It’s been a brilliant (and busy!) few weeks of running and I’m well back into the swing of things. A busy April with work commitments, holiday, and London Marathon means that I have been trying to fit as many runs in as possible to ease the strain on the final months of the challenge (May-July). I have a target list for runs in the final months of the challenge now, so will update the page as soon as I have the events confirmed.
31/80 – Slow Leeds [14th March]
Tired legs after a busy week of running the week before, I set off for a slow evening half around Leeds.
32/80 – Big Bear Challenge [19th March]
I had a great time running the Big Bear Challenge by Big Bear Events last week. It’s a 6-hour lapped event in which you can run as many laps as you choose around Pitsford Reservoir and country park. The event was brilliantly organised and had a really supportive atmosphere. I’ll definitely be back for another Big Bear event in the final three months of the challenge. I ran 6 laps which is around 19 miles – perfect prep for London!
33/80 – Trail / Fell Half in Peak District with Duncan [21st March]
I ran with my friend Duncan around the Peak District last Thursday. My first time running on proper fells / trails in fell running shoes and I had an amazing day. Duncan is a survival coach with North Ridge Adventure and is going to take me back out in the summer to learn navigation so I can plan my own routes. Can’t wait to get back out in the countryside, opened my eyes to a completely new side of running!
34/80 – Leeds Liverpool Canal [24th March]
Another great It’s Grim Up North event. I ran with Ollie and Lance who were both competing in their first half marathons. An out and back route along the Leeds-Liverpool canal and a sunny(ish) day to boot!
35/80 – Heavy Legs Around Leeds [26th March]
I headed out for a solo run around Leeds last night after a busy day at work. My legs felt heavy after 4 in 8 days, so I will be planning a few rest days now until the next Grim event in Temple Newsam this Saturday.
Less than 5 weeks to London Marathon! I am happy to have completed a 19-mile run last week in preparation and although I’m not going to set the world alight with my time, I’m really looking forward to London.
Then the final three months of the challenge where I will need to average 12 halfs each month. Bring it on!
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