Plodding towards the start line in 2016

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Plodding towards the start line in 2016

Hello and thanks for stopping by. It all began with a lovely letter rom the GP in January telling me that as I am now the wrong side of 40 I am entitled to a free health check. I went along and they did various tests, all of which were fine and I came away with the usual advice that my weight was a bit too high, nothing I didn't already know. But having lost my Dad to dementia two years ago and my Mum suffering a stroke at the same time, I was aware how quickly age creeps up and something clicked and I decided to sort things out.

I joined MyFitnessPal, bought myself a Fitbit, joined thee local gym and got started. I lost 2 stone over the next few months, completed C25K having never really run before and found a love for kettlebell classes too. Whie wwatching the marathon I decided to enter the ballot, I did the marathon 9 years ago but practically walked the whole thing, and have always wanted to have a go at training and doing it properly.

The aim was to build up to doing 10k before the ballot results came out but I had an ankle injury in July which put paid to doing any running over the summer, so when the lovely Bumblebee magazine arrived a couple of weeks ago there was a mix of excitement and nervous apprehension at the thought of what lay ahead.

I have decided to follow Galloways training plan, using a mix of running and walking. I have ordered his book but am waiting for postie to bring that to my door still. In my head I am aiming for sub 5 hours but there is a long way to go so we will see whether thats realisetic as time goes on.

In the meantime I have spent lots of time sorting out some other bits in readiness; I have ordered another pair of trainers - I had my gait analysed about 6 months ago and have managed to pick up another pair of trainers (same style but different colour) for half-price in the sale :) I have also spent time planning routes on MapMyRun.

Lastly I am still trying to choose between charities to support - I know it will be a cancer related one, one of my housemates from University has stage 4 lung cancer and my sister is currently undergoing tests for a suspected sarcoma. I need to decide whether to go for a big one like Cancer Resesarch or MacMillan or to support a local hospice. 

So, to the training - this week, which is week one of my training I have done 5km twice on the treadmill and this morning have done it on the roads. The treadmill ones were both approx 34 minutes, the roads was 31 minutes dead on, this included the walking breaks and confirmed walking breaks doesn't slow me down as before my ankle injury I did 5km in 30 minutes with no walking breaks. I have done it with 4 minutes running, 1 minute walking, but once i get the book I may need to adjust that. At this stage it seems crazy to me to imagine I can keep that up for 5 hours, but I'm sure if I trust in the system it will get me there! I've also done my kettlebell class on Monday.

Thank you for reading this mammoth post - I will try and update most days, if only so I can look back and see the progress I've made when things feel tough along the way :) 

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A blip in the journey

So, last time I posted I had just done 5 miles and was feeling pretty chuffed with myself. I then did my normal 30 minute midweek runs and after the second one I woke up the next day and could hardly put any weight on my ankle. I iced it and rested it b...

Another week under the belt

Week three: Done :) This week I did my usual kettlebells class and 2 x 30 minute runs during the week, the days had to be shifted as it was a busy week at work but I still squeezed them in. Both times were 2.8 miles. This morning I have done my long run...

This is for real now

So, week two is done, and I'm feeling really positive about it. I have paid my entrance fee this week and booked a hotel for the night before the marathon. Its one of the Holiday Inn ones, so includes breakfast and a coach to the start :) That makes me ...

Feeling good

So today was one of those manic days at work, nothing that I had planned to do got done, I came aay feeling like I could have stayed there another 3 hours and still not achieved what I wanted to get done today. My plan this morning was to go straight to...

Week two ...

Thank you for your comments - one week in and I'm still plodding on :) Today I have done my 30 minute run on the treadmill, I am used to doing most of it without stopping but am trying to get myself into the habit of adding in the walking bits. It felt ...

How it all started ....

Hello and thanks for stopping by. It all began with a lovely letter rom the GP in January telling me that as I am now the wrong side of 40 I am entitled to a free health check. I went along and they did various tests, all of which were fine and I c...