Nigel Smale - Team Lucozade Sport

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Nigel Smale - Team Lucozade Sport

I'm delighted to be running this year's London Marathon as part of Team Lucozade Sport.

Running is fairly new to me - having discovered the sport just over a year ago.

For many years I joked that 'one day' I would find the energy, will power and determination to get up early and watch the Marathon on TV.

I never dreamed that I would have the ability, energy, passion and stamina to take part!

The training over the last couple of months has been a struggle, but I am determined that on April 13th 2008 I will complete the 26.2 miles...and live to tell the tale!

I've chosen to raise money for a local charity:

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Done and Dusted!

After months of training, and times where I thought I might not make it to the start line (let alone the finish line) I can't believe I have finally run the London Marathon! I managed it in 4 hours 18 and was absolutely thrilled wi...

Dunstretchin

I've just finished my last run before the big one. A quick 2 miles around the park, and just to help me along the heavens opened as I was halfway around. James rewarded me on my return with a handful of Malteesers. He is a fine fellow...

Reasons to be cheerful (Part 3)

Well it's nearly the Big Day. The day we've all been aiming for; training for! This tapering malarkey seems odd. Running less. I know it's the right thing to do, but I feel I should be out more often - making up for lost time. However...

My last long run before the B...

Yesterday was my last long run and I had been dreading it because of my worry about how Daphne might respond. Paul, my physio, very kindly offered to come along for moral support - or to shoot me if the pain was too much. I wore my su...

Another good run

Another sucessful run tonight. Managed 3 miles (the usual route over the new bridge) in about 25 minutes. I wore the 'wondergarment' again and had no problems with Daphne. I've stopped wearing the support during the day, now, just using it for ex...

Summer of Love

Well I'm really pleased with how things have been going over the last few days. Daphne seems to have settled down very nicely and my knee support has really helped. I wear it less during the day, now. I use it when driving, exercising and stretching an...

Another One Bites The Dust

Just managed another 3 miles, without any pain from Daph. The support seems to be doing its job! I found it a much easier run tonight (twice around the local park). The breathing seemed better - just like the old days. I won't run tomorro...

3 Painless Miles

Hooray! I managed to run for three miles this morning without any grief from Daphne. (If you don't know who she is you need to read yesterday's post). Anyway, I decided on a couple of laps around Ladies Mile, p...

Latest Update!

Firstly, I would like to apologise to all of you. I have realised just how grumpy I have been in recent posts, and I am very sorry. I started off this blog with a cheery heart and told you tales of remote control airoplanes, race trac...

The Long Good Friday (Revisited)

So, anyway... Went to see the physio again on Monday, after Sunday's disaster. More ultrasound, in an attempt to calm down the swelling/irritation. It just gets me thinking.... ....Just a few weeks ago I was ha...

The Long Good Friday

It's not been a great weekend for running. (Again...) I had hoped that some rest over the last week or so would help with my knee injury and that I would be able to get a longish (pain-free) run completed. However, it di...

Still tough going!

Went for my usual short run last night. 3 miles. As it was going to be my first run since the Bath Half that never was I had really hoped for a painless jog across town. It wasn't to be. It started off ok, but very quickly...

Simply the Best!

I've been following the clear instructions that my physio gave me. I've been stretching every night, concentrating on my ham strings and ITB. It seems to take up as much time as a run would, but without the buzz. I've also been splash...

The ides of March!

Just to prove that I did make it to Bath, even if my name never appears on the results list! I also remembered that Saturday was the ides of March, the day that Julius Caesar was murdered. Does that make me a geek? (Emi...

What have the Romans ever don...

Well, after all the build up and worry, I never took part in the Bath Half Marathon today! I have been seeing my physio every night for some intense work on this knee, both of us determined to get me through the 13 miles at Bath. But ...

More and more stretching!

Another visit to the physio tonight. A painful one. He seems to be concentrating more on my IT band, doing some more pretty hefty massaging along the full length of the leg. More ultrasound - a 20 minute session, which is very relaxin...

Born to run

I've been back to see the physio twice since my last post. I've had more ultrasound treatment and some serious, knuckle based, massage of my ITB. It seems that the damage may be soft tissue rather than bone bruising, so it should take less time t...

Not written off, just yet!

After the misery of Sunday I decided to go and see Paul, my physio, after school tonight. He concentrated on the area of bruising around the femur, which is caused by my ham strings being too tight, along with a little help from my IT...

13 painful miles!

Went for my long run today. My first one since seeing my physio on Wednesday. I managed to complete 13 miles, but my knee was not happy. It first began giving me jip at about mile 7. I turned around earlier than I had planned (as I'd ...

New Personal Best

Just been out for my evening run. My usual three miler. I managed to knock a wapping 6 seconds off my previous best time, which I was very pleased with. No problem from the knee tonight. But then, I haven't been suffering during the s...

Elvis has left the building

I've been thinking about this Bath Half Marathon that's coming up in just over a week. While I'm really looking forward to the challenge, and really hoping that my knee holds up, it made me realise that this will be the first race that I have run...

With a little help from my fr...

I went to see my physio, Paul Watson, tonight after work. I haven't been running since Sunday as I have been keen to rest my knee and wanted to seek professional advice before causing any more damage. It seems to be that I have some b...

On a lighter note

My new Adidas kit is fantastic. It was supplied by Team Lucozade Sport (thank you TLS) and is great. I tried it all on to be sure that it fitted comfortably. And then got carried away. I asked Becky to take a few photos, after having ...

13 miles....but only just!

I've been anxious all week, wondering how Sunday's long run would go. Last week was a disaster, having to walk home for 3 and a half miles after my right knee became too painful to carry on running. I'd taken it easy-ish this week, ha...