Run and travel with me

Monday, January 28, 2019

You may have noticed that my Events tab to the right is looking a bit full.  This year I have lots of exciting things happening and I would love for you to join me on some of them.

To celebrate my 40th birthday, I am taking part in the Run Through Queen Elizabeth Park Half Marathon* on  Sunday 10 February.  We are away for my actual birthday this weekend (off to Norway to see the Northern Lights!), so this is the best way for me to celebrate with my London friends. Many of my running buddies from Advent Running will be there too.  You can still register for the race here.  Afterwards, we will head over to Crate Brewery for pizza and cake baked by yours truly.  I would love to see you running, cheering or eating at some point that day.

Although my big goal is to run a Boston Qualifying time, I decided to focus on half marathons for the start of 2019.  I am trying to run one a month.  In March, I will be running the Croydon Half * on Sunday 31 March.  It is a small local race and we will be visiting friends who live near by as we rarely make it south of the river these days.

This month, I am travelling abroad to run the Budapest Half marathon on 14 April by travelling with Run Hungary**.  They are a new company of locals who want to show off their country through running events. The trip is just a long weekend and includes a pasta party and free beer post-race. I always try to run a race when I travel.  So far, I have medals from France, Germany, Czech Republic, South Africa, Ireland, and many of the states in the USA.  I am very excited to be adding Hungary to the list!  Please check here for all of the info, including hotel options (accommodation and breakfast is included in package price).  Non-runners are also welcome to join us.

I am still researching options for half marathons this month.  Hackney Half is very appealing due to the proximity to home.  I did it the first year so maybe it would be a chance for a new course PB.

There is also the Ragnar Relay Sweden event in May, which I totally want to do.  Ultra X is putting together a team but I need to look at if I can get off work and then at how much the flights cost.  I loved the UK Ragnar Relay White Cliffs and think the first ever Swedish one (where the Ragnars originally hailed from) would be epic.

This will be my last half marathon for the year.  A good friend lives in Italy so I am looking for a race close to her to mix a visit with a run.  She isn't a keen runner so I will have to accompany her to the beach during my stay too. Oh darn.

I am super excited to announce I am an ambassador for Run Bulgaria**.  This summer, they have a five day camp in Bansko which includes:
  • Accommodation (1 Bedroom, 2 sharing)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Breakfast and Lunches
  • Guided Run 2-3 Times Per Day (Mixture of Trails, Road, Long, Short, Intervals, Mountains, all optional)
  • Seminars and Talks (Running, Stretching, Nutrition )
  • Films Shown Each Evening in The Bar
  • Spa Facilities Available (For Free or For a Very Small Charge)
  • Swimming day at the mineral hot springs.
  • Mountain Hike including lunch, Enjoy the most beautiful views in the mountains.
  • Mountain Bike (MTB) Tour along beautiful trails including bike hire.
Basically, if you love the outdoors, this trip will be ace (the poster also mentioned wine tasting.  No idea if this is an extra fee though).  Spots are going quickly, so I encourage  you to sign up today to enjoy mountains, sunshine, and more.  Get £75 discount on your registration to their five day run camp at the end of July using my code AMB19MOL.  Note, you will need to purchase your own flights.

Still in planning phase, but Valencia marathon is a top contender to keep me in shape during the autumn.  Price goes up 30 June, so I have time to decide.  In an ideal world, I will be running Tokyo Marathon in March 2020 which means Valencia would get me fitter and faster.  I then just need to keep it up until March 2020.  Easy, right?

Please let me know if you have any races you would recommend, no matter there they are.  I am always looking to explore the world in different ways.

*Thanks the organizers for a complimentary race entry.  #gifted
** These are affiliate relationships which cost you nothing additional for using my referral codes.  More info about these partnerships will be detailed in my blog post on Thursday.  

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