Snowdonia trail half marathon: my biggest challenge to date

Well… I suppose I’ve done enough races to call myself a runner… but I still don’t like running, and I really don’t know why I’ve decided to up it a gear this year… Maybe because I wasn’t in a position to enter a strength or CrossFit competition, probably because I like a challenge… and definitely because I need something to motivate me to get off my chair and out of the door.

John and I have entered the Snowdonia trail half marathon on 24th July. 1230 metres of ascent over 13.1 miles of rough ground! 1230 metres! That’s more than Snowdon itself at 1085 metres, and more than twice as much uphill running as I’ve ever done in a race before! But as I said… I like a challenge! <gulp>

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It’s had the desired effect anyway. I’ve started a half marathon training plan, doing 3 shorter runs during the week and a longer run at the weekend. We have also booked to do the Goldrush trail race in Coed y Brenin forest on 23rd April, and the Excalibur half marathon over Moel Famau on 21st May. Goldrush is 8.5 miles and 420 metres of ascent, and Excalibur is 13.1 miles and 970 metres of ascent. Useful training races before Snowdon… and people walk Excalibur so at least I shouldn’t be last!

Excalibur is organised by Claire House children’s hospice and they ask participants to raise money to support their work. I don’t usually ask for sponsorship any more. However, I feel that the challenges I’m doing this year are particularly tough for me and that asking for sponsors, as well as supporting a worthy cause, might help my motivation. And because I’m probably going to ask for sponsorship, I thought it’d be good to blog my progress each week. Plus it’s a while since I’ve used Tumblr, so it’s good to remind myself how to use it. I can’t wait to blog this year’s summer road trip 🙂

That’s all for now. Back soon xx

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