Here we go… Marathon training starts now!

So it is now only 16 weeks exactly until the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014. So the long training journey starts seriously now! It is so scary to think that I have 16 weeks to get my body and my mind ready to take on 26.2 miles. I have followed many running programmes in the past, but this one feels so much more daunting. I want to get this one right.

In the past, I have missed the odd training session here and there. Knowing that I can get by. But this time, I want to get to that start line, knowing that I have done everything possible to be in the best shape I can.

I read somewhere recently, how the start of the serious training means that rest days are actually scheduled. Not just the days you can’t be bothered to run. Now, this scares me. I am going to have to be super organised. I have put all my runs into my diary. But I think Sunday evenings are going to be the time that I will have to add the time of day that the run will take place too.

I am going to try and run commute to work so that I cause minimal impact on my family time. I have booked so many races to help me with the long runs, but my biggest worry is nutrition! I have never had the best diet and often eat whatever is available because I have too. I know that for me to be able to take on this mammoth task, I need to take the nutrition seriously too. I think I may have to set myself a target each week to help, so this week is to up my water intake. I need to carry a water bottle around with me and drink little and often.

Even though the date of the 23rd December 2013 has been etched in my mind for a while as my start date, I headed out today on a long run. I wanted to run around 6 or 7 miles. After only one and a half miles, I felt awful and wanted to give up! How was I ever going to make 6 miles, let alone 26.2 miles?

Luckily, I was listening to the Marathon Talk Podcast and soon got lost in their discussion. Before I know it I was at 5 miles. At the next traffic lights, I did have the option of heading right to go 7 miles or straight on to finish on 6 miles. Yes, you guessed it I went straight on! That’s why I need a plan to follow! When I checked the Garmin at the end I was surprised by the time. I ran it a little faster than I have been in recent weeks. I must admit that I am quite looking forward to trying to incorporate threshold training and trying to control my pace more when running.

Garmin Screen of first marathon training run

So with the training stepping up a gear, I am also hopeful that my blogging will also step up. My last post was retweeted by the MNDA, I had lots of people read it and comment on it. Some tweeted me, it was amazing!

There is a huge number of people running the London Marathon for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. I am hoping that the more people I get to know via twitter, this blog and our weekly emails we get, are all going to help me get through this amazing journey.

So I suppose I’d better go and get organised for next week. Christmas may be very close, but I need to ensure that I still get my runs in! I love the idea of running on Christmas Day. I did think about heading to a parkrun, but I am at my sister’s and the nearest is still a fair drive. So I am going to have to explore the village that she lives in. I may be able to encourage a family member out with me! Do you run on Christmas Day?

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