I'm so gutted. I've said for ages I want to do a marathon in 2014, so I've been thinking about Brighton 2014 practically since I started running in February, finally decided a few days ago to go for it - only to find it's on my Mum's birthday.
Any other year I'd have said "sod her" and done it anyway, but as it's her 50th I feel she might not be too understanding.
Well done! Sounds like great fun. I wanted to do an adventure/downright filthy race this year but they seem to all be in April/May so I think I've missed the boat. Next year for sure!
Hahaha yes, the magic pink shoes have made a few appearances! They took some getting used to but I love them now.
Did the 5.5km Monday, that was a bit of a struggle (fecking headwind while running uphill...) but I made it. Wednesday did my usual 5km route - annoyingly, I actually felt way better than I did on Monday and like I could have gone further (maybe the 6.5km version), but I was at the back of the pack already and it wasn't fair to make the guys back at the shop wait ages for me to stagger in.
At any rate, about two-thirds round I tripped over a paving slab and banged my knee - at the time I felt fine so I just got up and carried on running, but today my knee is stiff as hell. Probably means I won't be able to run tomorrow. Grumble, grumble. Although getting skinny jeans on this morning without bending my leg was a workout in itself!
The route I run on a Monday and Wednesday, turns out there's an optional extra bit to take it up to 7.5km. Another lady and I looked at a map and found a couple of shortcuts in the 'extra' bit... So we're thinking next week we'll do our normal route, plus the first part of the extra bit, then take a shortcut back - that's about 5.5km, I reckon. The week after, we'll do a bit more of the extra bit (making the run about 6.5km), and then the third week we'll do the whole 7.5km. After that we'll have to try and find some other diversions to take to lengthen the route!
But yes, getting from 5 to 10k seems much more achievable than 0 to 5k, strangely. And from 10k it's not a huge jump to 10 miles, and then from 10 miles you're almost at half-marathon distance!