The summer solstice has been and gone, which means we’re just about halfway through the year. For those who took up running as part of a New Year’s resolution and have stuck with it; congratulations for getting this far – it’s a great achievement!
In this, the latest in our series of goats on the run articles, we’re once again shining the spotlight on the achievements of a handful of Goats who’ve recently caught our eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Strava channels.
Running achievements are not all about race results. Sometimes they can be a run where everything went well; or where you got to the finish despite feeling rubbish; or ran a new distance or route.
Or, as in Ben’s case, they could be other goals, such as ticking an item off the bucket list. In his own words:
“Absolute worldie of a run on hols in Rome tonight and one ticked right off the bucket list. Tried a number of goat salute combos at various sights, so I’m sure I nailed it on one of them.
Bloody hell it it was hot though. 30 degrees…
Massively worth it. Just stunning. Ciao!”
A succesful event can make you feel great about your running, and Chris looks to have had such a run at the Torbay Half Marathon.
He ran the event on the English Riviera for the first time last year, clocking a 2:08 finish. He returned this year and is buzzing after he smashed this time, running his first sub-2 hour half marathon.
There were other Goats in attendance and Chris wrote:
“High fives and goat waves to the many goats running today, but I have to give a special big shout out to my Wadebridge purple Goat who I was chatting to at the start and on the way round. I hope you got your 2:10 and enjoyed it as much as I did.”
One of the other Goats at the Torbay Half Marathon was Graham. He also had a great run, and wrote this about the experience:
“Having taken up running late last year after decades of extreme drinking and smoking (I drink ‘moderately’ these days!), I thought in January I would see if I could crack a half marathon by the end of the year. I managed my first one six weeks later in March and have done a few since.
Sunday just gone, I did the Torbay Half Marathon. I have been a Goat a while now, but I’ve got to say the encouragement from the fellow Goats I got before, during and after was the best!
I stopped suddenly at about mile 9 with the worst stitch/cramp ever and stood by the side desperately trying to sort it out for a few minutes. I then managed to go, stop, go, stop and then picked it up again.
Thanks to Jay, the yellow Goat, for the encouragement as he went past; it inspired me to finish. I decided to overtake everyone as they had just done to me, and did my fastest km splits in the remaining distance. I got home in 1:46’58 and had a sort of half-decent photo of me at the end to boot. I put it down to Goat Power! Not bad for a 52 year old.
Never quit and never think you’re too old… I certainly don’t.”
When unexpected circumstances force you to reassess your event goals, it can offer an opportunity to approach things differently – and you may end up getting more out of it than you planned.
Phil was trying to shake a nasty cold, so knew he was likely to run his slowest ever 10K recently. By not chasing a time, he was able to help out a fellow runner who was struggling. As Phil says:
“Had my slowest ever 10K today and by choice, as I knew I’d be slow as I’m still trying to shake a nasty cold off. But when you see a fellow runner having a worse time behind you about 2K in, some would go on. I thought ‘no’, so I stayed and ran with them giving encouragement and company, and I’ve had the most enjoyable run/plod for ages, chatting.
We crossed the line joint last but we finished and got the same medal as front runners. I love being a Goat.”
(Phil is pictured in the photo at the top of the page, stood on the left, alongside Ray Graham, Benjamin Pantling, Jacqui Ives and Sarah Richbell)
What do you do if you’re following a training plan, but also have a holiday coming up? The answer is entirely up to you. You can either take a break, or carry on running.
Sarah opted for the latter – even though it meant running in the Texas sun – completing Couch to 5K in the process. Sarah wrote:
“I did it!
I completed C25K whilst on holiday in Texas!
Man it’s hot and sticky and I’ve eaten way too much junk and drank way too many glasses of wine, but it’s done!
8 weeks ago I couldn’t run for 1 minute! Very happy me!
The question is… now what?”
Here’s a reminder from Kaz to reflect on your achievements…
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From couch to 24 hour race & over 50 km for #transformationtuesday today! . This time last year I hadn't got together enough courage to go to parkrun . I am so happy how far I have come in a year. I am still setting sky high goals for myself… . Photo ? : @digifire_photography @styledbytikiboo ? #styledbytikiboo #tikicomp . #lonelygoatrc #lonelygoatrunningclub #50km #24hourrace #brooksrunning #runhappy #running #runner #runspiration #slowrunner #runningcommunity #runnerscommunity #womensrunning #womensrunningcommunity #runlikeagirl #runnergirl #thisgirlcanrun #runningmum #ukrunchat #runchat #runningmakesmehappy #runrunrun #gorun #ukrunclub #runningmotivation #runmotivation #happyrunning
Until next time
That’s it for this edition of goats on the run. Congratulations to all the runners mentioned, plus all those we missed. As always, if you’ve achieved something in your running that you’re particularly proud of – completing an event or otherwise – feel free to let us know about it in the Facebook Chat Group or use the #lonelygoatrc and #lonelygoatrunningclub hashtags on Instagram.