I seem to have more success with the ballot for the Royal Parks Half Marathon than I do with the ballot for the London Marathon. I first ran the Royal Parks in 2011, having successfully got through the ballot and I loved it. It was a beautiful course on a beautiful day and the only frustration came from the fact that I had a nasty injury and had only run once a week up to 8 miles in the weeks leading up to it. Not ideal.
I was then unsuccessful in 2012 and 2013, the latter turning out to be a good thing as it transpired that I couldn’t have run it anyway. I deliberated this year over entering because at £48, this is a really expensive race, but finally decided to as I wanted a fitness target. The email confirming my place arrived yesterday amidst much excitement and also gives me a 50% success rate in the ballot. Yay. I am also contemplating the possibility of collecting for a charity, but I am planning to run the Brighton Marathon next year and don’t want to hound people twice. I typically wouldn’t fund raise when doing a half marathon, but the fact remains that this is a journey back from being on crutches and pregnant and so it’s going to be a really, really tough challenge this time. Things to think about, eh?
So there we go, one pregnancy completed, one baby delivered and two come back races planned. Of course, I can’t run for at least another 4 weeks, but at least I can look forward to a post half-marathon pizza and pint.