Preparing for Royal Parks Half Marathon

half marathon training

In just a few short weeks, Graham and I will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in support of Starfish Greathearts. You may be thinking this sounds awfully familiar, and that’s because we did the exact same thing last year!

Starfish generously gave both Graham and I charity places for the second year in a row to this amazing half marathon and in return, we’ve pledged to raise £550. Starfish is an international development charity that aims to bring life, hope and opportunity to children in southern Africa who have been orphaned or made vulnerable through HIV/AIDS.

We would be so gracious if you could donate a few dollars or pounds via our JustGiving page here:

The race takes place on 13th October. It’s a beautiful central London half marathon that takes in some of the city’s most famous landmarks including four of London’s eight Royal Parks: Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. It’s such a popular race that often, the only way to get a spot is to run for a charity.

Starfish Greathearts Royal Parks Half Marathon

Last year, I set my PB in this race, despite less than ideal conditions! I envisioned a magical Autumnal run, but it was pouring rain and horrible. I was grumpy and miserable for the first five kilometres before I finally settled into my pace. I set myself a goal to finish in 1:55 and actually finished in 1:54:59. Talk about spot-on pacing!

Royal Parks Half Marathon

I’m hoping the weather cooperates this year. I can’t say I have high hopes of a PB though. I have just been focused on other things. I’ve still been running lots, but with no specific training goals in mind. I set some new PBs in 5k and 10k earlier this year, and since then, I’ve just been running for enjoyment. In a way, it’s a much nicer way to run.

Also, my focus for the last several weeks has been on my Les Mills BodyPump instructor training and obtaining my official qualification. While I’ll start ramping up my running distances soon, instructor training will remain my priority until I submit my final video for evaluation on the 19th of September.

That said, I suddenly realised that if I don’t mention this race soon, we’re not going to raise any money and that would be sad because Starfish is a wonderful charity. Not only do they do amazing things for vulnerable children, they are also a really supportive race day crew: guarding bags, providing snacks and taking photos.

So please, if you would like to support this charity and all they do, please send some money our way. Just click here.

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