It’s me – I’m back and I have (London Marathon) news!

It’s me – I’m back and I have (London Marathon) news!

Hello lovely people, it's me again. I've been AWOL from blog writing for a while now, but I'm back...and I have (London Marathon) news! A some of you might recall, I ran the Brighton Marathon back in April this year. Now, despite vowing never ever EVER to run another, it appears that I've only gone [...]

I ran an actual Marathon yesterday!!

I ran an actual Marathon yesterday!!

So, I only went and did it! I ran a Marathon! 26.2 agonising, exhilarating miles. The last two days have been hard work emotionally too- a rollercoaster of huge overwhelm, a massive sense of pride and accomplishment (and rather achy knees - I'm writing this with an ice pack on each one). YESTERDAY WAS A [...]

Marathon Countdown: Day 6

Marathon Countdown: Day 6

The day is almost here!! This afternoon my running buddy and I will be jumping in her Mini and making our way to Brighton to pick up our race packs. We're staying in a hotel tonight, which means we can be up early and focussed for our big run. It also means we get a [...]

It’s the final countdown: two days and I’ll be at the start line!

It’s the final countdown: two days and I’ll be at the start line!

Three months of training, and we're almost there. I had my last training run with the lovely N last night, so now its prep and packing for the big day. My running buddy and I have opted to stay in Brighton on Saturday night for minimal stress, so the husbands and kids and family supporters [...]

Marathon Countdown: Day 3

Marathon Countdown: Day 3

Today has been a sunny day, so we've been out and about in the fresh air, making the most of the opportunity. That has meant that my marathon food plan has gone slightly astray at lunchtime, but otherwise has been ok. (although my running buddy turned up with a Turkish Delight today - I am [...]

Marathon Countdown: Day 2

It's been a warm and fuzzy kind of Tuesday Well, what a day it's been today. I plucked my sleeping beauties out of bed this morning at 7.45am to plop them in the car and drive to the Chiropractor, where the lovely Charlotte clicked, manipulated and stretched my poor body back in to some recognisable [...]

Marathon Training: FINAL Week!

Marathon Training: FINAL Week!

Wow, the last 16 weeks has been a blur of running, running and more running (with a lot of stretching, aches and very tight muscles). I think it's fair to say that the last week has been disastrous. On Tuesday, the class germs finally got the better of me, Friday saw the sick bug arriving [...]

HOW TO HANDLE LONG RUNS

HOW TO HANDLE LONG RUNS

SO, let's start with the good news...we did it! We nailed our long run last week, running a thigh-aching 29 kilometres (that's about 18 miles). I feel like we might be ready for this marathon. My knees ache, my Achilles insists on clicking after every long run and I have a proud collection of beautiful [...]

How to prepare yourself mentally for long runs

How to prepare yourself mentally for long runs

As you know by now, I've signed up for the Brighton Marathon this year. 5 weeks today in fact. 35 days. Eeeek! Enter self doubt and negative thoughts "What was I thinking?". For the last few weeks, my long runs have been on a Sunday afternoon. Kids are chilling out, dinner in the oven. Cue [...]