Five words that I did not think I would be uttering, for a long while. I have always sworn up, down and sideways that I would never, ever run a marathon until I do an Ironman. My logic was simple – I’d rather not know firsthand how much it hurts, knowing that I’ll have to do it after a 3.8km swim and 180km bike. But, here I am. For better or worse, I’m running the London Marathon.
I must admit to feeling massively excited now that it’s happening, see my earlier comment about needing that big scary goal on the horizon. Despite being a little (ok, a lot) anxious about covering 26.2 miles in less than 3 months time, I feel incredibly lucky to have secured a spot and to not only be running with the support of one of my favourite brands (Adidas) but also my fave babe and sister from another mister, Adrienne! It’s all kinds of awesome.
After declaring loudly not so long ago that ‘anyone who runs is a runner‘, I must hold my hand up to feeling like less of a runner than most, it just hasn’t been my focus for a long while now. This along with the fact that most other soon-to-be London Marathon ers have already got a good solid month of training behind them, means that I’m fully aware of the challenge ahead. All of that being said, thanks to being signed up for the North London Half Marathon in March, I have actually been running again, if only once or twice a week and for nothing more than 5.5 miles. It’s definitely better than nothing and being slightly prone to injury it’s quite possibly the perfect prep for starting to rack up those miles. When I say I’m prone to injury what I mean is that the last time I tried to ramp up my mileage I got a stress fracture, fairly quickly. I did however go from running 5km a time to 10+ miles so y’ know… It was probably my fault. Taking all of the above into consideration, I’m planning on running no more than 3 x per week, sometimes only twice and I’m also going to switch back to a slightly more cushioned pair of shoes, the energy boosts. They worked a treat for me post stress fracture and I’m taking no chances this time around. To balance out the fact that I’ll be doing slightly less mileage than others and also to hopefully give my leg strength and cardiovascular fitness a boost, I’ll be continuing with my turbo sessions and also at least one swim session per week. I would have liked the swim and bike to be more of a focus but once or twice a week each will keep me ticking over and then I can increase post marathon.
In all my excitement I have already drafted up a tentative training plan but I’ll be letting the pro’s give it a once over before I share with you guys.
So there you have it, my bit of exciting news for the month! Who else is running? Who has run it previously? Any tips or bits of advice for a nervous first timer? (Don’t worry – I have potential nipple chafing covered! Thanks Adrienne!) Being asthmatic and with pollution levels at record highs meaning I shouldn’t even really be running, I’m tempted to get a mask… Anyone used one previously or have any recommendations?
Comment below and let me know how your London Marathon training is going, let’s keep each other motivated and on track! Let’s do this thing!!