am i goin to embarrass myself?

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21/10/2013 at 16:12

I am doin the gsr on Sunday,only started running 4 weeks ago.went out for my run this morning,my longest so far at 6 miles.this is obviously still a long way off the gsr distance and it took me 87 minutes and a couple of little in that basis 10 miles will take 2hrs 10!!!!!!!! Embarrassing slow. Don't know if I should bother? Really don't wanna make a fool of myself or be last????? Plus at 4 stone overweight I gonna stick out like sore thumb anyway.what should I do??

21/10/2013 at 16:17

You may have some negatives at the moment.. but think to why you wanted to start running ?


Plus you can be proud and boast to all the haters when you finish


Good luck and well done for starting! 

21/10/2013 at 16:18


or attempt it accepting you will be slow and will have to walk a lot of the distance.


21/10/2013 at 16:21

I'm with Scott on this one, go for it, so what if you're last, at least you'll have acheived something more than lots of people.


Good Luck!

21/10/2013 at 16:25

Go for it.

It is a huge race and with so many people you are not going to stand out and I doubt very much that you will even be among the slowest.

21/10/2013 at 16:26

Scott - you feeling alright? That was like a positive post there ........ take note Samir!


21/10/2013 at 16:27

you might be last, you might not, so what? If you don't do it you will always wonder if you could have... nothing to lose by trying, but I would follow a walk/run strategy all the way. 

And if it is a really big event which I assume it is there will be people of all sizes and speeds anyway

21/10/2013 at 16:27

Go for it.  If you look on the Genral forum, there is a thread about coming last in events.

I was last in an event just over a month ago. Different distance, but last is still last no matter what the event, and the only way not to have someone come last is to never have any events.

Just go out there, enjoy yourself, and do the best you can.  As long as you try hard, that is all that anyone can ask for.  You have paid your entrance fee, you have as much right as anyone to be there.

21/10/2013 at 16:27

I only troll Samir for fun  

21/10/2013 at 16:28

Agree do it - even at 4 stone overweight you won't be alone at the back, there will be plenty of company and the support for the slower runners is even more vociferous than for the fatser guys and what a great achievement it will be, the first of many. .

21/10/2013 at 16:31

Pick an event that Poohbear is running ....... (that one was for Sussex Runners benefit, I will admit that was a cheap shot)


21/10/2013 at 16:33

If you have only been running for 4 weeks, are 4 stone overweight and think you will manage 10 miles in 2.10 then that is pretty good going!

I'm pretty sure you won't be last.  

Edited: 21/10/2013 at 16:35
21/10/2013 at 16:39

The GSR goes practically past my house so I watch it nearly every year. I am very overweight and a very slow jogger and have done it myself.

If you can run 6 miles you are going to be fine.

All sorts of fitness shapes, sizes ages and abilities run and at every stage there will be some people walking, even 50 feet from the start.

You will be boyed along by the atmosphere, there are a lot of people there for the challenge and a lot who are doing it for charity.

I am very confident that you will not embarass yourself. You might wish you had trained beter, and promise you will next time..

Don't chicken out do it and you won't be sorry..

And besides I will be there to cheer you on..

Put your name on your shirt and the crowd can shout your name.

(I did this once with permanent marker and had my name on my chest for days after!)






21/10/2013 at 16:46

OMG I could kiss you all,I am gonna bloody whoop.thanks so much for posts of encouragement. My number came just landed on my mat,and I got a bubble of excitement in my tummy..... thanks again everyone.see you on the other side!!!!!!! 

21/10/2013 at 16:50

brilliant, don't forget to come back and post a race report to let us know how you get on

21/10/2013 at 20:20

Just remember no matter how long it takes you nobody can ever take away that feeling of those last few strides & when they put the medal round your neck - you'll do it!!


21/10/2013 at 21:10

Go for it !!! Does not matter the time and your place just enjoy it...i am going to do the same on Sunday, in my first race

22/10/2013 at 08:18

I 'ran' the Loch Ness Marathon last year in 5:43:15 and the support the back runners outweighs the support for some of the middle time runners! just enjoy yourself there is a brilliant feeling when you cross that finish line and remember no matter how slow you are you were still quicker than people who never started it... just do what you can do and you will get there!

22/10/2013 at 13:36

Just think of the people who can't cover the distance under their own power while you can.  It's natural to feel self conscious but there will be so much support.  Go for it!

22/10/2013 at 13:45

You wont be last. Enjoy the crowds, enjoy the race and the support. If you can run 6 miles you can do the full 10. I know a lot of people walk the GSR.

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