Well done Andy, you've acheived such a lot in a short space of time. And you're right, running's not all about marathons, it's about enjoying what you do.Hi Lisa, is it a Race 4 Life you're doing - I've entered 2 this year, one at the beginning of May, which I'll be walking with some friends, and one at the end of June which I hope to be running - depending on how the training/rehab go.
Hi kwala - I'm not doing the Race for Life 5k this year - have done them the past two years, but just as a walk/run type thing. I've always raised a fair bit in sponsorship for them, but I've decided this year that the 5k I'm going to do will be a local non-charitable one at the end of May. Basically now that I've got really into running, I still want to raise money for Cancer Research (same charity as Race for Life) but I'm aiming to get fit enough for one of their 10k ones they do in Autumn, and I'd rather push myself and go that bit further. My theory being that if I'm working harder and pushing myself more than in previous years, hopefully people will see that and I'll be able to raise even more charity money if I go for the 10k.
Saying that, I've enjoyed the Race for Life so much in the past, I'm tempted to do both the 5 and 10k. Such an amazing atmosphere and a brilliant day. I did the City of London one last year. Fantastic day
Lisa-Marie - good that you have some longer term goals - normal advice is not to increase by more than 10% per week, so you have plenty of time to build up to the 10k slowly and sensibly, and injury free.I said I wasn't doing any more R4L after last year, but always end up going back - just love the atmosphere, and no need to worry about being slow!! I did the City one too last year. It was the first time I'd ever run the full 5k with no walking - great feeling of achievement. I did one of the CR 10ks last year (run/walk) over in Wilts where my friend lives, and met up with some girls from another thread I post on, which was really great. Completely different atmosphere to the R4Ls but still good.
I imagine I'll probably end up doing a R4L again this year if I'm honest. A lot of my friends do them and it's a great day out. I don't like to pester people too often for sponsorship though - I know it's all for a good cause though. I might just end up entering the R4L and doing a personal donation instead. I've never managed to run the whole way though - that must have been fantastic.
One of my friends is running the marathon this year and she says the same thing about increasing by 10% each week. It's hard because I'm just so impatient.
big well done andy - that is amazing achievement!
hi jen - how's it going? how is the rehab?
big hi jo!
lisa-marie - i so know what u mean about being impatient to increase the distances! i can never wait to start clocking the miles! the R4Ls are great - good way to trach progress and get u into racing. thinking of doing the City one this yr with my housemate - she not impressed with me at that idea!!
mart - if im not on before sunday - GOOD LUCK!!!! hope u enjoy the day and have too many blisters!!
I will do!
I'll be wearing a white tshirt with Martin on it and a picture of my mum on the back!
wow Jen a trampoline - ive always wanted one of those - such a kid at heart!! sounds ur rehab going well - r u looking forward to getting distance back up again?
sigh - studying going ok but am nearing burn out!! have got 12 hours of exams over monday and tues - safe to say i dont intend to get out of bed on wednesday!!
good luck on sun mart - shall keep an eye out for u on the tv!!!!
hope everyone has good weekend!
Martin - hope you got on okay today. I was in the crowds.... such a brilliant atmosphere, despite the rubbish weather!
well done mart - only realised it was you when you left fetchpointKeith - didn't even realise you were there!! Think we were on the same tube to the pub (with Stumpy/john66/hanneke) but didn't find that out until later but by then you'd disappearedGood to finally meet you EB, hope you're having a good break dahn sahf!!
Back to the hotel to find my mate up so a quick shower and off to the Expo it was. Got to the RW/Fetch stand to disocver Hippo blogging on Fetch, what a surprise ;) Ambled round there for a while, collecting leaflets for various races including one for Comrades which due to my injury spell i think will revert to 2010 and 2011 for the back to back attempts. Laeflet says i can get a first timers medal for doing it both ways with te up rn frst which is 2010 on top of the normal finishing medals which sounds good to me. I might be faster by then too.Didn't really do much after the expo just vegged out n the hotel watching telly and surfing the net. Made sure everything was packed the night before though so that when we got up in the morning there was nothing that needed doing. Well apart from me lugging two heavy bags to Euston so i can get to Watford to bring the car into london.Straight down to Fetchpoint from Euston via jogging down from Liverpool st as the circle line was rammed. Managed to reach tower bridge before the elite women went throuh which was good. Fetchpoint itelf was loud, mad, and noisy ;) Oh and fun when not raining.Been blogged by others so no need to add any more but the sheer volume of noise when Mick and Phil went pat both times was just awesome, tears in my eyes despite having run several races with them before. Heres hoping it'll be made a permanant thing. Perhaps getting Team Hoyt over too is a possibility.Pretty much it for the weekend and back to work in a hour (getting out of bed might be an idea then ) a coupl of short runs during the week then Hawkshead trail race on saturday woohoo.
you've bored everyone now
How are u
i was going to paste my Award and London blog on here - but i don't want to bore everyone
Hiya Mick, not too bad pal, legs now fine so can go for a moderate run tomorrow!
Get it posted! Was really happy to meet you on the day
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