London Marathon 2014 - Mission to complete in under 4 hours.

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After running London last year I never really pushed myself to the absolute limit, my goal was to achieve a sub 4 hour time & this year I am more determined than ever. By the time I stand on the start line on 13th April 2014 I know that i'd have done everything possible to prepare for a sub 4 hour time.

This will probably be my last shot at this as I have always said that when I have completed three London Marathons then that's it, so I am hoping to go out with a sub 4 hour personal best..

This is my journey, & along with it will be some highs & lows but by sharing it with you I will hopefully draw on other peoples experiences.

I am running for Children with Cancer UK & I hope to raise as much as I can before the big day.

Let the hard work begin!!!

 

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BATTLING WEATHER, WET FEET & ...

Hi all, How has your weekend been? Today was The Great Eastern Run (GER) & I have been looking forward to this event for many weeks & trained in all weathers for this, but as I woke this morning I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The wind was...

WET & WINDY.

Hi all, Today was my last 13 mile run before the Great Eastern Run (GER) on Sunday 13th October. I have been carrying a slight hamstring/ligament strain in my left knee & was a little reluctant in going out today, especially with the nice weather we...

IT'S A JUGGLING ACT.

Hi all, How time flies.... I seems ages ago since Oggie's run & I finally had a moment to sit down & write a blog. So the kids are back at school & my youngest started full-time on Monday, which now gives me time to concentrate on my running...

YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'VE BEEN TAN...

Hi all, I have just finished my routine 10 miler & this is the first time I have just finished my run grabbed my phone & started writing this blog on my cool down.  As I write this I am dripping with sweat & am on my way home. What a great m...

ENTERED THE GREAT EASTERN RUN.

Hi all, I can sense the excitement on here as we all get ready for the great Oggie run next Sunday, what a great achievement by all involved to get this event up & running. I love reading all your blogs about how your training is going & how you...

NOT GOING TO PLAN.

Hi all, Hope you have all had a great weekend & are hitting your training targets or goals. I know some of you are off or have been on your holidays & have been training when you can. Great effort guys!!! Since my last blog on Friday I was still...

LIFES A BEACH.

Hi all, What a great family holiday & how time flies. I can't believe that it's over in a blink of an eye. But the memories i'll take back from this trip will live with me forever. Haven holiday's are all about the kids & boy did they love this ...

COUNTDOWN TO MY HOLIDAY & BEA...

Hi all, I hope you are all well? I have been reading your blogs over the week & you guys are smashing your training up & starting to peak at the right time. Your determination & self motivation is why you are a Realbuzzer. Well Done!!! Since...

I'm In!!!! London We Have Unf...

Hi all, HERE WE GO AGAIN!!! As you can see I have changed my blog title & am started all over again. The countdown is on to London 2014, in just over nine months time i'll be standing on the start line once again with over 35,000 people hoping to c...

THE WARM WEATHER, OGGIE'S RUN...

Hi all, Summer has definitely arrived over the past few weeks & it's a welcome return to hot & humid weather after such a long drawn out winter. The majority of people love this hot weather but i'm not an great lover it has to be said. As I work...

Setting PB's & My Boys Sports...

Hi all, Again apologies for not updating my blog, but I have been reading all about your great achievements & challenges. You are all amazing & your 'never say die' attitude is why you are part of the realbuzz family. I have been ticking over in...

IT'S BEEN A WHILE.

Hi all, How time flies, I have just realised that it's been over a month since my last blog......sorry guys. No excuses. I have loved reading all your blogs & keeping up with the Realbuzz family & offering my encouragement when needed, it's grea...

LONDON 2013........MISSION AC...

Hi all, This arrived in the post this morning. It was brought for me by my parents as a birthday present. This is going proudly on the wall next to my other accomplishment back in 2011. Felt emotional when I opened this, as it hit home just how much ha...

100 MILES A MONTH

Hi all, Sorry I haven't updated my blog for a while, but work & family life has been full on since London. Anyway I have been keeping an eye on all your blogs & leaving you all encouraging comments over the past few weeks. Most of you have set y...

MY ENTRY FOR LONDON 2014 IS I...

Hi all, This is the first blog I have ever wrote using my mobile, so I apologise now if this doesn't make sense.  Just a quick blog whilst grabbing my lunch break. I managed to enter the ballot for next years London Marathon, I made sure I registered be...

WHAT AN AMAZING DAY...ENDING ...

Hi all, I didn't know how to title my last marathon blog & I think this sums it up for all of us. We all set out with one goal & that was to complete the Virgin London Marathon 2013 with a medal around our neck & be called a 'marathon runner...

THE LONG JOURNEY IS COMING TO...

Hi all, I can't believe in 4 days time this amazing journey will be over. With 9 hard months of training in all weathers (mainly snow) the end is in sight. Today was my last run before Sunday & I felt quite emotional. I'm not usually an emotional gu...

TRAGEDY AT THE BOSTON MARATHON.

Hi all, I have just turned on Sky News to see their breaking news headline, that there have been two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marthon. The death toll is rising & the injury list is ever growing. As I watch the scenes over & ov...

BIRTHDAY RUN

Hi all. I had a great morning with the family as I was greeted with a pile of presents & cards from my two young boys. They both helped make me breakfast in bed & I loved spending the morning with them. I managed to fit in a 7 mile run this mor...

THE SUN HAS GOT IT'S HAT ON H...

Hi all, With only 11 days to go until we all head to London to have a little jog around the city, the excitment & nerves are starting to build. My taper isn't going exactly to plan, but then neither did my training. I am trying to get smaller runs ...

FEELS LIKE I'M RUNNING ON AIR.

Hi all, After a successful 20 mile run on Sunday it was back to work on Monday morning, as it was Bank Holiday we were open all day so no chance of a sit down or long break. I was feeling it in my quads as the day went on & after a 14 hour shift my ...

AFTER A LONG JOURNEY I HAVE 2...

Hi all, What a rollercoaster the last 9 months have been, since I got the call way back in August from 'Children with Cancer' saying that they would like me to run for them, I could never of imagined of how many highs & lows I could go through. From...

IS IT A BIRD,IS IT A PLANE,NO...

Hi all, With only 24 days left until the biggest day of our lives (apart from getting married, having two children etc) we are all stepping up our miles in preparation for the taper. As my training has been going better than expected over the past few w...

SNOW, CRAMP AND FORREST GUMP.

Hi all, Since my last blog last Wednesday I haven't managed much training. I was meant to go out for my routine 10 miler on Sunday but this never happened, as I was just about to step out the door the phone rang (at 8.00 am on a Sunday morning, you know...