Aftermath

Aftermath

The body I had an awful nights sleep after the marathon. I would have thought I would have been so tired that I would have surfaced sometime in July. I did manage about an hours worth but then tossed and turned for the rest of the night. I managed to get away with...

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Marathon Day

Marathon Day

Before I thought I would wait a few days before writing up this entry to get a more rounded perspective of what actually happened on Sunday. My initial feelings on the day were not what I had thought they would be. To be honest, I was a little disappointed in the...

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Only one thing left to do now

Only one thing left to do now

Weather Stalking the weather started a few weeks ago with regular checking of unreliable long-range forecasts. This week, every available meteorological website was scrutinized almost hourly to see whether next Sunday was going be kind to 36,000 runners and hundreds...

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Seven days to go

Seven days to go

Now that the longest run is out the way and the marathon itself is only days away, it is time to taper. This basically means that you put your feet up and eat pies. Well, actually it doesn’t mean that at all, but it is a time of rest and recovery. Eating sensibly to...

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Sick Mick

Sick Mick

I mentioned in my last entry about the useful attributes of having a distraction to take your mind off a niggle here or tweak there. However there is nothing quite as distracting to one’s marathon preparations as a stomach bug that produces entertainment at both ends....

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FUNdraisers and Inspirators

FUNdraisers and Inspirators

Quiz Night As the week progressed, the teams for the quiz night increased in numbers, the questions were formulated into a series of brain-bashing rounds, raffle prizes were flooding in and we were all set for a fun, money-making extravaganza. Over 100 people turned...

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Drink, drink and then drink some more

Drink, drink and then drink some more

Water Apparently the human brain is made up of approximately 76% water, mine is probably closer to 100% as I still have this inability to put enough of the clear stuff in my system to get the rest of me hydrated.  It is not that we are short of water in this country,...

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I can pee a rainbow

I can pee a rainbow

Hills The last thing you need after scoffing loads of cakes at charity cake sale is another evening of ‘hills’ down by the Abbey, but that was the most useful exercise on offer that evening at Striders. There were a lot more people this week eager to grunt and groan...

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Aches, Lakes and Cakes

Aches, Lakes and Cakes

Aches Showers for the next couple of days were not for the faint hearted. The anticipation from when the hot water hit the skin to when the pain kicked in was almost more unbearable than the pain itself. Outside the hot water issue, I had to think about continuing the...

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Muddy, Bloody, Floody Hell

Muddy, Bloody, Floody Hell

Remembering I cast my mind back to the days following the St Albans Half Marathon 10 years ago where I recall that stairs were particularly difficult to negotiate. So I am pleased that the days following a 14 mile run were pretty much ache free. I’m sure this is...

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12 weeks a slave (to running)

12 weeks a slave (to running)

Getting out Not wanting to tempt fate by mentioning this, but the weather systems conspired to bring another fine day for a long run. Sue was playing netball in Stanborough, which gave a perfect excuse for a more interesting linear run. I checked on-line maps to see...

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Core blimey

Core blimey

Spa-ing It was only the second day of 2014 and we were on our way to Nirvana Spa with four friends for a complete veg out after a manic Christmas and New Year. A brief spell in the gym, was complimented by a blasting session on all those worked muscles in the...

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Resistance was Futile

Resistance was Futile

Christmas offers such big temptations for mass body abuse, more than any other time of the year. Mince pies, boxes of chocolates, plates of turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding, wine and beer, the list is relentless. I resisted so well up until the eve of...

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Groundhog day

Groundhog day

It was beginning to feel like Groundhog Day with the continuing saga of my shoulder complaint. Fortunately, after another intense physio session had been applied to the offending area, the instant relief tandem-ed with a recommended reduction in training this week...

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Take a plastic bag with you just in case

Take a plastic bag with you just in case

Huge relief as my shoulder was massaged into submission on the Monday to give a fuller range of movement that I hadn’t experienced for a few days. It was also good to get a good long sleep that night, knowing the dreaded threshold runs were the next day. I took...

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Cold Shoulder

Cold Shoulder

Cold Shoulder Once I have taken all the bitching out about a frozen shoulder that has given me sleepless nights and various other levels of jip this week, I thought there would be very little left to report. I left the Gym session out this week citing it as the...

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Day by Day

Day by Day

For this week only I thought I would break down the new schedule day by day Day 1 – Rest Day Scraping the ice off the car windscreen more regularly brings home the reality of the impending cold months ahead. Although I do think I can take on a lot of the evening runs...

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Week of pain

Week of pain

Pain level 1 No pain, no gain! How many times have you heard that and wanted to punch the person expelling it from their lips? Well let me tell you about my week of pain without even putting by running shoes on. Whether it was a combination of my first threshold run...

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Heart Runners’ Training Day

Heart Runners’ Training Day

I was running out of photos for my blog entries. So on Thursday and took my Ixus and a baby tripod to catch some action during an interval run. Unlike my 650D, the Ixus only takes one image on a delay setting. So it wasn’t surprising that almost half the pictures I...

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Injury, Enemies and Something Gross

Injury, Enemies and Something Gross

I did have every intention of doing some running while I was on holiday, however it is surprisingly easy to ignore hotel treadmills while way from home. As for running outside, any one who has been to South East Asia will know that every square inch of land is either...

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Ballot

Ballot

A flurry of emails started coming in from charities jostling for runners undecided on their fund raising exploits if they are 'lucky' enough to get an entry through the ballot. I arrived home one evening to a package from Virgin Money with my consolation rain jacket...

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Funding, Fun Run and Flies

Funding, Fun Run and Flies

Ideas for fund raising. Apart from the fiver I found at the beginning, I need to get fundraising. I want to maximise my efforts to get over the £2000 I have pledged to earn by doing some pre-marathon events. Selling Rocky Road and other cakes at work is a given, maybe...

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Pilates, Photos and Paella

Pilates, Photos and Paella

Sick of  Pilates. To compliment the long runs on Sundays some schedules suggested a rest day on Mondays, with Yoga or Pilates as a possible fill in.  Core strengthening has been on my agenda for a while and Pilates would help me out there. Conveniently, a Pilates...

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Run, run and run some more

Run, run and run some more

Training schedule. I need to knuckle down and get myself a training schedule to follow. At first look, the BHF beginners schedule looked a bit brutal for me, especially in the dark cold of winter (I may need to grow a pair). Further searching for a more gentle...

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33 weeks to go

33 weeks to go

The countdown has begun. This is a good opportunity to finally sort out my website and start a blog to chart my trials and tribulations as I work towards this my goal next April. First thing I needed on my blog was a countdown, thanks to Wordpress there is now one at...

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London Marathon 2014 – I’m in!

London Marathon 2014 – I’m in!

Why the London Marathon? I have never had any intention of ever doing a marathon, especially with memories of the St Albans Half Marathon ten years ago, when I couldn't walk properly for a week and I didn't get back into running for at least another 3 months. Many...

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