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London Marathon 2016

After around 10 applications, I finally managed to secure a ballot place for 2016!  I have run the London Marathon once before in 2014 when I ran for RAFA and raised over £2000 but I was disappointed with my time of 5 hours 3 minutes and hope to improve on this next time.

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Deferred Entry

Hi all - Sadly today I took the decision to defer my entry to the London Marathon as my pain in the leg and hip has still not improved.   I've been limping on and off for the past 3 weeks now and have tried 3 short runs of just 2 miles each and am still...

Oh the Pain!

So it's been an interesting couple of weeks, most of it spent in pain in some form or another... Firstly the Bath Half Marathon was brilliant and I did manage to knock 4 minutes off my PB finishing in 2 hrs 4 minutes.  Thanks to Jim running with me I ra...

Off to the Bath Half

Hi All Just a quick post this morning before Jim, Caitlin and I head off to Bath for the Half Marathon tomorrow.  Unfortunately I've had to pay a couple visits to my fantastic osteopath Sally Blythe as firstly I had dreadful neck and shoulder ache a co...

Everything hurts!

I was advised by an experienced marathon runner from the Axe Valley Runners (who'll be completing her 25th marathon when she runs London this year), that to manage a marathon you ought to be able to do 13 miles by the end of January, 17 by the end of Fe...

Starting to get serious

Since my last blog I am pleased to report that I seem to have got on top of the blister problem.  After doing some research online and taking advice from here I have - a) Bought myself a pair of Ron Hill Twin Skin socks. b) Been rubbing my feet with su...

Training in full swing!

So since my last blog at the beginning of January things have been going pretty well on the training front.  The MyAsics training plan takes pride of place on the fridge and so far I've managed to stick to it.  It's a basic plan involving 3 runs a week ...

Mrs Bee is back for a 2nd att...

Hi everyone I've managed to secure a ballot place for 2016 after running the London Marathon in 2014 for the charity RAFA. I managed to raise just over £2000 for the charity RAFA but was disappointed with my time of 5hrs and 3 minutes.  When my magazine...

I DID IT!

So I've done it!  Yesterday I fulfilled a lifelong ambition to run the London Marathon and had an amazing (but difficult) experience.  I set off from Pen 9 and it took 18 minutes to cross the start line. Around mile 3, someone on the side of the road s...

On my way to London!

Morning everyone.  After waking at 6am I thought I may as well get up as there was very little chance of getting back to sleep with my head swimming with thoughts about the big day.  This will be my last blog post until I've finished the marathon as I'...

Nearly there!

With 10 days to go I'm nervous, excited, trying desperately not to catch any bugs or illnesses and avoiding injuries and accidents. I took the advice of people on here and only did 13.1 miles last Saturday instead of the planned 15.  I ran around the un...

Aching!

Well my plan to run two ten mile laps with different running friends worked a treat and I managed to do 21 miles last Saturday.  I felt pretty good and was really chuffed with myself.  I had 3 people accompanying me on the first lap and 3 different peop...

19 miles conquered!

Hi everyone, Well there were times back in January when I had terrible knee problems, that I wondered if I would ever get to the stage of running 19 miles.  But thanks to the support of my running pal Dave Russell I managed it last Saturday.  I have to ...

Longest run ever - again!

Hi all It's been a good couple of weeks.  Last Sunday I did the Bideford Half Marathon and got a PB in 2hrs 8 mins.  It was undulating for the first half along the road towards Torrington but the 2nd half back along the Tarka Trail was lovely and flat. ...

Longest run ever!

After the 12.5 mile run that I wrote about in my last blog, I was feeling a bit down in the dumps as I found it quite hard and was exhausted for a couple days after.  Since then, things have improved and I ran my furthest distance last Saturday morning...

Can I really do this?

Hi everyone, I had a good week last week despite having to dodge the wind and rain and managed 4 runs totalling 28 miles.  On Monday I went back to running club and did 5 miles, then Wednesday went out and did 6.4 miles on my own.  I was really annoyed...

Back in double figures !

Well after visits to the osteopath about my poorly knees, resting, icing, massaging etc etc I have managed an enjoyable 8 mile run last weekend and a not so enjoyable 10.5 mile run yesterday evening. Living in the south west, the weather has been atroci...

Mrs Bee is back on the road a...

  Firstly I must tell you all about a brilliant book I read in one day over Christmas called "Running Like a Girl" by Alexandra Heminsley.  It's all about Alex and how she got into marathon running with tips and guidance at the end.  It was really funny...

My first injury - HELP!

Oh dear... everything was going so well.... I ran a half marathon last September, was following my training plan religiously and ran 11.5 miles just before Christmas, survived a week of skiing without injury until..... On my return from the holiday I di...

Back from my hols and ready t...

Hi everyone I'm safely back from skiing in Tignes with no injuries thank goodness.  We had a brilliant time and enjoyed loads of snow and a great choice of ski runs.  I very rarely want to go back to the same place twice when I go on holiday but Tignes...

Off on my hols soon!

Hi everyone Sorry not to have updated for over 2 weeks, but just like everyone else at this time of year I've been busy with work, Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, writing cards, a little bit of housework etc....as well as trying to fit in running...

December already!?

Well I've had a good week both running and fundraising.  I've run 4 times, including a speed training session, sprinting along the seafront with the Wednesday running club group. It involved 8 repetitions of sprinting and then recovering for a couple m...

New Trainers!

It's been a busy couple of weeks with an average of around 20 miles each week spread over 3 runs.  Caitlin (my 16 year old daughter) decided she wants to get back into running and has joined me on a Saturday run, doing 5 miles of my 10 mile run.  We've ...

It's dark in the mornings!

Hi everyone - this week I did my first ever early morning run to see what it's like!  I set my alarm for 6am on Thursday morning and was out the door by about 6.20am.  I had prepared all my kit the night before and ate half a banana and had a small glas...

What a week!

The last week of half-term whizzed by mainly due to me having the cake sale on Thursday after school.  I made the majority of cakes but enlisted the help of my Mum who made nearly 100 and some Mums and colleagues from school.  In total we raised £159 wh...