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The Final Countdown……. Is this really happening??

OMG, I will be running a marathon in SIX days! Yesterday, was the Brighton, Manchester and Paris Marathons (I’m sure there were others too!), but my timeline on twitter was filled with good luck messages in the morning, followed by proud ‘Selfies’ in the evening. This has just made me so excited for Sunday!

My training last week wasn’t the greatest, and I am sure that most of it is psychological. I keep thinking the short runs should feel so much easier than they actually do!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 6 mile easy run – my legs felt heavy and tired. The positive is that I kept thinking, this is what it will feel like on marathon day, running on tired legs, and I know that I can keep going!

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday : Supposed to do speed work, but was shattered! So ended up being another rest day.

Friday: As I missed yesterdays run, I got up and did an easy 2 miles before work.

Saturday: 3 miles – This felt SO HARD. I returned from this run thinking, how am I going to do another 23.6 miles on top of that??!!

Sunday: 10 miles – The 4 miles warm up wasn’t great – heavy, tired legs, my right earphone kept dropping out, my hydration backpack wasn’t sitting comfortably and it was raining. At about 3 miles I stopped to stretch and sort everything out. A real positive from this, was at no point did I consider stopping. I think this training programme has made me mentally tougher. By mile 4, all was better, which was lucky as at this point I had to pick up my pace. 2 miles at 9:30mm. It was comfortably tough! A mile rest, which did included a little walking so I could take on some fluid, and then another 2 miles at 9:30mm, and a 1 mile cool down. Once finished, this run felt great – 9:30mm is nearly a whole minute under my marathon pace!

In other news, my local newspaper came to take photos of me on Sunday morning! Although, I’m not so keen on my face being in the paper- its great awareness for The Motor Neurone Disease Association. My competition for the Lexie Sport Leggings  and Little Miracle drinks enter the final week, and I am off work, so I intend to rest, rest and stretch.

I am heading to the London Expo on Wednesday, which I am VERY excited about. I am considering have my nails done, after seeing lots of the Paris Marathon runners have theirs done, and they look so good. Take a look here!

Finally, I am £64.44 aways from reaching £3,000 on my just giving page. So if anyone has any spare pennies and would like to donate, you can here.

An average runner that has found a passion for running and raising money/awareness for MNDA. I have completed London, New York, and Chicago marathons. I am tempted to go for the Six-Star finishers medal, running all the World Marathon Majors, but that's a dream in progress.


7th April 2014 at 10:05 AM

Alright!!! How exciting!! You’re going to rock your marathon!!

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