that the half marathon might be pushing it a bit.  Can I get more PBs this year?  Only time will tell.


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Great Yorkshire Run 2013

This is my 300th post!

It seems fitting that I am writing about the Great Yorkshire Run as my 300th post.  I wanted my 300th post to be something special but this will do as a substitute.

I took part in the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield yesterday and, knowing that Sheffield is quite hilly, was a little worried about whether or not I’d get round as quickly as I got round York with my friend in August.  As it happens I didn’t need to worry about any of it until the last 200 m!

We were up at 6.15 am to get ready to drive to Sheffield.  Why did I think this was a good idea?  I don’t get up at 6.15 am on a school/work day let alone a Sunday!  We wanted to leave home by 7 am to ensure that we got to the tram station by 8.30 am.  We were out of the door by 7.03 am and on our way down the A64 when I said “I forgot my croc hat and sunglasses.” The croc hat wasn’t important but sunglasses definitely were, I hate running (or walking or driving) with even the slightest bit of glare from the sun.  Fortunately, we hadn’t got too far down the A64 and were able to turn around at Bilbrough Top.  So we went back home for me to get my hat and sunglasses and were off again by 7.30 am.  The roads were fairly clear and we were at Meadowhall by 8.30 am to get the tram to the city centre where I saw the hill to the finish line!  To say it is steep is an understatement.

We had plenty of time so we walked around a bit and arranged a meeting point for afterwards in case my husband and son didn’t see me cross the finish line and then wander to the end of the packet pick-up bit.  It was then time to queue for the loo.  It was actually a short queue, definitely shorter than any queue I’ve ever seen at York with fewer toilets.  How does that work?  I’m guessing they weren’t the only loos available for use.

As I didn’t have a 10 k time when I signed up for the Great Yorkshire Run, I was in the Pink wave of runners at the back.  That was OK.  I’m happy to start at the back as most people weave their way past me at the beginning rather than the other way around.  I usually catch up with the eager beavers after the field has thinned out a bit and it’s easier to get round them.  As I was in the last wave of starters, and we started 25 minutes after the elite runners, we saw the leaders coming back up the hill as we were going down it.  It could have been very disheartening if we had all started at the same time but knowing that our wave was 25 minutes after them and it took me about 2 minutes to cross the start line I was encouraged rather than discouraged by it.  Apparently the first runner home finished in 29 minutes.

So, we ran down the hill which we would have to run up again after 9.8 km and then made our way on to a lovely long, flat dual carriageway towards Hillsborough.  Well, it felt flat after thinking that it was going to be hilly.  There were singers and bands spread out along the route too to keep us entertained.  There was one guy who was singing songs like “Keep on Running” and “Born to Run” – fab!  The car sales people came out from their showrooms to cheer us on too – they weren’t getting any business while we were running along the road since the road was closed were they?  At about 2.5 km I needed to go wee.  I knew it was a bad idea to not go again before I started!  Anyway, I kept on running (and walking, I’d decided to run/walk 5 min/1 min) until I got to Hillsborough Stadium where we turned around and they had 3 loos.  Of course there was a queue but I didn’t think I’d last until I got back to the finish.  I think I wasted took about 2 minutes to queue and go to the toilet but it was well worth it because I wasn’t thinking about my bladder anymore and some of the runners I had just passed at around 5 k were now back in front of me giving me a target to get passed.

The 4.5 km back were a lot easier without the pressure of my bladder.  Well, they were until 9 km to go when we had a little hill to climb followed by a little hill down and then, of course, the 200 m steep hill right at the end.  Anyway, I made it.

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I was aiming to beat 1:15:10, which I ran in York in August. Ideally I wanted to beat 1:13:?? which I ran in York in 2010.  Guess what, I smashed it!  New PB: 1:09:50.  Just think what I could have done if I had gone to the loo immediately before the start instead of having to stop half way round!

Taking part was, of course, mostly about raising money – why else would I be wearing a crocodile hat? – it was a little bit about the prizes, medal and t-shirt.


A Princess and a Pixie: A New Race, Challenge and Coast-to-Coast Medal | Official runDisney Blog

A Princess and a Pixie: A New Race, Challenge and Coast-to-Coast Medal | Official runDisney Blog.

Wow, I really want to try this one day but maybe not when I do my first half marathon. Then again, why not? Especially if it is at Disney World with what I am sure will be a wonderful atmosphere, and characters! I just want more medals really:)