A little over a year ago I changed my mind and decided I wanted to become a marathoner. Yesterday I ran my first marathon – the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon. And it was epic!
In less than 5 days I’ll be taking on my first marathon on the most iconic marathon course in the world. Find out what I’m aiming for, how I’m feeling and how to track my progress on the day.
You’ve put in the miles. You’ve avoided injury. You’re in your taper. Your training has set you up for a PB performance. And it all starts to unravel on race day morning. With my first marathon only 2 weeks away, today I had a dress rehearsal.
Thirteen weeks ago I started training for my first marathon. I’ve pushed myself more than ever, setting both personal firsts and bests. This weekend sees my training peak and embark on my first proper taper.
Winter has been kind to me. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the first day of Spring. My hardest marathon training session so far was strangely satisfying.
Marathon training is hard for non-runners to comprehend. Even harder when you say you’re disappointed because you ran too fast.
Any runner worth their salt knows that porridge can be a great fuel for running but at African Children’s Fund, the charity I’m running the London Marathon for, porridge is a fuel for learning. Read on to find out how I’m using porridge as inspiration for my marathon training, as well as the theme for one of my fundraising events.
After a busy day at work it’s always nice to get home to a parcel. It’s even more exciting when the parcel is running related. This week I’ve had double the excitement with two deliveries!
After successful runs this week to test my foot out, today’s long run would be the final tick in the recovery box. I still wanted a safety blanket, so instead of heading out into the villages, or an out and back I opted to loop myself in and around Witney.
I also thought attempting to stretch a 10+ mile run around town my distract me from the problems I had yesterday of constantly thinking about my foot.
Thankfully I was right. Slowly mapping out the next section of the run every few minutes kept my mind busy, as well as trying to keep my heart rate nice and low – something that is a key part of my training following my lab test last year.
It was surprisingly easy to clock up the miles – looping in and around housing estates and choosing directions at junctions carefully, so a not to put myself back too close to home. Mixing up some longer straight bits along with weaving around the houses kept it interesting enough but I’m looking forward to getting back on into the countryside over the next few weeks.
Every time I head out for a run there seems to be more people out running. I always wonder what session they’re doing and what they’re training for. And today, it was a pleasant distraction to bump into a fellow London Marathoner and fundraiser. Nick works for local charity SpecialEffect and despite saying “never again” after completing the London Marathon in 2013 has found himself back in training for the 2015 event.
Good luck with the training Nick!
I’m running the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon for African Children’s Fund, an Oxfordshire charity doing great things in East Africa to help children be children and to gain the education they deserve. At 7 pence for a portion of porridge even small donations can make a real difference so please donate here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runningdanw