Tuesday, 12 March 2013

London Marathon update

With little to write about regarding our avian friends - as I'm yet to see a spring migrant. I thought I would turn to my efforts in training for the London Marathon. With less than six weeks until the big race I'm feeling lean and fit, having lost a stone in weight thanks to the little bit of running I do, an improved diet and abstaining from the booze - well almost! I'm a little bit nervous but itching to make that starting line, although it hasn't all been plain sailing - I almost had to hang up my trainers!

Running, trainers
Honestly, that photo hasn't really been staged ;-)

Until two weeks ago I was still struggling with a calf strain which took an age to clear up - three weeks in fact, not a disaster but a big chunk of training I had to miss! In those three weeks, I invested in a pair of compression calf-guards, attended two physio sessions and had three sports massages (all not without some considerable pain to myself and my pocket) in a desperate bid to clear up the injury. I hope this shows my determination to succeed - at one stage after testing the calf again with a short run, I had to stop within twenty minutes and walk home due to the pain and worry of tearing the muscle, which would have ultimately ended my chances of running - a particular low point when I thought my marathon plans were virtually over! But thankfully after a combination of factors - rest, physio, massage, stretching exercises, swimming pool sessions, and a little bit of soul searching and encouragement - I'm back, fit, a little bit lighter in the pocket but focused on April 21st.

In the two weeks following the injury I've completed the Roding Valley half-marathon (probably a bit too soon after injury) and finished in a respectable 1 hour 56 minutes - especially pleasing as I said to myself that if I had not made it to the finish line that day, I would have pulled out of the London Marathon. The following weekend I ran my longest distance to date, a cold and tough 15 miles on the roads through Epping Forest, all injury free with just a few stiff and aching joints the following day.

The next couple of weeks are crucial and will be equally as tough with an 18 mile run planned this Sunday and 20 miles the following Sunday both vitally important in terms of fitness and race preparation. Then hopefully things should start to get a little easier as I enter the last couple of weeks and the tapering stage of my training with the hard road miles behind me, I will start to reduce the amount of miles I run each week until the big day...I can't wait - I must be mad!

I'm still some way off my target of raising £1400 for the Family Holiday Association a great charity who do some amazing work with less fortunate children and their families, so if you could make a donation through my fundraising page click here please! I and the charity will be ever so grateful.

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