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….
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.
‘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.
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.