If only Choo made running shoes!

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If only Choo made running shoes!

Although I have done lots of cycling & exercise classes over the years and tried to keep fit & healthy I never considered myself a runner. I always thought I could never do that & made excuses to not get out there & give it a go, or if I did give it a go, gave it up after 1 or 2 attempts saying "Oh its not for me"!

I have often watched the London & other running events on TV & always totally admired all those who take part and was in awe of their dedication. So after watching the 2013 London marathon from the cosy comfort of my bed supping tea & eating toast I finally decided to do something about it and so I entered the VLM ballot for 2014 for the first time.  4 friends also entered at the same time but out of the 5 of us I was the only one who was successful!! I must admit I nearly fell on the floor when I received my 'You're In' magazine. I had such a mixture of emotions, ranging from oh my god to total excitement and then the realisation of the training I have now got to put in.

On knowing that I was going to be running alone (well alongside the other 30000+) my husband (who has run in previous events) contacted various charities & secured a place with St Johns Ambulance.  So we will now be running together.  

Anyway I had a good pair of running shoes (from one of my previous failed attempts earlier in the year) & so my training began 3 weeks ago with the help & support of hubby. I started off with smaller runs with 'walk breaks' when I felt the need, building up the running times with fewer walks. I was totally elated a couple of weeks later when I ran for 2 miles without stopping yaaaaaay - I had never run for more than a couple of hundred yards before without feeling I needed to pause, so for me this really was some achievement!! And so the training has continued and again to my joy I completed a 4 mile run on Monday evening and will be out there this evening attempting my first 5 miler!!  

Although I am a total beginner & know it is going to be such hard work & dedication to reach these milestones I actually feel so much better for running and now thinking 'why the heck did I not take this up years ago'.   

I'm not silly enough to jump straight in at the deep end so hubby and myself have already put ourselves down for the Silverstone half marathon in March and also want to do a few 10ks prior to April.

So at the grand old age of 53 I will be running in my first full marathon and big thanks going to my hubby for his support so far and being there every step of the way. 

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Hi Buzzers, Hope you all had a fab weekend and training went well! I for one was still resting my poorly heel this weekend, it is slowly getting better, I was so tempted to go out for a little run yesterday but sense prevailed and so will keep off it fo...

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Good morning all, Well I am still on a complete high following the London Marathon and can't stop gazing at our medals!!!  I think we are going to get them mounted in a frame with a picture (or two) of the day. Trouble is I dont want to hand them over t...

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Hi everyone, I know its only been a couple of days but me & Mr Bevlar are already looking at our next challenge. One of these challenges is Brighton Marathon next April - advice from seasoned real buzzers - is this a great run to do?? :-) Thanks Bev

What an amazing weekend!!

Good morning everyone, Well I think I have finally come down from my marathon high long enough to get back on here!! As in my post title - what an AMAZING weekend!! It started off with a day trip on Friday to the EXPO to register & a quick look roun...

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Hi all, I thought after posting the photo of my running top I really should have the user name of BEVLAR. So bev1960 is no longer and from now on I shall be known as BEVLAR!!!!! Nice to meet you all :-)    

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Feel like Goldilocks!!  First top too small, second top too big, letters far too big for the white part on both tops!!  Third top & smaller letters ordered & fitted just right. So here it is - finally ready for the main event! London, Bevlar is ...

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Hi all, Congrats to everyone who ran in various events yesterday and made great times & nailed PBs. Sadly mine was not so good and made it across the finish line at 2:53, but hey at least I did finish. I was quite disappointed in my time but hubby a...

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