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….
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…
Winter is well and truly upon us, so it’s about time I brought you my pick of the top kit to invest in to see you through the cold snap (‘snap’ being an optimistic choice of word, I know). Look out for the ‘FP Winter Pick’ logo on coming posts for the AW14 gear that I rate and reckon is going to help you rock the season. First up, this Sweaty Betty Ultra Run Jacket (which has a surprise in its back pocket).
Yes, knowing that you’re looking after your long-term health should be reward enough for going for a run. But sometimes it’s just not when a 700g of Heroes and the sofa team up to lead you astray. But now you can get a reward that’s a little more tangible with Earthmiles.
‘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.
A lot of things cross my mind when I pass someone homeless on the streets of London: How did they get there? Should I give them some money? Will they get through the night? But one thing that I’ve never asked myself is this – what do they do when they want to go for a run?
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.