Cardiff – Mae Hello’n Rhedeg: Caerdydd

Cardiff – Mae Hi'n Rhedeg: Caerdydd

Over the previous 15 months we’ve all acquired used to races being postponed; it’s develop into absolutely the norm. There’s a glimmer of hope that one thing would possibly go forward however because it will get nearer to the time the inevitable occurs.

This was the case for the Pegasus Vale of Glamorgan Extremely Marathon (VOGUM). It virtually regarded prefer it would possibly go forward however sadly Pegasus needed to make the choice with a number of weeks to go that it couldn’t go forward as deliberate and can be postponed till late August, when (hopefully!) occasions are in a position to go forward.

Inside She Runs: Cardiff there was fairly a big group of girls who had been getting ready to run the VOGUM. Coaching for an extremely isn’t any informal affair. Marathons had been run in preparation even. It’s one factor when your 10k race will get cancelled, it’s a wholly completely different story when your 40 mile race is pushed again 2 months! How do you reconcile all that effort you’ve put in? Do you retain coaching on the similar stage for an additional 2 months?

An intrepid group of 9 got here up with their very own resolution. They’d run their very own 40 mile race, and affectionately title it the FAUX-GUM. On the fifth June they set out brilliant and early from Ogmore and ran the 40 miles all the best way to Penylan Neighborhood Centre in Roath, Cardiff, the “unofficial dwelling” of SRC, to be greeted by household & buddies celebrating their achievement. To prime it off they raised a staggering £1,987 (to this point – donations are nonetheless open right here).

So what made them do it? What had been their motivations to run an extremely within the first place? Learn as they inform us in their very own phrases.

AMY

AMY
What was your motivation to enroll in an extremely?
In early 2020, I used to be on the lookout for my subsequent problem. I’d jeffed the Manchester marathon in 2019 and felt comfy on the finish (and walked midway by way of Manchester after the end to get the prepare dwelling!) and puzzled about Extremely marathons. The concept of a race that was about journey and endurance as an alternative of velocity was attention-grabbing however I used to be nonetheless nervous about coming into a race. Then in the middle of a few weeks I occurred to hearken to a podcast with Nicky Spinks, heard a radio  interview with Anna Mcnuff and one Sunday morning She Runs run, I ran with Bernadette Mccarthy who advised me all about Pegasus and the way she had run the VOGUM.  My thoughts was made up and I signed up that day. Having the ability to begin and end from dwelling, no minimize off instances and the promise of cake on the help stations sounded a good suggestion.I additionally spoke to Gruby and volunteered to man an help station at one other race so I might get an thought of what it could be like.Coaching was going properly till March when covid struck and the race was postponed till 2021.  Nevertheless, I used to be nonetheless eager to finish it and a number of other different She Runners signed up too.
What’s the furthest run you’d executed beforehand?
Earlier than signing up I’d accomplished a number of marathons. Throughout lockdown I accomplished a birthday extremely for Pegasus, a number of instances round Roath Park with a number of She Runners becoming a member of for a lap or two.Nevertheless throughout the coaching main as much as the VOGUM the longest distance I ran was 20 miles a few instances, one in all which was on path with a number of elevation. I additionally did a few recces of the Coastal Path, which I discovered actually useful on the day.
How did the coaching go?
Other than the false begin in 2020, the coaching in 2021 went properly. I signed up for a coach who despatched me weekly plans for my runs. Till the tip of March my longest runs had been 10-12 miles however I used to be build up endurance with interval coaching, again to again runs and power coaching.  Then from April, I elevated my future mileage, making an attempt to include path and elevation, additionally jeffing completely different intervals too.
4. What was the most effective factor in regards to the run?So many issues because it was an superior day! Beginning at Ogmore amongst the sheep, lambs and bunnies, the gorgeous views and exquisite shoreline, the sense of journey and freedom, the kindness of the help crews and everybody who got here to see us end. Most of all it was operating with 8 superb ladies who supported one another from begin to end. 
What was the toughest factor in regards to the run and the way did you get by way of it?
40 miles is a great distance and I believe all of us felt drained or discovered it powerful sooner or later throughout the run. The opposite runners had been actually supportive and constructive and family and friends who help us had been improbable in lifting everybody’s spirits. I additionally advocate having a cup of tea en route ( Thanks Gruby!)
Will you do one other?
Undoubtedly! I’ve swapped my entry to do the RIDDUM in September.

KATE

KATE M
What was your motivation to enroll in an extremely?
Ahhhh let’s simply say it didn’t take a lot encouragement from fellow SRC buddies… seems I’m a pushover!!
What’s the furthest run you’d executed beforehand?
I’ve executed a number of marathons within the final couple of years
How did the coaching go?
On the entire actually well- I very a lot loved exploring new path routes with others additionally coaching for extremely marathons. Becoming it round household life was just a little difficult, particularly because the mileage elevated. 
What was the most effective factor in regards to the run?
The corporate of the eight different women, the attractive surroundings, the overwhelming kindness and help and the wonderful sunshine! And the quite emotional end line!
What was the toughest factor in regards to the run and the way did you get by way of it?
Not attending to eat one in all Gruby’s superb brownies on the help cease she and her husband kindly manned for us on the outskirts of Barry! I’m breastfeeding my child daughter and he or she has numerous allergic reactions so I’ve been dairy free for a number of months: the brownies regarded unimaginable. Gruby and Mark has additionally purchased fruit: the mouthwatering watermelon and recent pineapple had been an absolute tonic to the bogus, candy gels!
Will you do one other?
Effectively there’s the precise race later this summer season however I can completely see why individuals get bitten by the extremely bug .

SAM

SAMANTHA
What was your motivation to enroll in an extremely?
If I’m trustworthy the principle cause I entered the VOGUM was that it was 40 miles and I turned 40 this yr so it appeared an effective way to rejoice. Most individuals have a celebration I needed to run an extremely! Additionally, Pegasus, who run the occasion, have an awesome ethos in that they don’t have minimize off instances. What might appear to be a very intimidating problem felt way more manageable realizing that there can be no sweeper behind me if I used to be struggling time sensible. Lastly, the race was native which meant that my household would be capable to be on the finish, which was actually vital to me.
What’s the furthest run you’d executed beforehand?
The furthest race I’d run previous to our FAUX-GUM was a half marathon, which simply appears bonkers on the floor of it. However get the fitting coaching plan and you are able to do something. 
How did the coaching go?
I actually loved the coaching. It meant that I went of exploring locations that I’d by no means have thought of earlier than because the distances I used to be operating in coaching meant that I might go additional afield. I should admit that throughout the last couple of weeks coaching once I was lowering my milage I actually missed these lengthy runs.
What was the most effective factor in regards to the run?
The help we had on the day was past what any of us might ever have imagined and completely made the day. The help from our She Runs Cardiff crew was phenomenal. They had been there prepared and ready with the whole lot we might have needed or didn’t know we needed – thanks for the ice lollies! We just about had somebody pop up each 5 miles to see if we needed water or haribo. With out the help we wouldn’t have been in a position to full the run.
What was the toughest factor in regards to the run and the way did you get by way of it?
This can be a little bit of an odd one, however I didn’t battle on the day in any respect. I had anticipated to ‘hit the wall’ bodily and mentally however felt alright all day. Clearly a food plan of cheese sandwiches and prepared salted crisps agrees with me! I used to be very fortunate to not get blisters in addition to I believe that might have made issues far tougher. 
Will you do one other?
Completely – simply don’t inform my husband but! He must recover from the coaching from the primary. Plus now we have the precise race in August as properly.

SIAN

SIAN
What was your motivation to enroll in an extremely?
I’m all the time on the lookout for a brand new problem and needed one thing to purpose for with my operating. An ultra-marathon is a field I by no means thought I’d tick off however I’m so pleased that I’ve! ?
What’s the furthest run you’d executed beforehand? 
A month earlier than the occasion I ran my first marathon (unplanned and solo!) as much as Caerphilly Fortress, again in direction of Pontypridd after which returning to Cardiff. That was an awesome sense of feat!
How did the coaching go? 
I didn’t actually have a coaching plan as such, I simply elevated the frequency of my runs and ensured that I did not less than two 10K plus runs per week. I additionally pressured myself to sluggish my tempo as I have a tendency to begin out too rapidly after which haven’t any vitality for longer distances! 
What was the most effective factor in regards to the run? 
I can’t actually pinpoint one favorite factor in regards to the run, it was an epic day in so some ways! However the factor that stood out for me was how a lot help we acquired all through the entire day, each step of the best way, from buddies, household and our prolonged She Runs household, it was massively heart-warming, and I can’t categorical how a lot it meant to us all. The surroundings was fairly good too! ?
What was the toughest factor in regards to the run and the way did you get by way of it?
The toughest side for me was operating with an harm, I actually wouldn’t advise it however I made certain I didn’t push myself too far and made contingency plans beforehand in case I wanted to faucet out at any level. Fortunately it didn’t affect an excessive amount of on the day and the continued help and encouragement stored me going.
Will you do one other?
I’m really doing the postponed VOGUM in August, so sure undoubtedly! I’m additionally tempted to enroll in one other subsequent yr…so watch this area!!

REBECCA

REBECCA
What was your motivation to enroll in an extremely?
Primarily as a result of my sister Kate signed up for it and I used to be nervous I’d get FOMO ??‍♀️ But additionally needed a problem to concentrate on to get by way of lockdown
What’s the furthest run you’d executed beforehand?
The furthest official race I’d executed beforehand was a half marathon. However we’d executed a marathon as a part of our extremely coaching.
How did the coaching go?
Nice! Truly actually loved it! Particularly the Sunday lengthy runs! Went on some pretty new routes and actually loved the chats with Kate and Alex. 
What was the most effective factor in regards to the run?
So many issues to select from but it surely’s going to should be the help we acquired – it was phenomenal!! Not simply from our households who had been superb, the help we had from the she runs group was unimaginable! So emotional once we arrived again in roath! Felt so privileged to be a part of it! ??
What was the toughest factor in regards to the run and the way did you get by way of it?
Getting the vitamin proper (which I didn’t!) I’m not the most effective at consuming / consuming on runs however managed okay on coaching runs. However on the day it was so heat I ended up consuming approach an excessive amount of and it resulted in me feeling sick from about mile 20. That made the remainder of the run actually powerful and I felt so annoyed with myself. Pep talks from my household and my fellow fauxgum runners acquired me by way of it. I don’t suppose I’d have completed it with out them!
Will you do one other?
Sure!! Deferred my official race entry to subsequent yr so stay up for doing all of it once more in 2022!! 

ELAINE

ELAINE
What was your motivation to enroll in an extremely?
I knew I’d NEVER do that alone – I do know full properly that I don’t have the psychological power for the lengthy coaching. So it was now or by no means once I knew that others had been signing up. 
What’s the furthest run you’d executed beforehand?
I’ve run three marathons previously (however the final one was 6 years in the past and the opposite two had been approach earlier than that).
How did the coaching go?
Blended. I had a number of niggles which utterly destroyed my confidence. However I completely cherished the coaching runs with the opposite women – simply great.
What was the most effective factor in regards to the run?
A hundred percent the help we acquired from our She Runs Cardiff household, buddies and the households of these operating. It was completely past something I might ever have imagined and I’ll by no means be capable to say thanks sufficient.
What was the toughest factor in regards to the run and the way did you get by way of it?
Some elements had been powerful however the cup of tea on the layby in Barry was simply the most effective choose me up ever! My ankle actually began to harm at Penarth however my daughter had joined us for the final six miles and I couldn’t let her down. The very fact that she made me run (shuffle!) the 0.1 miles alongside Richmond Highway in order that I used to be operating once I hit 40 miles was simply the most effective.
Will you do one other?
Not a lot selection if I would like my medal (unsure will probably be nearly as good as those Amy organized although?!). We go once more at August financial institution vacation and because it’s my birthday the following day I could even put on a celebration hat!

ALEX

ALEX
What was your motivation to enroll in an extremely?
I’m loopy! I like a problem and I’d all the time stated I’d do an extremely someday. What higher time to coach than throughout a pandemic. 
What’s the furthest run you’d executed beforehand?
Earlier than coaching for the occasion the furthest I’d run was a half marathon. My longest run earlier than the extremely was a 22 mile run. 
How did the coaching go?
Coaching was powerful. I printed out a coaching plan and caught it to my fridge however by week 3 I used to be already doing my very own factor! Extremely coaching turned me right into a morning runner. I loved our future adventures on a Sunday morning however I’d all the time be nervous the night time earlier than. Hilly routes turned the norm however I discovered it powerful to maintain up the momentum over many weeks. The perfect runs had been the runs with firm. 
What was the most effective factor in regards to the run?
That is the toughest query to reply as there have been so many greatest bits. I cherished the route that took us over cliffs, seashores and thru large fields. Most of all I cherished the corporate!
What was the toughest factor in regards to the run and the way did you get by way of it?
I discovered the center part exhausting between miles 20 and 30 once we ran by way of Barry. It felt even hotter than it had all day and there have been a number of street sections.  The superb firm of the women acquired me by way of the troublesome sections and realizing that we had been operating to lift cash for such a very good trigger – Kidney Wales. The truth that we had household and buddies ready for us at numerous factors to cheer us on was an enormous incentive- I’ll eternally be grateful! 
Will you do one other? 
By no means say by no means!

KATE & REBECCA

KATE J
What was your motivation to enroll in an extremely?
By lockdown my runs and been getting longer and I’d been having fun with operating for the sake of operating and never tempo.  After seeing some join, I knew I’d get FOMO if I didn’t as properly – and it appeared like an exquisite route. 
What’s the furthest you run you’d executed beforehand?
Earlier than coaching began I’d run a handful of half marathons.
How did the coaching go?
I really fairly loved the coaching – it wasn’t as intense as I believed it may be (though most of it was executed throughout lockdown when there wasn’t anything on!) and it was nice doing the longer runs wit Bex and Alex and exploring new areas. Particular point out additionally goes to Marie and Jane who helped me get off the bed for the early morning week runs ?
What was the most effective factor in regards to the run?
So many to select from however I’d should say the superb women that we ran with, some who I’d by no means met in actual life earlier than the day, it was so pretty to begin and end as a giant group and the encouragement was superb.  I can’t not point out the help we had alongside the route although as properly – the fabulous SRC women, family and friends that ensured we had all of the encouragement and provides we would have liked alongside the best way – we actually couldn’t have executed it with out them! 
What was the toughest factor in regards to the run and the way did you get by way of it?
I believe the toughest factor was the warmth as with typical Welsh climate not one of the coaching runs had been executed within the warmth.  Having help out alongside the route with chilly water, ice lollies and solar display actually helped – ice chilly water by no means tasted so good! (and a observe for anybody operating in warmth – don’t neglect to place solar tan lotion on the again of your knees!!). 
Will you do one other?
Sure!  It was such a tremendous day that I’ll undoubtedly do the true occasion – I’m simply deciding whether or not to do it in August or subsequent yr (however suppose I would find yourself doing each!).

SHARON

SHARON
What was your motivation to enroll in an extremely?
The primary motivation was the route, it simply regarded so fairly. However then additionally to see if I might, and the sense of feat. I all the time prefer to see if I can!
What’s the furthest run you’d executed beforehand?
26 miles once I accomplished the Digital London Marathon final October. I did that with out coaching and though powerful was achievable so figured if I can try this then with coaching I might absolutely do the 40 miles.
How did the coaching go?
I can’t comply with coaching plans, I run as a result of I get pleasure from it and the considered operating on a day once I don’t wish to as a result of a plan tells me to would by no means of labored, so the coaching was good and loved it because it didn’t really feel like a chore.
What was the most effective factor in regards to the run?
There’s simply so many issues. The surroundings and the route had been simply breath taking, particularly within the sunshine however in the end the opposite 8 women. It was such a pleasure and it was simply a lot enjoyable. Oh and the pineapple!!!!!! Courtesy of Gruby on the Barry checkpoint.. I had struggled to eat all day and I had one piece of pineapple and simply couldn’t cease consuming it, a particular should for the longer term!
What was the toughest factor in regards to the run and the way did you get by way of it?
The state my toes acquired in, within the first half. Fortunately Zoe was readily available to kind them out on the midway verify level, however the ache for the final 20 miles was powerful going. Additionally my incapacity to eat and the warmth on the day. 
Will you do one other?
Sure completely. In addition to the precise VOGUM now on the twenty eighth August I have already got the Race to the Stones on my checklist for subsequent yr after lacking out this yr. 

THE FINISH LINE!

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