Can I do it ?? Only one way to find out

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my attempt to train for & then hopefully run 2012 London Marathon

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14 months later ......

& I am finally getting round to my final blog. It's taken so long for so many reasons. Disappointment mostly. i finished the Marathon. It took me 5 hours 10 minutes & 28 seconds. Hmm. Even now that time pains me. If anyone ever asks me I simply ...

the night before the night be...

well, we're nearly there We're off in the morning, straight to Expo then an afternoon of leisure in little old London village Haven't done a thing this week due to the knee & now my opposite ankle has joined the party too. Happy days. VKH reckons it...

April 14th

Well today I don't feel very calm at all. I'm scared, very scared.  I've re read my instructions, given up on the family ever reading the spectators instructions & am generally now entering the doubt period. I remember how I felt after my longest ru...

April 12th - nearly there !!!

knee still playing up as well as a new one - my right ankle. Also really suffering from sore shins & calves even on short runs. I'm sure poeple think I'm making it up but they are really sore. Anyway, I'm still loving this taper lark!!. Did 12 miles...

17 days to go

I'm loving the taper! I've decided to stick with the plan & as Paul Cook told me many moons ago it's 90% mental. Just knowing I was only going for 1hr 50 made a huge difference with an even paced run trotting up 11.25miles   I wasn't tempted to walk...

April 2nd

The knee has been up & down. It's not cured although a little easier and some runs I have made & others I haven't. Bad timing but nothing I can do about it now.   Since I last blogged I have done 5 runs. 3miles, 4 miles, 15 miles, 7 miles & ...

March 19th

So, I went to physio. Turns out my knee & thigh (hamstring) are fine but I have 2 problems. 1/ A weak core and 2/ A weakness in my left side caused by a nasty bout of sciatica a few years back. I also have tight quads, hamstrings, a hollow back &...;

March 11th-6 weeks to go

& I find myself injured. It's been brewing for a while then easing  but today I had to cut short my run. It's my left knee & the back of the left inner thigh.  I've been wearing a knee support  but it's the thigh pain which is causing me most tr...

February 26th

I missed my last long run due to be being on holiday & had hoped the rest would prove helpful. Wrong. Today's 3 hour run didn't go well in my mind ,  I walked a bit and I'm so angry with myself. It was hot, I'd had a rubbish nights sleep and it was ...

February 21st

well, I've had a week off the running. Spent half term in New York and although I packed my trainers I didnt put them on once ! Did plenty of walking & ate loads of junk food . Got back on Saturday & went for a quick 30 minute run on Sunday - my...

February 6th

In my rational mind training is going well. I did 16.25 miles in 2 hrs 40 on Sunday, this is bang on my original target time of 4 hrs 20 However, I am becoming obsessed with pace. I analyse every mile after a run and for example am not pleased with Sund...

January 12th

Well, I went for my gait analysis to Up and Running in Liverpool. I was very impressed with the knowledge and customer service there. I came away with  Brooks neutral shoe. It's too early to say if this will fix my foot problems but my new shoes are hal...

January 6th

I'm half way there !! Last Monday, I ran 13 miles in 2hrs 10 mins, not exactly fast but it was a bit hilly in places!!! It was tough at times, but, i got there and also importantly it was a daytime run. Yesterday's run was more like a steeplechase avoid...

Dec 29

well, I've run 12 miles, quite, no, exceptionally pleased!!! I've been  following the  marathon training plan  & was concerned about the jump from 75 minutes to 2 hours for the longest run, but decided as it was a proper training plan maybe there wa...

December 10th

Oh, it's been a month since my last blog ....... Nothing much has happened really, that's probably why I haven't updated. My training is exactly where my training plan tells me it should be, on my last longest run I did 7.25miles in 70 minutes - so buil...

November 9th

Not much to say really. I am now officially following a marathon training programme. That in itself is a bit scary. It's a bit weird in that it plods along nicely until Christmas Day when I jump from a 75 min run to a 2hour run. Needless to say I won't ...

November 2nd

  had this mug for my birthday last week - says it all really!!

October 22nd

Right then, 2 weeks since my last blog. I haven't missed any training sessions, so that's good. My fastest mile on my longest run has increased slightly to 9:17 &  my average pace has increased from 10min per mile 9:48 mins per mile. All going in th...

October 8th

So, the shock has subsided, accomodation booked & fee paid. Training has been going fine, I surprised myself by doing interval training & a 40 minute run in last weekends heatwave. Then I did 60 minutes in what felt like a hurricane on Thursday....

September 29th is not early O...

So, I came in from school as  usual. Picked up the post and sauntered into the kitchen. I saw a bill and a letter for the VKH and a London Marathon magazine. I didn't take much notice of it for a while. Then I opened it, it seemed to mention the word " ...

September 28th

Not got much to say really, did 55 minutes mostly green last Thursday, interval training Saturday and then skipped Sunday's 40 minute run. We'd been out Saturday, and for me it was a late one, I was quite sensible about my alcohol intake (unlike some!) ...

September 20th

Finally back in the trainers after Mr Wasp enforced a week off. I simply moved the schedule back a week so today was last Tuesday's scheduled run etc. 30 minutes blue - yippee! Actually it's harder than it sounds. It says to make it fun by taking a frie...

September 15th

I aways knew there would be set backs. Illness or injury or both. I didn't expect it to be quite so soon On Tuesday, in school I was stung by a wasp underneath my foot. The little bugger was in my shoe and when I tried to walk it stung me. Now, I can be...

Day 7

Firstly, thank you for reading. Please let me know what you think of both the blog and my running by commenting either on real buzz or via the facebook or twitter links. Today was a repeat run of last Sunday's disaster. What a difference a week makes. I...