Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

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Flexible Running

by Russell Turner - 16:27 on 17 January 2021

Snow, wind, ice, rain and lethargy (not necessarily in that order) mean that at the end of my second week of 10k training I’ve still got two Week 2 runs to complete. Fortunately my race date is as flexible as my training schedule. February 2 is now my planned race day.

The following week, London Marathon ballot results will be emailed to all winners and losers because this year there will be no magazines posted out; whether this is to save money or resources, or as a consequence of covid, I don’t know.

Moving marathon day from April to October this year was a wise decision: several events usually held in March and April have already been cancelled, rescheduled or turned virtual. Doubtless more will follow, including two of my races rescheduled from last year, in Wigan and Alloa. The wedding industry is not optimistic either, for a whole block of City Limits gigs has been pushed back a year. April 2022 will be a busy month for music.

Inverness HM (May 16) and Edinburgh Marathon (May 30) are far enough ahead to be unaffected, but I’m not hugely optimistic that they’ll stay that way. So pencilled into my digital diary is the inaugural Abbott World Marathon Majors Global Marathon on May 1 and 2 – runners can choose when they begin but must complete the 26.2 virtual miles in one go. If Edinburgh moves, the virtual is Plan B.

In the meantime, my 10k training goes well, although the likelihood of beating my 53:53 PB in winter conditions seems slight. We’ll see.

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