I am the sister of chicken 123, and will be coming along and offering support.....getting very excited about the event as have always watched it on the TV since I was little and it will be great to watch someone actually run it!! Picking up my supporting banner on Friday!!
Hi Alice, I am a first timer for vlm. I too was shocked when getting to the 15-17 mile mark and finding that on sone runs I was in agony, but I have been told this is normal. I too tried for 20 and gave up at 17, you are not alone. The next week I carb loaded, hydrated, got podcasts to listen too, everything but looked at my watch and I did it, very slowly but I did. Good luck
Many thanks everyone, sorry for not checking for replies. Well I did it. I got podcasts, my gels, sweets to suck on the way round, and I did it without stopping. I am not sure everyone would take a couple of paracetamol on the way round, but it worked for me! I didn't look at my garmin, just trotted round. So 20 miles done, 300m ascent, does that class as hilly, sure seemed it.
I found the podcasts helped, I seriously hardly had to quell the stopping voices, and near the end, which is actually where I am prone to say 'won't matter now' I kept saying final push, about to taper, how will I feel at the end.... And it worked. I honestly felt at the end, I think I can do this.
There was also a glimmer of sunshine, ah hope for spring
Many thanks, I am trying to think positively, I had considered getting my husband to drop me off, but only since doing these runs have I realised what a hilly area I live in, and I try to plan my route around them, also possibly a little late in the day. The juggle of kids and work and living in a rural area has meant I have trained alone, but you are right that this is the final push, this time tomorrow I will hopefully be filled with confidence......