Shaun's journey to the Virgin London 2012 Marathon

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Shaun's journey to the Virgin London 2012 Marathon

A record of all my ups and downs in training for the big event - this is the culmination of two marathons that I ran in 2011 - Berlin and New York

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Sunday 22 April - WOW - & THANKS

Last Sunday after much excitement I made my way (together with my friend Zack) to Blackheath - I was well fuelled having eaten loads of Pasta, potatoes and rice and woken up to a bagel with loads of Cashew butter. When we got to London Bridge the excitm...

Last final run before the BIG...

This was quite an emotional run - was listening to the soldiers wives and Jerusalem - blimey it almost had me sobbing whilst running..... Sunday is just two days away - it has taken over 5 years to get a place in the London Marathon and now I am almost ...

Bloody Cold!!! - I am ready t...

This last week has been one of the most difficult in the training - I contracted a simple cold a few weeks ago and just can not shake it at all - GRRRRRR! Not fun - went to see the doc and she said it would be fine to run with - I will just have a very ...

What a RUN!!! The London 2012...

As I enter the taper phase of my training before the big day on 23 April, it is now getting to feel a bit wierd that I am not out running all the time - as they say this is the time for rest and building up those stores of Glycogen for the big race. On ...

The Wall?? What Wall? - A tri...

I love going to the seaside - and Dorset one of the most beautiful places in the UK - last week a friend, Zack put out an invite on Facebook for a training run on the beach. We worked out a route and I took the train to Poole on Friday night - at 6.45 o...

Conquering the Wall!!!!

Woke up at 6 am and had my energy runners breakfast (toasted bagel with lashings of peanut butter) then went back to bed and could not get up again. Grrrrrrrr! My bed was so comfy and warm. Anyway I eventually did get up and it was a gorgeous day out - ...

Second Last LOOOOONG run befo...

Woke up at 5am to have my 'runners' breakfast, a toasted bagel with lashings of peanut butter, a banana and water - these long runs are very hard to get motivated to do - however once I have taken the first few steps I am normally OK. I did 37.2km in 3h...

Sunday 4 March - Eastbourne H...

What a vile and awful thing to do - as I was unable to run the Silverstone Half due to travel comitments I opted for this this race - the weather was awful, lashing rain and near gale force winds - plus there was a mother of a hill at about 4 km - I cou...

Training in all sorts of Terain

Well the past few weeks have been really difficult as I had to cover very long distances and was unable to do this over weekend - due to travel and work commitments. So since my holiday (Cruise in the Carribean and Florida) I have been travelling in Nor...

On Holidays but still trainin...

The holidays began on 25 Jan with a flight from London to Frankfurt - I have managed much to my dismay to complete all that my training schedule demands - with the exeption of Saturday 4 February when I was meant to do 27km but only managed to do 14km -...

6 weeks into training 13 Week...

This week as not the best for training - there was a party on Tuesday night where I let my guard down and had a few sherbets - weight loss however is now at 9kg and counting and as I loose my performance improves. I also missed one of my cross training ...

Saturday Long Run - I am very...

The worst thing about training in the winter is having to get up early in the morrning when it is bloody freezing - this morning, although bitterly cold, was a beautiful crisp London morning - there was still frost on the cars and grass when I went out....

Visit to the Running Track

Today I did what was to be my 4th Visit to the track - I did 10 rounds (Plus 1) with a break in between each of 2 minutes - each round was not longer than 2 mins. Initially I thought this was going to be easy but each week as I add rotations of the trac...

Only 2 weeks in - it is Hard ...

With the weight loss (courtesy of Weight Watchers) I have found that the pain when doing a long run in my feet has almost disappeared - I suppose that the combination of taking Glucosamine and Magnesium has also had an affect on my increase effectivenes...

It has started

Well I was supposed to start on Monday but due to a late party night on Sunday (it really is not a good time of year to start) - I only started on Wednesday (yesterday) - Did my first 6 x 400m - at 2 min pace per 400 - then today I ran 7.15km in 40.39 m...

The start to a Long journey

Before I went to New York for the Marathon there I started on my Weight Watchers escapade - with the intention of loosing 12 Kg - I have since lost 6.2kg and continue loosing - my official training schedule for the London Marathon starts on Saturday com...