Today I was going to do a short run and ran around my local cemetery (very peaceful) for about 45mins, I am unsure of the distance as I couldn’t get my gps on my Blackberry to work. It was a beautiful day. So warm and sunny. The weather makes an enormous difference, I felt strong and I really enjoyed it!
Wednesday 21st March
I trained in the gym today. I trained legs and upper body and did 1min interval sprints on the treadmill. I got to 16.3kmph on my 1min sprints which I was pretty happy with! It was nice to get in the gym as I have missed it a lot. I am also really busy with work this week and am going to find it hard to fit any longer runs in so I will be in the gym and either running/cycling or on the cross trainer as much as I can!
Friday 23rd March
I ran 8miles today, it was an amazing day weather wise, it was warm and sunny. Perfect! I ran down the river from work (Piccadilly) down past Tower Bridge, an area I haven’t been before which was nice! And there were so many runners; honestly there were more runners than pedestrians…love it! It really gives you the motivation to keep going and go that little bit faster!
Saturday 24th March
So I have my long run (20miles..eeek!) on Sunday, so I went for a 30min run around my area. I didn’t push myself and just had an easy pace run. Again the weather was fabulous which is always a help!
Sunday 25th March
Today is the day! My friend, who I am running the marathon with, Nicole, is here and we are attempting 20miles. Our longest run before the big day. We have tickets to The Vitality Show at Earls Court so we decided to go there first and run in the afternoon. We end up leaving mine at 3.45pm, we take everything with us and wear exactly what we will on the day for the run so we know everything agrees with us and works. We also brought some new laces for our trainers called Xtenex. They are elastic laces, which once you’ve put in your shoes, you never have to tie laces again. They also expand with your feet as you run. We had to stop a few times in the first hour to adjust our laces (at one point Nic couldn’t feel her toes!! I don’t think that’s normal!!) but once we got them sorted we ran fine and really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend them, google it and buy some!
So we ran from mine (Fulham) to Richmond Park and ran the perimeter of the park and then back home. Richmond Park had quite a few inclines and my knees definitely hurt more than usual. But I took my energy gels on time and keep well hydrated so I really didn’t find any of it really hard. It was a lovely run and the weather was gorgeous. Once we had finished, we both said the run felt a 7 out of 10, which is amazing to think after 20miles we could have carried on. I’m really excited for the marathon now. I know I can do it and there is a chance we can finish in around 4 hours!