In which I sign up to *all* the races

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.


Swim Serpentine 

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,




26 thoughts on “In which I sign up to *all* the races”

  1. When I read the teaser for the post, I thought you were overdoing it! This looks like a reasonable approach to getting back to it. Listen to your body, you’ll know if something is not right.
    Otherwise, run on!

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  2. Good luck on your London ballet! I hope you get in!!

    As a sidenote, I think it sucks that as a London resident you can’t get guaranteed entry. I think people who live in the city of any marathon should be guaranteed entry instead of having to enter the lottery – they pay the taxes that support the race, after all!

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  3. Sure you’ll do grand. I can’t bring myself to swim. Bet of luck with that one.
    Just remember and build up slowly again and try and forget about times. Finishing is better.

    For me, I’ve probably got too many:
    Just did a 53 mile race (Highland Fling)
    Next is a 72 miler (Great Glen Ultra) then a 75miler (Pen Llyn Ultra), a 43miler (Devil O the Highlands), Quadrathon (North West Coast, Ireland) 4 marathons in 4 days, the BIG one (120 miler (Sandstone Way Ultra)) and finishing the year with a gentle 15mile, hilly, night time run.
    I feel exhausted just thinking about it all LOL
    Best of luck for you and your races Pippa.

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  4. Well, you could do the Gloucester Marathon on August 6th. I still have an entry for that (full distance) but no chance to go there. Won’t be in England at that time. Shoot me a message if you consider doing that run…


  5. Enjoy Swim Serpentine! I did it last year and it was a marvelous experience.

    London is a fantastic marathon IF you can get in, I’ve never had the level of crowd support in any other event. It is just something else.

    Running (or any other sporting event) in another country is always fun. Make sure you have a flag handy to cross the line with, it’ll make your chest swell with pride.

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