Over the finish line!

I’m in that mass of people.  We gathered in Preston Park at 8:30 yesterday morning, where I met up with a handful of the Run Mummy Run community, and chatted in particular to one lovely lady [edit: it was Lisa Jay, who was a star!] as we queued roughly forever for the race toilets…  And then…

It’s today!!

I’m drinking tea in the living room of the impossibly cool house we’ve rented in Brighton. God bless Air BnB!!  I’d like to tell you my race kit is neatly laid out on the floor. It was, yesterday. Today there’s a jumble of things, I’ve just eaten breakfast (chia porridge with strawberries, omega seeds and…

I FINISHED IT!!!

Yes I did.  The whole iMarathon training programme!! Yesterday, I ran the final set of 60s intervals.  I ran in glorious spring sunshine around University Parks, running past French school kids on some kind of exchange visit who were lolling on benches, or snogging sulkily under the trees.  6 repeats of 60s sprints, with 90s rest…

On not being ready…

It’s week 15…. or week eeeeep!…. and I’m surprised by how calm I’m feeling.  I truly was expecting to be more stressed.  I’m tapering – which means running in short, sharp bursts – and resting.  Marathon day is a mere 10 days away, and I’m feeling….. well.  I’m feeling ready. I had a little worry,…

March miles….and the bends.

I’ve just looked up my miles for March, to answer a question George asked in our On The Wagon Facebook group.  How many miles did you all run in March?  And my answer… “only 65.8 miles”.  Only.  I mean, that’s at least 30 miles short of what I’d have done if the knee hadn’t had…

Putting in the work

I’m going to write this today, before whatever’s going to happen tomorrow happens. The knee is improving – not quite better yet; it still doesn’t function well as a spring or a pivot, but provided all it’s asked to do is hinge the big bones in my leg, it’s fine.  Unseen bumps in the road,…

You’ve never had it so good…

Yeah, well I see now that I’d more or less jinxed this marathon training malarkey.  It was all too easy – I didn’t get ill, I didn’t skip sessions (well.  Two sessions.  But that’s pretty good going), I didn’t hurt myself early on when the miles were building.  I let myself off too early, a…

Morning fuel

I’ve always been a morning runner.  I simply can’t get my act/energy/interest together to run after 12pm, and experience has taught me that it’s altogether better if I just roll with this. Typically, I set my kit out the night before, get up and into my running clothes, and leave the house before I’ve woken…

Flat Line

So George sent out an email, today.  George’s emails have an infuriating habit of saying just what I need to hear, when I need to hear it.  I guess that’s why he’s the coach and I’m the acolyte, but whatever… Anyway, this week I have done a Bad Thing.  And it’s the first time I’ve…

Gold stars

One of the best ideas from the training session at The Alzheimer’s Society in London, a couple of weeks ago, was to end every week by pulling out three positives.  That way, the thinking goes, when you’re approaching the big day and full of the maranoia, you can look back over your training journal and…

Run the Nunnery

Today has been a big day!!  For three reasons.  First, I swapped sessions around and did my long slow run today.  I’ll do hills on Saturday.  It’s been difficult to find long run routes that I feel happy doing early in the morning, given the weather (icy, cold, miserable) and the need to get from…

And so it begins…

Training for Brighton officially began on Monday.  The day after my birthday.  Luckily, given the birthday situation, training began with a rest day.  I used it to devise a little body conditioning workout for myself, on the basis that stronger legs will run better.  So I did some kettle bell exercises in the quiet of…