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A challenging challenge

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: sports, running, goals, confession

With February fast approaching her end, I am saddened to report that I have still not managed to run a race as part of my 2013 Race a Month Challenge. Not for a lack of trying, however, as my January race was cancelled due to ice and my February plans have all been scuppered due to on-going Forestry Commission work on my local Park Run’s route.

I decided that I would try to make up for these delays by running three races in March, but there was a bit of uncertainly over the past few weeks that meant I was unable to register for the Alloa Half Marathon—and I didn’t know where I’d find my other two races.

But, I am pleased to say that my January race (the Buchlyvie 10K) has been rescheduled and will now be held on Sunday, March 3. And there is another 10K at the end of March. So, that takes care of my January and March races.

Of course, that still leaves me with the challenge of replacing my February race.

Realising that it’s difficult to find races every month, I decided that I would accept an offer to join a charity walk on March 17 instead. It’s a 14-mile walk from Callander to Bridge of Allan in support of the Aberlour Children’s Charity. (I hope that others will allow me to count this in lieu of a proper run.)

So, that's the first three months taken care of. And I am still planning for a 10K in April and I’ve registered for the full Edinburgh Marathon in May. June, July, and August are still undetermined, but I registered for the Loch Ness Marathon (again!) for September and am hoping for another running of the Beat Beethoven in October. As for November and December, well... let me get through the summer before I start stressing about those.

Anyhow, that’s a wee update for anyone who’s wondered where my race accounts have been. And remember, you can always see photos from my races here.

[That's a photo of me running with my then-11-year-old nephew as I trainied for my first marathon.]

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