So I have read every blog, training plan, article etc linked to running a marathon and how to train for a marathon. I had decided that I was going to follow the Women’s Running Magazine beginners plan. It is a 16-week plan. That means that serious training is to kick off on the 23rd of December. As my last post says (read here), I have been building a base. All of it is running without a plan, a pace or any distance in mind – junk miles as some like to call it.
As the date gets closer, I am now wondering whether I should be following the Hal Higdon novice plan – why? Lots of people on twitter that I follower are running their first marathon and that’s the plan they use. Also, I have worried that the WR plan, doesn’t seem to have many long runs!!! Now I’m not sure what I am doing. I seem to think that if I leave it to the 23rd December, I’ll know which to follow!! That is so me, leaving things right up until a deadline!
I’m not sure if it’s the looming start of the training period or a tired end of term, but I missed my long run at the weekend (actually it was a little (ok a LOT) linked to drinking too much at my staff Christmas Party!) I thought that maybe I should have gone out tonight, but wrapping Christmas presents and drinking Mulled Wine won. After wrapping a few presents, I decided to watch the film ‘I am Breathing‘. The film follows a remarkable man and his wife, in his final months living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
I found this very hard to watch, but also the kick I needed. As one of the main reasons that I am running this marathon is to raise money and awareness for the MNDA. My dad was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in November 2009 and died on the 1st of July 2010. He loved that I was sporty. And I had always told him that I would run a marathon. So, when I finally got my place in the London Marathon, I knew that there was only one charity that I wanted to run for.
My dad was an amazing man. He was very brave in dealing with this vile disease. If there is ever a time that I feel like skipping a training run, or think that it’s too hard, I need to remember the struggle and battle that he faced every day!