11/80 Great Scottish Run – New PB, New Pals!

10/80 — Great Scottish Run, Glasgow

I drove up to Edinburgh on Friday ahead of a day in Aberfeldy with my family friend Ruth. She made me an amazing breakfast of ‘smokies’ – looking back I’m sure this was what provided the fuel for my PB at Glasgow the next day!

Smokies - traditional Scottish breakfast

I woke early on Sunday for my usual pre-race meal of overnight oats, before setting off to meet Daniel and David – who are both also running 2019 London Marathon for Dementia Revolution – to travel together to Glasgow by train. Dale, a friend of Daniel and David, also met us on the train and he was running his first half marathon for MIND. We got on like a house on fire and all said at the end of the day it was as if we had known each other for years!

We arrived in Glasgow early to meet Derek, who very conveniently has an office by the start line of the race, to make introductions and talk through charity work. Derek also runs for dementia charities, but was running on Sunday for JAPES – a charity that works to provide people with mobility challenges the opportunity to participate in mass running events. Derek and his team pushed a charriot throughout the half marathon distance. An absolutely brilliant achievement for all involved!

I managed to get an interview on BBC which was broadcast across the UK ahead of the start, which can be seen here.

We set off at 11.30am after a group warm up. I’m not sure if group warm ups at events are overly effective, but they’re definitely a way of building atmosphere ahead of the start!

On the route we saw bagpipers, bands, magicians, and the support was fantastic throughout. Lots of children were out with their “push to go faster” signs, and the overall experience was brilliant. We set off at a pace faster than I usually would start at, but I was delighted when we managed to keep pace throughout and I finished in a new PB of 1:43:31.

Glasgow Half Marathon PB

I am excited to travel back to Scotland for Hogmanay this year and will meet up with David, Derek, Daniel and Dale again, as well as some of the members of the Running Friends Scotland Facebook group.

Finish Line --  PB David, Daniel, Sean

And there completed month one of the challenge — on to October!

11/80 – Leeds Solo Run & #RunandTalk with Hyde Park Harriers

I set off on another run on Tuesday and completed a solo 21.1km route around Leeds, before meeting up with Hyde Park Harriers for a #RunandTalk mental health run, to promote the positive impact of running on mental health, and the importance of talking openly when we are going through a tough time.

You shoud look our for #RunandTalk events local to you!

On Tuesday, I ran approximately 28km, so I will call it the first day of “longer distance” training ahead of London!

I am delighted to be at 12% of my funding goal at this stage of the challenge and thank you so much to everybody who has already donated through the following link.