When I saw my name appear on Facebook towards the end of last year as a lucky member pulled from the ballot hat - I had a little cry followed by sharing the text with everyone on Facebook. I then almost said no, panicking it would interfere with my specific tri training followed by digging out a previous trusted training plan (favourably a four month plan) all within half an hour! My mind was all over the place.
I began with a marathon mind the weekend before Stubbington. Thank you Tracy Heath for allowing me to take your place in January! My plan has consisted of 2 peaks – reaching my first peak at 18 miles end of February and 24 miles at the beginning of April. Every run has been early doors – I’ve seen some sights! Jumping deer, snarly dogs, smiley runners and several all-night revellers.
I’ve kept my main injury quiet – I got a grade 2 injury in the belly of my right hamstring last summer winning the parent race at my son’s sports day. What an achievement to beat those younger mums eh! However running was not an option for the rest of the season cancelling several races. Running into the bollard at the Ageas one Tuesday evening last October putting my SI joint out of place knocked me back again (literally!). I’ve still had a bit of a niggle training but thanks to Alli Bone and Mark Diment, I’m less aware of it these days. I’ve got through a lot of tape in a year!
Thank you to the members who have been very kind asking me how I am and where I am with my training plan. Thank you to Carol and Sheryl for joining me on that freezing morning run along the way.
Training for London has been different from other marathons already completed - New Forest, Clarendon, Salisbury ultra, Brighton and Seven Sisters. I’m a little older yes but I’ve had to be really strict with getting enough distance in accordance with my half ironman race later this year – swimming, spinning, treadmill, bike and weights. Nights out and lie-ins were so last year!
So I have two more planned training runs left – 12 miles tomorrow finishing with 8 miles next Sunday. This tapering lark is a lovely place to be! I think I’m ready – I know I’m excited! I will of course be feeling very different on the day. My home town is Greenwich (staying with my mum the night before) so I will only have a short walk across the heath to the start!
I look forward to reporting from the other side post marathon. Cheers lovely people!