My recent love affair with the London Marathon continued at the weekend but not as a runner. As an unlucky ballot entrant I wasn’t running the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon but was closer to the action than ever before.
Last week I was among nearly 38,000 London Marathon finishers but what are the chances of me running next year? Major ballot changes may make it fairer but certainly won’t make it easier when the 2016 London Marathon ballot opens tomorrow.
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.
Back in January I was asked to get involved as an #extramile ambassador. As a thank you they invited me, and my fellow ambassadors, to a marathon training day led by top coach and Marathon Talk host, Martin Yelling. It was a great day so I’d like to share the key hints, tips and advice to help with your own marathon training.
Back in November I asked people to share their marathon experiences to help me get a feel for what I’ve let myself in for as I look to take on my first marathon in April at the London Marathon in aid of African Children’s Fund. Through January I will be using my Janathon posts to share a selection of them with you.
The Janathon 2015 Day 1 #MarathonStory comes from:
Not only is Pat a close friend and personal running inspiration but he was stupid enough to take on a track marathon (yes, that’s a thing!). And he won!
As runners, we’re always measuring ourselves in some way or another – how far, how fast, new PBs – but with my biggest running challenge on the horizon I wanted to measure myself very specifically, with the help of RaceFit Consulting.
Tomorrow I take on my final race of a busy 2014. It marks the end of my greatest year of running. As well as a clutch of PBs, I’ve also qualified as a British Athletics endurance coach.
As one running year comes to an end, another begins. And the new one poses my biggest running challenge yet. To “celebrate” I’ve decided to try my hand at video-blogging.
Take a look and let me know what you think. Go easy on me – it’s my first time!
This week, many doormats have been warmed and almost as many moods have been cooled by the arrival of the London Marathon ballot result. Thousands of runners feel hard done by but is there a better way to allocate London Marathon places?
Following the inspirational and mind-changing events of a week ago I must strike while the iron’s hot. However, it appears getting a place in the 2015 London Marathon is going to be an endurance sport of it’s own right!