My First Marathon

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My First Marathon

Running my first marathon

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Proud to have inspired a new ...

I mentioned in a blog in April that, after supporting me train for and run the Marathon, my husband decided he might quite like to give a half marathon a go.  Well, fast forward 5 months, I’m proud to report – he has just completed his first – the Nike ...

2 weeks in...

2nd week of 5:2 diet complete.  In this time I have had 5 “fast” days, each which have consisted of a latte, mushroom soup, half a cucumber and either a tin of sweetcorn or 4 tomatoes. The remaining 11 days have been a mixture of dinners out, a few drin...

So far, so good!

I have completed week 1 of the 5:2 diet.  My two “fast” days consisted of a latte for breakfast, soup for lunch, and 4 tomatoes and a cucumber for dinner.  The rest of the week consisted of a kebab, a trip to Royal China for Dim Sum, a curry with work, ...

The 5:2 diet

I thought I would give the 5:2 (or fasting diet) a try to kick start some weightloss – I’m off on holiday in 5 weeks and am just about a stone heavier than I was this time last year – so it’s either lose a bit of weight, or buy a whole new holiday wardr...

11 months, 13 days, 17 hours...

Well for anyone who read my last post and is curious how my husband got on..... 2.12 miles in 14:45, average pace of 6:57. Wow! He’s already talking about going to get some new trainers and some tiny little running shorts a la Seb Coe in the ‘80s (He do...

The next challenge

Tonight I have sent my husband out for a 2 mile run at a “comfortably hard” pace, equipped with my Garmin, to get an idea of what pace and time he should be aiming for for the half-marathon.   I am unfortunately still in a lot of pain.  I’ve had a lette...

So now what...?

3 days after the marathon, my back has totally seized up, I can barely walk. I’m taking painkillers and have covered myself in deep heat.   My big toe nail is hanging on for dear life – it’s come away at the nail bed but still attached just about on the...

Wow what a weekend.

The following  post is my full race report – for those that have the time and inclination to read it! Be warned...it's long On Saturday, I got the DLR over to Greenwich, to time how long it would take me to get to the start line – it was a glorious day ...

I am a marathon runner

Charity registration fee: £50 Garmin watch: £200 Ipod shuffle: £40 Running Kit: £150 4 pairs of Asics trainers: £400 Lucozade and gels:£50 Last minute physio: £160 Emergency cortisone injection: £590   Money raised for Charity: >£1800   Running the L...

FInal preparations

Just putting the finishing touches to my ipod playlist, it has some absolute classics ranging from Def Leppard, to Pink, to Take That and even a couple of classic 80’s power ballads. Mostly they are songs that I enjoy listening to, give me tingles, or r...

Here we go...

I’ve been to the Expo - I’ve got my running number, tag and name on my top! It’s happening. I found the following clip on youtube when looking for motivational marathons clips.  It’s the entire marathon route sped up into 5 mins. I have watched it far ...

Cortisone - any thoughts please?

Like everyone else I’m shocked and appalled about recent events.  It really does put things into perspective and reminds you that no matter what your problems are, there are people far worse off than you. I tried my first gentle walk/jog in over a week ...

London's getting ready for us!

Today I walked over Tower Bridge and had a little cry. I have run across her many a time over the past 4 months, in the snow, wind, rain and hail.  Today the sun is shining but my knee is still strapped up and painful and I haven’t attempted a run since...

I might need that piggy back ...

Second visit to the physio and all is not good.  Definitely a problem with my knee, which has been taped and I’m under strict instruction NOT TO RUN on it until it stops hurting.  If it’s still hurting on Marathon day then I will be running on it regard...

Pain, pain, go away...

I am trying to stay out of panic mode. I brought my visit to the physio forward to Monday as I was still in pain over the weekend. She wasn’t too concerned about the pain in my leg/hip, thought that it was originating from my back, she gave me a little ...

Tower Bridge is waiting for y...

Final long run - 12 miles - of my training plan ticked off.  Just an 8 miler, a few 3’s and 4’s and then 26.2 marathon miles to the finish line.  I took advantage of the warmer weather on Saturday morning to try out my Brain Research Trust running vest,...

The Taper Blues..

Is there such a thing? If so I think i have it.  Not run for a couple of days as my lower back/hip is still a bit painful. I’ve been running 4, 5 or sometimes 6 days a week for the best part of 9 months now, so whenever I take more than 2 consecutive da...

A pain in the back

Yesterday I took advantage of it being bank holiday to do my 14 mile run.  I didn’t go out till almost 1pm simply because I was absolutely exhausted and couldn’t peel myself out of bed until midday! I must say, it was the hardest training run I’ve done ...

Have I done enough?

I must admit, my 20 mile run last weekend was a bit of anticlimax. I had spent the previous 8 days out of action then did two 5 milers on the Thursday and Friday. Saturday arrived and I just wanted to get the run out of the way, and as it was so snowy a...

A scary story

My marathon training journey has had a few ups and downs, but on the whole I have got through it with relative ease, certainly when I compare myself to those that have had to takes weeks off through illness and injury (with less than 4 weeks to go, I ho...

That. Was. Brutal

20.06 cold, snowy, windy miles completed in 3:28:14 Longest training run before marathon day, done.

Trainers are finally back on!

Another check up at the dentist yesterday confirmed that I am finally on the mend.  He confirmed that it’s ok to start running again, so I spent the afternoon deciding how best to get back on track with my training plan.  I’ve missed three 5 mile, one 6...

Still on the sofa

I think I'm a little naive. I thought my tooth troubles would be over the minute it was removed on friday. How wrong I was!!!!! Further to my last post, the anaesthetic wore off fully around 10pm on Friday night and I can report that since that point I ...

Progress!!

This place is rather cathartic, so forgive me for a rambling post.  I have FINALLY found someone willing and able to remove my tooth!  My previous NHS dentist wouldnt (couldnt) do it, then I was upset to be told by the dentist I’d booked into see this m...