Tim's countdown to the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon

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Tim's countdown to the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon

Tim Boswell's 15 week countdown to the Virgin Money London Marathon, with added support from the Run Warwick group.  

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Sunday 26th April - London Ca...

This was my fourth London marathon. On reflection, I think I've been guilty on (at least a couple of occasions) of letting the occasion pass me by in favour of chasing a particular finish time.  Fourth time lucky - this time I think I got it right. Ros ...

Saturday 25th April - Panic!

Tapering madness is a thing. Any ache, pain, niggle, soreness, cough, or splutter in the three weeks before the marathon is - at least in your mind - the end of everything. That's it.  Marathon over. Might as well go to an A&E and get that broken le...

Sunday 19th April - Que sera,...

It's been a case of keeping the legs ticking over this week - the second week of tapering. In previous years, I remember these few weeks seeming to go on forever. This time around, they're flying by! That doesn't exclude us from a spot of tapering madne...

Sunday 12th April - The Only ...

You know you're in a marathon frame of mind when you're glad your Sunday long run is 'only' twelve miles! After last week's 22 mile Sunday run, there's only one I've used to describe the state of my legs - battered! They were aching on Monday. Sore and ...

Saturday 11th April - Why?

The blog so far has been all about the training.  Well - training, the weather, Jelly Babies, injury, the weather, taping, hills, reps and the weather.  But mainly about training. Today's post is far more important than all that.  Even the weather.  I w...

Sunday 5th April - The Joker

Here it is then. The beginning of the end. Or is it just the end of the beginning?  I'm not sure. Whichever way, the final week of full marathon training started with sore legs. I guess that shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise, given last Sund...

Sunday 29th March - Hungry Li...

I've spent the week hungry. It's lasted pretty much from last Sunday afternoon, following the Warwick half marathon, all the way to Friday. Nothing really seems to have solved the problem issue. Porridge for breakfast?  Hungry by mid-morning. Risotto fo...

Sunday 22nd March - The Race

This week's running has been condensed into four days ... it's been another funny old week!  There were no major aches or pains from last Sunday's 21 miles, though that's not to say I wasn't glad of Monday's rest day!    Tuesday became something of an e...

Sunday 15th March - What's Ne...

A double week of blogging this time around - it's been a busy fortnight!  Let's start with week one ... a very good place to start. It was a comparatively easier week, so that meant an extra day's rest - what a treat! Which meant no running until Wednes...

Sunday 1st March - Baby I Lov...

We drove back from Brighton on Monday afternoon, after a morning of dodging showers and wondering just how many hundreds of tickets you need to collect before winning anything decent on Brighton Pier!  Thankfully I was feeling no ill effects from the Br...

Sunday 22nd February - Seasid...

This coming back from injury lark is a test of willpower and patience as much as it is a test of anything else. It's now three weeks since I skipped my first Sunday run, and while I'm keen not to fall behind, mileage wise, I'm acutely aware that doing t...

Sunday 15th February - On The...

It's been a week of progress. Very slow progress ... but any progress is good progress, right?! The soreness from last Sunday's run settled down through Monday - just in time for a visit to Paul Andrew at PAS Therapy in Coventry on Tuesday. It didn't ta...

Sunday 8th February - Sit Down

For a marathon training blog, this week's entry will contain very little marathon training! That's because the Achilles injury / soreness has persisted to the extent that it's felt safer to rest up than to make it any worse. As I said last week, it's re...

Sunday 1st February - Ice, Ic...

  There's been an icy theme to the week. If it's not been lying on the ground, it's been strapped to the back of my foot.     After last Sunday's 13 miles, things felt fine on Monday's rest day, and as far as I remember they did on Tuesday too. Possible...

Sunday 25th January - Let's G...

This week's training has two themes in common with last week's ...  1) Cold weather  2) GPS watch-based disappointment   The first session of the week came on Tuesday - the dreaded mile reps. One mile to warm up, then a mile run at a fast pace, recover ...

18th January - My Favorite Wa...

It's fair to say the weather's played its part in this week's training. But in the build up to a spring marathon, who'd have expected anything different? Part of the 'journey' (for want of a less cliched phrase), is starting out on cold January nights, ...

11th January - Hello, again, ...

Hello!  It’s been a while.  Getting on for three years since my last blog, in fact.  That was the 2012 London marathon – my best to date (and since!). So, why choose now to pick up pen and paper (or more accurately, put fingers to keyboard)?  Simple rea...