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MARATHON TRAINING DIARY: HOW TO SURVIVE RACE DAY

Marathon photo

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….

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THE UK’S FIRST BLINDFOLD RUN (YES, REALLY!)

Blindfold run

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.

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HOW TO… RUN A PB

‘Slow and steady wins the race’ – a lovely sentiment for life, nonsense when it comes to actually competing in an event. What you need then is SPEED.

I don’t naturally possess any. And, bizarrely, the more races I’ve done the slower I’ve got. My 10k times have gone in decline: 58 mins, 59 mins, 1hr 5mins… If I let the trajectory continue, I’d eventually grind to a halt. So a couple of months back I decided to set my next 10k race – Sure Run to the Beat, this weekend – as a goal to work towards a new personal best (PB). And I called on the wisdom of Fitness First‘s Scott Mackenzie to help me train.

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FEELING HOT, HOT, HOT IN HACKNEY

Run Hackney

Today I ran the brand new Run Hackney Half Marathon. You may have noticed it was a scorcher of a day. This was a shock to my system, as the many half marathons I have run (*cough* two) have both been on cool-ish days. It resulted in me crossing the finish line in a state of mild delirium and proceeding to drink a bottle of water, an energy drink, a can of coke, a glass of water, a protein shake (blended with a Mars choc ice. Don’t judge!) and another glass of water, all within approx one hour.

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