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I ran in the London Marathon in 2010 and I loved it, up until mile 26. Where I completely blanked and passed out on Birdcage walk - i don't remember anything apart from waking up in Thomas's and feeling completely heartbroken. I got discharged at about half past 7 and I went straight back to the spot I collapsed and finished the race. I still got my medal and a cheer from my family as I crossed the line but I have never felt so disapointed.

Last year I trained pretty well but I could have done it better. My nutrition could have been better too. I have since been slightly traumatised to run again but I completed a half marathon in October 2010 and it went very well, which was a huge boost. I got my ballot place in October and could not believe it. My chance to do it again and do it right.

And did it right I did. I trained hard, much harder than the year before and got a half marathon PB and finished London with a sprint and strong in 4:49. I could not have been happier.

I now am still running,  - hoping to crack the 4:30 barrier in Paris 2015. For now though enjoy my tales of running from a Barbie perspective - meaning, I like pink, have blonde hair and should never be underestimated.

Happy running xx

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Really enjoying the race reports from London and I have to say my day as a spectator was nearly (nearly) as exhilirating as running the thing - I would totally recommend it, it is so much fun. The day kind of started the evening before as the boyfriend ...

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Just reading a couple of Brighton marathon race reports and having such marathon envy I had to blog to blow out some of my frustration. Calm, George, calm. So I have done a couple of fairly uneventful runs over the past couple of weeks but what I have d...

Severe marathon envy

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Ain't no mountain high enough

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