I don’t have a favourite race distance that I stick to. I get bored easily to like to mix up my races, from 5Ks to marathons. 3.1 miles to 26.2, I have run numerous races and find it hard to pick my ‘ideal’ distance, because they can all be hard.
My first, and biggest bit of news is that on the 3rd November I will be running my second marathon.
If you’re a dates geek, like me, you might guess that I am running the ING New York marathon, and you’d be right! I was given the opportunity by 2.09 events as a media spot through my job and am seriously excited. Only 10 weeks to go! Obviously I am over the moon about this. The New York Marathon has been on my bucket list since I finished the London Marathon in 2012. I’m going to be writing about my training on the blog, and also on handbag.com so keep an eye out for it.
Also new to the racing calender is The Royal Parks Half Marathon on October 6th in London. I’ve entered the ballot for this race a couple of times but never got a place. My flatmate, Amanda is running this as her first half marathon (no backing out now!!) so I was thrilled when Mayhew Animal Home offered me a chance to be part of their team! They still have places available if you want to run for them, and are always grateful for any donations. Find out more here.
Another addition is the Women’s Running 10K, that I am taking part in as part of the Write this Run team. Check out my fellow team mates here, you may recognise a few of them! We are all going to be writing blog posts for Women’s Running Magazine website, so make sure you stop by and check them out. You can read my blog post on Learning to Run Faster on their site too!
Something a little different in the calender is a little blogger meet up that Ashley encouraged us to sign up for. It is the Gloanna Yoga and 5K run in Battersea Park. Check out Leah’s blog post about the last event. If you fancy a chilled 5K followed by yoga session in the park, then this event is for you! There are even pre-run prosecco shots, what’s not to like? Places are still available if you’d like to join us- we’re signed up for the first session of the day.
Last, but probably scariest, is the London Duathlon that the lovely people at Limelight/Boutique Sport have given me a place in. I originally signed myself up for the Classic 55- 10K run, 40K bike, 5K run. After reading Laura’s BRICK workout recap, and finding myself struggling to train properly, (as well as a small thing called marathon training) I’ve decided to change to the Super Sprint. That involves 5K run-11K bike-5K run. Still a new challenge but not something that is going to detract too much from long runs.
Have you got any races coming up?
Disclaimer: I’ve been given complimentary bibs in these races in exchange for sharing my opinions and training.
Sheesh, you’re really covering a lot this season! You’re making me jealous. You’re also making me feel wimpy and inspired. Fall races, here I come!
That’s so nice to here! What sort of distance race are you signing up for?
WOW! What a lot of events! Good Luck. Hope you do lots of cross training to avoid injury. Shall I apply for ‘official photographer’?
When you say you were ‘given the opportunity’ to do NYCM by 2:09, do you mean you signed up through them (which I’ve done in the past) or it was comped?
I have been given a press place by 2.09 and am working with them on behalf of handbag.com, where I am documenting my training! I am really lucky, but think that they offer really good deals when booking with them and is something I would do in the future!
Thanks for the clarification; it’s nice to know when something featured was a given opportunity (vs being paid for out of pocket), and I wasn’t sure from the phrasing.
Hi Cynthia, Just going back to this, as it was part of my paid job, I wasn’t sure how to clarify this on the blog. I’ve now updated all the training plan posts to include that I have a Media Spot. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I’ll try to be more transparent in the future!