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My countdown to the 2010 London Marathon ... my first-ever marathon !  Running for Macmillan Cancer Support.  Please sponsor me at www.virginmoneygiving.com/timboswell

 

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And now ... the end is near

... and I promise this’ll be neither a Jerry Springer-style monologue, nor an Oscars-style blub-fest. As for the people to thank ... well there are loads.  Firstly, thanks to everyone who’s sponsored me – at the time of writing I’m nearing £650 for Macm...

Stats and maps

So, in all its glory - the story of my Virgin London Marathon. Firstly, the 5k splits ... Secondly, the mile splits, which add up to more than 26.2 miles due to the GPS margin of error, and sometimes taking a wider line around corners on the course ......

The aftermath

I think I’ve got a couple of blogs left before closing this particular chapter.  Firstly, what happened after the race, and secondly the stats from the day itself. Once crossing the finishing line, you walk up a small ramp to have your timing chip remov...

The Virgin London Marathon

It took a minute and 40 seconds to cross the line.  People shouted “good luck” and we were away.  And straight away there were supporters.  Plenty within the first few hundred metres, then only a few at a time, but still there were people out on the str...

Warm up / chuck down

I slept better than expected, but was still pretty much awake by the time the alarm went off at 5.30am.  I was banking on eating by 6am, ready to leave the hotel by 7.30am.  This all went to plan – and the hotel staff were as good as their word in servi...

Marathon eve

The taxi arrived a little early, so I was at Warwick station early enough to catch a train shortly before 1230 - slightly earlier than planned.  This was good news as it only stopped at Leamington, Banbury and Bicester North en route to London Marylebon...

1 day to go : Can't believe ...

Ok, so this is the last time before Monday that I'll have access to a full proper keyboard, so anything else over the weekend will take ages as I'm really slow on my phone keyboard ! I'm going from feeling excited, to nervous, to bloated and back to exc...

2 days to go : Carbo-charged

A quiet day today, essentially comprised of working and eating. I've been gently ramping up the carbs this week, and, as you'd expect, reading up on lots of different theories surrounding carb-loading.  It's fair to say no-one's really agreed on what's ...

3 days to go : 'Letters' hope...

It's still a bit weird to think that the next time I'll do any running will be at the London Marathon.  Wow ! Having picked up my number yesterday, I decided today was the day to get named !  To briefly recap my previous disaster - I tried to iron my na...

4 days to go : Expo !

Am not long back from the Marathon Expo at Excel.  Now I know people running the Marathon on Sunday will know exactly what I'm talking about, but for the benefit of those who aren't, here's what it's all about. Expo is basically a giant running exhibiti...

5 days to go : systems check

Quick update .. cough - pretty much gone ... funny outside of foot thing ... gone ... achilles ... tiny bit sore but ok ... So - everything I've been reading about 'phantom' niggles is true ! But something that most certainly isn't phantom is my new bli...

6 days to go : Whose law is t...

So come on then, how do you work this one out ?  I spent virtually no time on my feet yesterday.  In fact (see yesterday's blog), I spent most of the afternoon and evening horizontal. So how come I woke up this morning with a sore achilles ?  How does t...

7 days to go : Butterflies

I had proper butterflies this morning.  At 9.45, I was still in bed (well I am tapering !), and just the thought of being at the start line in exactly a week's time was enough to get the nerves going.  No running today, and I've used the time to make my...

8 days to go : The Spirit of ...

Well the sore throat's still here, and the foot pain warranted a bit of icing when I got back from today's run.  Just the three fairly steady miles today and once again it was lovely and warm.  What’s frustrating about the sore throat is that I think I’...

9 days to go : a test of will...

Now here's a test of willpower.  A lunchtime pint for Vic's birthday at work.  Mixed news here -- I ended up having a pint and a half, but only of lime and lemonade.  I've not gone the whole hog by not drinking at all in this marathon build-up, but the ...

10 days to go: Keeping postie...

Three things came in the post today, and every one of them was marathon-related. Firstly, there was some info from Virgin Money, who I got my place through, and a couple of passes to a post-race reception they're hosting.  Secondly, from Macmillan, the ...

Forgot to tell you ...

... that the marathon participants' "bible" has finally arrived ! This is the legendary 'Marathon News'.  It's where you find everything you ever wanted to know about how to go about running the London marathon.  There are instructions on how to get yo...

Taper - week 1

Last week was the first of three taper weeks in the run-up to the marathon.  The mileage was supposed to be 29 for the week, but as previously written about - it ended up longer than expected !  So week 1 of the taper was one of six training weeks with ...

Regency Run 10k

Races are good fun.  The chance to run with other people, the chance to lap up people's generous support, the goody bag at the end, seeing your name in amongst the results online.  They all contribute to the anticipation.  However (and I totally underst...

Tracing the Marathon's Millions

There was an interesting documentary on TV last night about how much money raised by the London Marathon actually goes to charities.  It specifically concentrated on the money filtered down to to the London Marathon Charitable Trust once the operating c...

7 half marathons in 7 weeks !

The training plan for today said to run 12 miles, but I wanted to add another mile so that I could claim to have run seven half marathons in seven weeks.  The seven weeks started at the end of February, since when the long runs (normally on a Friday), h...

42 mile week done. Taper tim...

Well the taper down to race day is officially underway, though I have to say this week so far doesn't feel much different at all ! After Saturday's 20 miler, things didn't feel too bad.  A little sore in the usual places (knees and achilles), but not ne...
This was it then.  Then run (well, except for the marathon), that's been looming over the training plan since I started in mid-January.  20 miles prescribed by Hal Higdon, though I've been adding a couple of miles onto each recommended long run so I cou...
I've totted up March's mileage and it's fair to say that if a year ago you'd told me I would ever run 150 miles in a month I'd have thought you were April fooling me.  But I've checked, double checked and even used my toes and it's true.  150 miles !  W...