The only time I've ever got scared on a run was when I was marathon training last winter. Got up extra early to fit in a long run so was still pitch black when I set off and my brain was clearly still asleep. Was running through local park on the sea front and a giant wave splashed up over some large rocks next to me and in my head, I saw it as a giant pulling itself up out of the sea.....Obviously I told myself I was being ridiculous but by that stage I was seriously spooked and sprinted the mile through the dark park until I reached the main road again when I calmed myself down. Unfortunately there's no alarm I've found that protects you against your own crazy mind . Needless to say, I'm fairly certain that the coast of Poole isn't inhabited by large mythical giants but I've never run through that park in the dark again - you never know... !
Right - so we sold our house on Tuesday last week and over the weekend we had an offer accepted on our dream house in our dream location so we are all systems go! Both ends of our chain need to complete by Christmas so it's going to be a mental few weeks (as it's also our daughter's 8th birthday and my little sister's wedding in those weeks too...) Good thing with that timescale though is that we should be in our house by Christmas, in time to start marathon training!
I'm so in love with this new house - it's in a really gorgeous area of Poole which is quite expensive so I never thought we'd ever be able to afford to live there but the original buyers for the house had their mortgage rejected and so they stuck it back on the market at a reduced cost to get it re-sold and maintain the chain so we got a bargain! I am just so worried that it's all a bit 'too good to be true' and something is going to be wrong . I don't think I'll sleep or relax again until I have the keys in my hands!
As a result of all that jazz, I haven't managed to do much running at all. Original plan was to be running long weekend runs of 10-14 miles between now and December to build up endurance but I'm barely making it out over 5 milers at the moment due to time pressures and mortgage/solicitor appointments etc. Better than nothing but I think this stressful build up to the official training might affect my sub-4 goal. I am considering changing my objective for Manchester to just having fun and getting as close to 4hrs as I can and then do Seville the following February and target sub 4 there.
Bigeater - I'm the same. I put my name in the ballot after watching it on tv while at Butlins recovering from this year's Manchester Marathon (I live in Poole - had to cheer on our man Steve Way!) and got caught up in the atmosphere. Then a few weeks later when I was reading various race reports, I had second thoughts - it sounds like the most colossal amount of people and noise, and I can't imagine running in all that. So sod's law, this is the year I'll get an acceptance magazine through my door for London . I feel though that if I've been lucky enough to get a spot on the ballot then I'd be a fool not to take it up and just do it for the atmosphere and the day and chase the sub-4 at a different race. We'll see soon enough - I agree though - 13th Oct is later than normal - I'm sure I found out at the end of September last year too.