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Marathon Diaries: Weeks 8-12

I am running the London Marathon 2019 for homeless charity Shelter from the Storm. Please click here to find our more about the charity and to make a donation. It is COLD outside! The bitter weather has forced me into the safety of the gym, and I have spent the past couple of weeks doing the majority of my training on a treadmill. In a lot of ways, this has really helped me. Running on a treadmill is softer for the joints then road running, and all my aches and pains in my shins and ankles have pretty much cleared up. I’ve also been able to focus on running at a controlled and steady pace, which has helped me improve my stamina and endurance on longer runs, and get an idea of what might my marathon pace might be. However, I am well aware that treadmill running is quite a bit easier and, consequently, …

Marathon Diaries: Weeks 4-7

I am running the London Marathon 2019 for homeless charity Shelter from the Storm. Please click here to find our more about the charity and to make a donation. Just 4 weeks in to my marathon training I hit my first hurdle. My shins hurt so bad! I would come back from a run barely able to walk, and although the pain would subside rather quickly, I would be in agony again when it came to my next run. Fearing the dreaded shin splints, I sought advice on how I could best deal with this issue before it hampered my training any further. The majority of advice said to rest and not run, which was not ideal. How can I train for a marathon if I can’t run? Upon further research, I discovered these calf compression sleeves, which claimed to support the shins, prevent swelling and aid in the prevention of shin splints. And HALLELUJAH…

Marathon Diaries: Weeks 1-3

I am running the London Marathon 2019 for homeless charity Shelter from the Storm. Please click here to find our more about the charity and to make a donation. As I said in my announcement post, I am not a runner. This is why I’ve had to start training as soon as possible, beginning with a 6 week training programme designed to get me running non-stop for 30 minutes. Here’s what the first 3 weeks looked like: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Monday Rest Rest Rest Tuesday Run 30 secs Walk 30 secs Repeat 20 times Run 2 mins Walk 2 mins Repeat 5 times Run 4 mins Walk 4 mins Repeat 4 times Wednesday Rest Rest Rest Thursday Run 1 min Walk 1 min Repeat 10 times Run 3 mins Walk 4 mins Repeat 4 times Run 5 mins Walk 5 mins Repeat 4 times Friday Rest Rest Rest…

Marathon Diaries: Training for The London Marathon 2019

As a child, I remember watching The London Marathon on TV and thinking one day, I’m going to do that.  I don’t know about you, but I say that a lot. Everyone has a bucket list, and despite ever-growing, mine still has plenty of unticked boxes! So three years ago, without any real thought other than the fact that I have always wanted to do it, I decided to apply for The London Marathon ballot. I truly underestimated how popular the event is, and how difficult it is to be offered a spot, and was disappointed when I was unsuccessful. I tried again the following year, but was also unsuccessful. Automatically, I applied again this year, not really thinking much of it. I figured I’d just keep applying until I eventually got a place, estimating that it might take another few years before I got lucky. I didn’t make a note of when the ballot…

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