Thank you all so very much for welcoming me back and taking an interest even though I've neglected you so badly! I'm not having the very best of times currently (and am a crybaby anyway), so reading your posts just now brought a little tear to my eyes... Thanks!
Saltpot, well done yesterday! You truly deserve those Green and Blacks (apparently, there was a whole tub full of them in last year's Edinburgh HM goody bag)! Where was your half?
And well done everybody else whose HM was before, too! You're a bunch of True Halfers! Nice some of you got to meet up at their halves - makes the day so much nicer, doesn't it?
The 4 Parks HM sounds really nice. Will have to look it up. Staying close to Richmond Park currently and immensely appreciating it. But, fortunately, I won't be in London anymore in October (as Richmond Park is about the only positive thing about it for me).
Vikki, doing a couple of shortter races beforehand is definitely a good idea. Though I'd make sure you get enough time between te last one of them and your actual half so you don't start the HM still tired, and so you can focus more and more on longer runs. Just my unqualified opinion, of course - not that I knew anything aboutthese things, really.
Ed, sorry to hear about your job! That sucks. Fingers crossed you'll find something else soon.
Susie and Darren, sorry about your toe nail and knee! Get well soon, both of you.
As for my half yesterday, I actually quite enjoyed it - something which I didn't expect at all. I thought I'd drag myself round and then be proud of myself afterwards, but never thought the run itself would be fun. However, after a very windy and cold day beforehand, the weather was just lovely (even got a slight sunburn!) and I met a nice runner whom I ran together with for the first 11 miles. So much easier when you've got somebody to chat to, and I think it also helped with the time. I didn't need to walk at all,even skipped the portaloos and just regretted not having speeded up a bit further from the finish. And just very little soreness today, too - though I was absolutely knackered yesterday evening.The race organsisation was pretty rubbish though. Seems my timing chip didn't record at all. So, just judging from two runners whosetimes I know (and between whom I finished) and the clock at the finish, it seems I did it in just under 2 hours. Which I credit to the other woman I ran with - would have been much slower on my own.
I feel really bad coming back after this long absence and not having read any of the thread in between... - but Foxy replied to my thread on what shirt to wear and was so nice that I'm just taking the plunge. I know it's rude of me because I have no clue what has been posted in the last couple of weeks/months - sorry!
I have been thinking of all of you who posted in this thread when I was still in it (seeing that I didn't know the others then - but of course, that's not exclusive!), but life has been so busy that I never got round to posting again. I've temporarily moved to London, started a new project that has me working all weekends and until late at night (which means I get to sleep in ), have come down with a cold first and then a flu, went to Germany for a weekend for my cutesy niece's baptism, hardly managed to run and have generally been knackered for the past two months. But: tomorrow is the big day - the Edinburgh half. It's been really cold and windy here today, so fingers crossed we won't freeze to death tomorrow. Still dithering whether to wear my cotton charity shirt and/or a regular tech one and, strangely enough, not excited yet. Just thinking about my bed, pizza and chocolate instead, but we'll see.
Enough of me though - how are you all doing??? Foxy said that most of you had done their first halfs already - congrats! How did they go? Any interesting/funny/uplifting race stories? (And sorry - I'm sure you've talked about it all somewhere in this thread already...)
Foxy, well done on having run your third one already - that's truly impressive!
Saltpot, Foxy mentioned that your half was tomorrow, too. Good luck! Hope you're feeling more prepared than me.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to run before Sunday anymore, so it will have to do on the day. I know I should have tried it out, but was so stressed recently that I completely forgot.
Which is also the reason my training runs have all been considerably shorter than race distance (13k as opposed to 21k), hence me thinking that I might need some fuel during the race.
Do you think that I wouldn't get as cold in the wind with a tech shirt underneath as if I was wearing just the cotton one (which would get very sweaty, and therefore cold when the wind blows hard)? I really should have tried it out...
1.) Will a tech t-shirt still work if I wear a cotton one on top of it? I'm doing my first half marathon on Sunday and would like to wear the charity shirt, which is a regular cotton one. However, I got so used to my lovely tech tops that I'd rather not get all sweaty and have the wind blowing right through me in a cotton one.
2.) I've heard people recommending jelly beans to top up during a race a couple of times. Why specifically jelly beans and not any of the other gummi candy? What about dried apricots/raisins?