The Marathon Diaries…

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160 DAYS TO GO

One of the greatest road races in the world… and in less than 6 months I shall be running it. All 26.2 miles.

It’s long been a dream (well target, I don’t think anyone sane dreams to do it) to run the London Marathon. I’m not a natural born runner, but the sense of achievement after having done it is compelling to me. 2013 is set to be my year.

I did have a place to run it in 2012, but I had to defer early in the year as I would have been 7-months pregnant on race day. Small mercies and all that!

Actually, it was a good thing. Although I would have classed myself at the start of 2012 as the fittest I’ve ever been, I now know that I wasn’t. Having gone through so much this year, physically and mentally, I am actually, after having been training for the past seven weeks, getting fitter, and I’m sure that will continue.

I’ve always been a gym-bunny, favouring the treadmill and cross-trainer to the open road, but after forcing myself to start running outdoors, I actually now not only prefer it, but see that it’s so much harder than the indoor running I previously loved.

Running outdoors makes me feel free. It gives me time to think. To be with myself for, currently, those 30-60 minutes. Time that I appreciate now that I’m a Mummy to a 4-month old. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the time I spend with our new son, and wouldn’t change it for the world, but I’m a big believer in having time to yourself. It’s important.

So to the race. Since it’s going to be a one-time thing… it DEFINITELY is. A bucket-list tick off thing if you will.

I thought I’d use my blog as a space to diary my progress so I can remember it. I’m in my pre-training at the moment, following a Beginners plan that will get me to the finish line (hopefully), so every Sunday, I’ll be sharing my progress.

Here it is so far…

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And this is today’s run

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The Nike+ Running and Marathon Apps are helping me along. I didn’t want to go today. REALLY didn’t want to go. But I’m glad that I did.

It’s definitely becoming easier, and I get home less of a mess than I did 7 week’s ago. The killer for me are the hills. Reigate is one massive hill, and it’s always UPHILL on the way home. A friend (who has run London a few times and is attempting his second Marathon Des Sables next year) said if I can train in Reigate, London will be a breeze as it’s flat. Let’s hope that’s the case.

Wish me luck with my endeavour. I am running for Charity, even though I got a Ballot place, and will be sharing that will you later on, but for now I’m pretty pleased with myself.

Until next week…

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

3 thoughts on “The Marathon Diaries…

  1. I just found your blog and I wanted to wish you luck for your training and the race! I am thinking about running my very first marathon in April, too, but I don’t have the nuts to make a final decision yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

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