Commitment

This has been an interesting year.  You may remember that last year I promised Mr P that I wouldn’t train for a marathon this year.  Then Mr P left me, and that was difficult.  And I’ll be honest, I did consider registering for a marathon to console myself, but then I thought perhaps the rest…

Nearly there…

Two sleeps.  Or two not-a-lot-of-sleeps.  We’re heading down to Greenwich tomorrow to pick up my race number and spend the night pretty much as close as we can to the start line. I am nervous.  Actually, probably more nervous than I was before Brighton.  I know I’m hurt, and I don’t know how it’s going…

NAILED IT!

Today I set out for my fast 6km Thursday run.  You remember me whingeing last week about how “fast” and “8km” were mutually incompatible ideas?  Well I discussed it with Becky, and she agreed that perhaps we should start the build-up at 6km.  So this week, my first official marathon training week, was a fast…

Frosty. Sparkling.

I’ve been mixing it up a little, the last few days.  I was supposed to run intervals on boxing day, and do a long walk on my birthday.  But rich food, good company and late nights conspired to make me good for not much on boxing day, so I ran birthday intervals, instead.  Today was…

Listening to the brag of my heart

Many reasons why this post is so entitled…  It’s about confidence; it’s about survival; it’s about I am, I am, I am. At the end of last year, I was reading the Run Mummy Run Facebook group, where people were discussing their annual stats.  And I wondered – I genuinely did – how they knew….

Weekend positives

Well, I forgot to do this yesterday, but here are my three positives from the first week of a training programme: I am adapting to running in heat.  Slowly, and painfully, but adapting all the same.  Turns out you need to hydrate properly *all* week -not just on run days. I have survived the first…

starting blocks

Well, it’s been a largely lazy time since I last wrote anything here.  I’ve been running without a programme which, as I think I’ve mentioned before, isn’t my best plan.  Still, with no events to train for, and my mojo declining as a result, I’m pretty pleased I’ve been running at all! I’ve managed a…

Planning for pain

After my 10k at the weekend, I’ve regained some confidence. Post marathon, with no particular focus and no particular plan, I’ve struggled to stay motivated and get out there, and I think I’d underestimated just how tired my legs would be.  Happy to run, but not far… Anyway, watching my wonderful son munch up the…

Nearly a fortnight

In my slight defence, my computer has been in hospital… failed logic board, apparently.  I know how it feels! I have carried on feeling great… I ran last Thursday and last Saturday – just over 5k each time.  Fast and gentle, if that’s a possible combination.  Actually, it must be.  I felt like a gentle…

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…