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Summer Running Plans

Now that the feat of endurance that was the London Marathon is just a distant memory I’ve had some time to think about the running I’ll be doing over the summer. I have both road and trail action lined up and I’m really looking forward to it!

A big step for me this spring was finally joining a club, York Knavesmire Harriers, after nearly ten years of running. I did this mainly because I want to improve my 10K time this year if possible – more on this in a later post. I reasoned that the only way to get better at running 10Ks is to do more of them, and joining the Harriers allows me to participate in the York & District Summer Road Race League, which consists of a 10K race once a fortnight from May to July. I’ve done two races so far and, although I get surprisingly nervous beforehand, I’ve really enjoyed them. I’m some way off my PB at the moment, but I’m determined to see if I can break 50 minutes before the end of the year. We’ll see!

I’ve really grown to love trail running over the last couple of years, and took part in my first Hardmoors event last year, the Wainstones Half. I also did the Saltburn Half in February. Both tough but fab events! So I’ve gone a step further and entered two Hardmoors marathons this year; the White Horse in June and Rosedale in August. The White Horse is less than three weeks away now, so last weekend I did the Ravenscar Half to get some hills in my legs, and at the beginning of June I have the Top of the Wolds 10K for some more. My aim for the White Horse: finish in one piece!

In July we’re hoping to go on holiday to the Alps in our camper van for a bit of trail running, cycling and Tour de France watching. Always a great opportunity to get some big hills in the legs, alongside the patisserie and wine! Hopefully this will prepare me for Rosedale. There are a few great running events going on close to home when I’ll be away, like the Yorkshire Wolds Half; but hey, you can’t do everything – unfortunately!

The Hardmoors marathons are a major part of my preparation for my autumn marathon, Snowdonia in October. I’ve heard such good things about this event I couldn’t resist entering, so I’m doing that instead of a road marathon. To be honest I’m struggling a bit to feel the love for road marathons these days, increasingly finding them a bit boring and very hard work; although having said that I am very tempted to enter the ballot for next year’s Tokyo Marathon. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan and love a runcation! And then I want to have my last go at that sub 50 10K at the Leeds Abbey Dash in November because it’s a great PB course.

And just for a bit of fun, me and a few friends are doing a Wine Dash in June. It’s a 5K event in aid of a local hospice, set in a local vineyard with ‘refreshment’ stops on the way round. Running under the influence will definitely be a first anyway!

What are your summer running plans? I’d love to hear about them.

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