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MARATHON TRAINING DIARY #1: A SLOW START

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A run in the Cotswolds. Three miles but looked like forever.

When I first got a place in this year’s London marathon I had such high hopes. I was going to strength train for the first few months to lay down strong foundations (like the pros) before emerging in Jan a lean, mean running machine ready to start smashing the miles. I was going to document my every run and kelp-infused protein shake with stylised Instagram snaps and witty one-liners. I was going to write a stream of blog posts so informative they’d go viral in Japan. I was going to obtain that other-worldly marathon runner air (think Cate Blanchett in Lord of the Rings if she was talking about split laps instead of orcs). I was going to, I was going to, I was going to…

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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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THE FINE ART OF RUNNING IN A ONESIE

With Michaela crop

Tiger collage
Me and pals Christina and Vici with Michaela Strachan; me roaring to go; muscle-soothing Tiger Balm; the much-deserved medal

There are a lot of things that seem like a good idea at the time but that you later live to regret: crowdsurfing, tattoos in a language you don’t speak/read/have any known connection to, your fifth jaegerbomb (usually). Add to that running a race in a tiger onesie.

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