VLM 2012 - my first marathon!

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VLM 2012 - my first marathon!

Training for my first Marathon - VLM 2012

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I completed VLM and feel very...

I’m alive!  I’m a marathoner!  Woo hoo! So yes, I completed the challenge, I ran the Virgin London Marathon 2012, and wow what an experience.  It’s taken a couple of days to just get my head around the whole day…think it’s only just sinking in.  So here...

Nerves are a jittering!

Less than two days to go and really starting to feel the nerves and excitement now. Went over to the expo this afternoon after a client meeting over in Stratford (yes location for the meeting was my choice as soon as I realised my client lives in Stratf...

It's the final count doooown....

OMG - can't believe it's this coming Sunday!!!!  First few days of this week it just didn't feel like it at all...but now starting to feel the nerves.  And just read up the race review from Craig of the RWs Asics team who did Paris on Sunday and reading...

Still tapering!

Another week on and can really tell we're halfway through the taper now - feels very weird running fewer miles after the previous month of monster training! Did 13 miles on Sunday and that felt fine - plan said to do 15 miles but due to visiting family ...

My how time flies...

Is it really a week since my last post already...cor.  Time really si flying...only just over 2 weeks to the big day..eek. So, how's it going?  Well, after Tuesday's run last week, I had to miss the Thursday run thanks to work commitments.  However I di...

Looking forward to the taper!...

Since my successful weekend run, I've been keen to see how I recovered from it and so went out for my scheduled Tuesday run yesterday as planned. The aim was to do 1M jog, then 4x 1M fast with .25M recovery jog, followed by 1M jog to finish.  I was work...

Happy days :)...

Wow where does time fly - didn't realise it was almost a week since my last post...and what a week...in a good way :). After my day in Edinburgh on Tuesday i moved my usual Tuesday run to Wednesday and ran 6.5 miles on way home...plan was to do 1M jog, ...

18 miles...check. Sore...che...

Hey all - hope you all had nice weekends! Since my last post I had quite a busy week last week, but seem to have pulled through in roughly one piece.  It was a busy week at work with one thing and another with lots of unexpected things coming up to help...

The need for speed....

Since my last post in Sunday I've been keen to see how my legs recover from my longest run to date and yesterday I was quite stiff to start with when I first got up.  Then loosened up as I started walking round and on my journey to work on the lovely Lo...

Nutrition, nutrition, nu...oo...

So after a week of running that was going well including the Friday 10 miler that went surprisingly ok, I found today's 16 mile run on the schedule didn't go quite to plan. The aim was to run 8M slow pace then 8M Half marathon pace.  By mile 11 I still ...

Keep on running!...Keep on Hi...

Hi all, another week almost over and I'm now starting to feel my bodies getting used to the longer miles each week.  Just completed an easy 10 miler and it's the best my legs have felt for ages!  woo hoo - and some great tunes on the ol' ipod helped...g...

Monster month has arrived!

Wowsers - just realised it's a week and a half since my last post - shows what a busy time it's been. So, how's it all going?  So far not toooo bad.  Managed the Easy 3 mile then 14 miler a week last Sunday as planned.  Aim was to do the 14 miles in 2h ...

Wo-man up!

Hoorah...thhe soreness and niggles in my ankles and foot are gradually fading.  I think the increased amount of stretching I'm doing is really helping now, thank goodness. Did the 5.75 mile session on Tuesday, which I think was a tempo session (still ge...

Yay!....zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

So, after 5 days of no running in order to rest my sore ankles and foot, I did a slow 3 miles yesterday to see how things felt, and yay I felt ok afterwards. So today I went ahead with my LSR.  The schedule said 13 miles slow, so seeing as I had missed ...

Ouchey...but hopefully on mend

Well, since my blog on Monday, amount of miles run = 0.  poo.  Tuesday I worked from home to rest my ankles, which are actually feeling fine now, but on walk to shop in the evening to get milk felt a slight sharp pain across bottom of my right foot. A b...

Skiing as strength training?...

Hi all, It's been a while since my last blog but I promise I have been keeping up with the training!  I've been on holiday from work for the last two weeks, the first week of which was a week away skiing in the Alps, which was great!  And I'm thinking m...

Wet, wet, wetty wet!

Did a slow 5 miles this morning on way to work, and was absolutely soaked by the time I got to work!  It was tipping it down with rain - only dry bit of me was inside my jacket...which worked yay! Trainers are soaked through so I'm now very thankful tha...

Running is addictive!

Hi all, OK, so I think now I can definitely be included in the category 'running bore'.  I'm finding the more I run the more addicted I become and can't wait for my next training run. I did my scheduled 6 mile run yesterday in the morning before work as...

8 miler success

Hey all - hope you all had a great weekend in the sunshine! So, I had planned to set out on Sunday to complete 7 miles as per the plan I'm following...and it actually turned into 8!  oops but yay . I met up with our friend Dave and ran a few laps of Vic...

The mileage is starting to in...

Just starting to feel the mileage adding up now.  Did my 4 miler on Tuesday as planned and felt pretty good, tool 44 mins - went out at lunch from work then straight back to eat my chilli (leftovers from the night before) while reading emails. Then yest...

Week 1 progress

Hi all.  Yesterday I completed week 1 of my 16 week training plan and feel pleased with myself.  Since my last blog I did another 3 miler Friday (which was slightly off the plan as my plan said do nothing for 3 days...weird.  Then yesterday I did the sc...

The fun of British weather in...

So week 1 of my 16 week training plan is going ok so far (I'm using the Runner's World sub 5 hour plan).  Since the weekend and Bank Holiday runs I did my 3 miler at lunchtime yesterday round Hyde Park between meetings at work, and it felt good.  But ho...

Happy New Year!

Hi all - the blog I wrote yesterday that wouldn't upload for some reason: Happy New Year all!  Hope you all had a fun festive season and managed to keep up with the training. After my last post I'm pleased to say I seem to be getting back into training ...

I'm back! And looking forwar...

Lordy!  What a few months it's been leading up to Christmas!  Can't believe my last post on here was the 18th Nov!!!  It's certainly been a crazy rest of November and December, with very little running thanks to a cold that took a month to shift and not...