I made it! Despite a knee injury, a sudden influx of blisters a few weeks back, and only having run 18 miles in training…. 2 months ago (timing has never been my strong point) …. I can finally say what I was seriously doubting I’d ever be able to – I ran the London marathon! I got round the course in 4.47.32. And while I’m not going to be setting any world records any time soon, that was good enough for me. Here’s what I learned about getting through 26.2 miles in one piece….
Novelty jumpers, fake snow and the (Christmas) tree pose. It can only be one thing – a Christmas yoga party!
Advent is here, which means it’s officially OK to play The Pogues on the radio, drink only liquids that have been mulled*, and get planning those Christmas parties. But in amongst the obligatory work bashes and get-togethers with your friends, make sure you get to one of these workout parties if you’re in the capital. London’s fitness scene has never come over so festive.
After something a bit unusual to do this weekend? I’ve got you covered. How about running a 10k blindfolded? Yup, this Sunday Queen Elizabeth Park in London will play host to the UK’s first ever event of its kind. Carnage. Brilliant, hilarious, carnage.
If you follow Fitphernalia on Twitter, you’ll have seen on Wednesday I announced the launch of Summer of Sweat – a series of heavily discounted pop-up fitness classes in London, courtesy of the ladies behind Lunges & Lycra. (If you don’t follow Fitphernalia on Twitter then lesson learnt. Get on it – @fitphernalia).
It’s payday people! If you’re in the market for a purchase or three, then head to fashercise.com – the brand new high-fash fitness shopping site, which held its official launch party last night. It’s the place to go for a serious treat (or happen to leave up on your screen when it’s your birthday), as it stocks the hottest high-end brands, from Charli Cohen to Monreal London.
For some months I have been harbouring a secret. I’ve been scared to utter it out loud because I know it will cause no end of pain, anguish and tears. (Mine). To quote that great 21st century philosopher Mel C: ‘Things will never be the same again.’ Or at least not for a few months.
But I can’t live a lie anymore. So here it is. My secret. In 292 days I will be running the London Marathon.