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24 years later here I am again...

Back in 1983 I'd been running for around 2 years following the worst introduction to marathon running ever!!

And I mean EVER I did the 1981 Pony British Marathon in Bolton in August - as a footballer I thought I was fit and did 3 (yes THREE) training runs the longest being 13 miles!

Come race day and full of confidence I set off with around 8,000 others on the long trak around Bolton.  First few miles were OK everyone was laughing and joking, then it began to go quiet and the jokes stopped...

By 10 miles I began to reralise I'd made a mistake, at 13 I knew I had to do it all again if I was going to finish.  I walked and jogged but mostly walked to the finish in 5 hours 5 minutes!

I decided to do it propeerly and joined my local club - Oldham & Royton Harriers and took advice of more experienced runners.  In less than a year they had me training properly and I went under 3 hours in the Piccadilly Marathon with 2 hrs 51:04.

Which brings me to the 1983 London Marathon which I ran in 2:50:25 and, the title of this blog, 24 years later I'm back for my second go at London!  I don't expect to beat my 1983 time but at almost 51 I'm looking to beat 3:30.  And you can read how I go about it!

I've decided to do the Marathon to raise funds for Cancer Research UK see my Justgiving page for the reason why.

http://www.justgiving.com/PeteWsLondonMarathon 

  

 

 

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Lesson learned!

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Easy night

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steady run...

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Well I'm rested for the long track session tomorrow but the weather forecast is cold wet and windy!! Ideal fro running round a track for 11 miles. Inspired after watching the Indoor Athletics today - the Brits did really well especial...

Two days rest...

Unintentionally I've had two days rest travelling with work and to see friends, so I've not run since Monday - not ideal marathon training but after Balckpool I'm feeling good and a couple of days off at this stage shouldn't affect me too much! ...

Speed work...

Not sure it was the right thing to do but I felt so good after yesterday's race that instead of just coaching the speed session tonight I ran it and enjoyed every minute! I did 2 miles steady to warm up and then some sprint drills - h...

Blackpool Half

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