As part of The Comeback Chronicles (sequel to The Crutch Chronicles), I apparently decided to make my return to running *official* by entering far more races than I can really afford or justify. And let’s not even talk about the fact that my ankle is still screwed. Ignoring all that, here’s a rundown:
Vilnius Half Marathon
When: 10th September, 2017
Where: Vilnius, Lithuania
This is the main goal race of the year; the one that’s gonna get me back in gear as a runner, as I make my slow but steady comeback. My running club does at least one big destination race each year, and Vilnius won the vote! It’s an opportunity to travel to a place I’d never have had an excuse to go to, plus it’s really cheap which helps a lot.
When: 17th September, 2017
Where: The Serpentine, a 40-acre lake slap bang in the middle of Hyde Park, London.
I have never swum in open water before, nor do I own a wetsuit, but it’s gonna be a good opportunity to learn! I’m mainly doing this because I lack the motivation to actually get my butt in the pool. Once I’ve set a goal and parted with the cash though, it’s always much easier for me to find motivation. Once I’m actually in the swimming pool, I really enjoy swimming, it’s just actually getting there that’s the issue! Luckily though, I have several friends who are triathletes and confident open water swimmers, so I’ll be taking all the help I can get! As a side note, is it really weird that I’m doing this mainly to become a better runner…?
The Big Half
When: 4th March, 2018
Where: Basically the London Marathon route
I got caught up in the excitement surrounding this brand new race, taking place in March 2018. It follows almost the same route as the London Marathon – except that obviously, it’s half the distance. Mayor of London Sadiq Kahn has endorsed it, plus there are discounted entries for inhabitants of the London boroughs on the route… and so I bit the bullet!
London Marathon 2018 (Ballot)
When: 22nd April, 2018
Where: The streets of my favourite city
Let’s be honest it’s the freakin’ London Marathon, what else needs saying? I’ve entered the general ballot, and I’ll get an extra ballot entry through my athletics club and a third ballot entry by doing the Swim Serpentine event. My odds are pretty good at this stage, and so I’d better get my butt in gear! My main concern at this stage is my calves which gave out about 2 weeks before Budapest Marathon, and so I’m really focused on actually getting that fixed.
Aside from these races I’m sure there will be a ton of other smaller events I end up signing up for. For the running, my main goals are to make only one comeback, and make it properly. As for the swimming… I have no idea what I’m doing, so I’m all ears!
Any tips for my comeback? What races have you signed up for?
Lots of love,