WE RUN LONDON NIKE 10K

I’ve always been a huge Nike fan – they just in my view do everything so well and today’s 10k running event was no exception.

If I was putting on a running event then I’d like it to be similar to this one. For a start everyone in the race got an awesome fluro orange tshirt they actually would want to wear, unlike most race tshirts where you wear it the once and then off it goes to the charity shop, and making the entry fee worthwhile from the start.

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EDINBURGH HALF MARATHON

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This was my second marathon of 2015. It’s safe to say the first one was an epic disaster and one of the least enjoyable runs I’ve ever done. I was naïve in thinking that I could run 13 miles having run three times in two months (the furthest being 50 minutes), so this time I made sure I did a lot more training!

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FREEBIES GALORE FOR LONDON MARATHON RUNNERS

If you’re running the London Marathon this year, there must be some perks to pounding those 26.2 miles right?

Here’s a list of what you can get your hands on – all in exchange for that elusive medal and one very sore body…

  • Betfair: are offering all runners the chance to back themselves. Set a target time to finish the Marathon and you’ll get a free £20 to bet on yourself. Hit your target, and your charity of choice pockets the winnings. If not, then the £20 goes to this year’s official sponsor – Cancer Research UK. Everyone wins. (https://promotions.betfair.com/backyourself/)
  • Triyoga: bring your finishing medal into any triyoga studio between the 26th April and 3rd May and enjoy a free class to help you stretch out and relax post-run. (triyoga.co.uk)
  • Sweaty Betty: 20% off online or in store for all marathon runners. Either take your medal instore or to claim online call customer care on 020 7751 0591 (www.sweatybetty.com/)
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen: Simply wear your London 2015 medal into any UK mainland GBK & you’ll get a free Cheeseburger. Your support crew will also get a free beer. Valid Sun 26th AND Mon 27th. (gbk.co.uk)
  • Rocket: free pizza for every runner that brings their medal into the Holborn branch on the day of the big event, Sunday the 26thof April – booking in advance is advised (http://www.rocketrestaurants.co.uk/)
  • Mayfair Pizza Co: Load up on carbs. Bring your running number and get any pizza or pasta free (http://mayfairpizzaco.com/)
  • Royal China: which has six restaurants across the city, is offering all finishers a free dim sum dish — just flash your medal at a member of staff. (http://rcguk.co.uk/)
  • Smollensky’s: central London branch runners are offered a free meal. Just bring along a pal who is paying full price. (105 The Strand WC2, http://smollenskys.com/),
  • Roast: in Borough Market is offering a free glass of champers when you buy a roast after the race. (Floral Hall, Stoney Street, SE1, roast-restaurant.com)
  • TfL: are offering free transport to anyone with a medal

If you know of any other offers let me know and I will add in.

20 THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN BEFORE RUNNING MY FIRST MARATHON

I’d always looked at people running marathons before I attempted mine and thought; “it can’t be that hard can it”. Although I’d done a few half marathons and thought the prospect of running it twice seemed the most ridiculous concept ever, I still didn’t think it would be quite as hard mentally and physically as it was…

So here are some things I wish I’d known before taking on the epic feat;

  • 3 months training is not enough – I only signed up for the marathon at the beginning of January (foolish New Year’s Resolution – must have been drunk) which left me with 14 weeks to train for it. I did have a baseline level of fitness but with injuries creeping in and illness it really didn’t give me much wiggle room. 20 weeks is the recommended amount of time from a base level of fitness, whereas if you’re coming from the couch with no running experience, it’s suggested you take 10-12 months

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MARATHON TAKE 2 – NEW YORK

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Having completed the London Marathon in April 2014 my first thought was “that was utter, utter hell, I am never running another one again”, my second was “oh bollocks, I’m already signed up for the New York Marathon”.

I always said I never wanted a marathon to have an impact on my enjoyment of running, but that’s exactly what London did. Pushing the body beyond the point of listening to what it’s trying to tell you and forcing it to run 26 miles when it’s not in a fit state left me feeling demotivated and the thought of going anywhere near my running trainers filled me with absolute dread.

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WEEK 16: AND HERE’S WHERE ALL YOUR SPONSORSHIP HAS GONE…

Miles run: Whatevs!
Total money raised: A whooping £2667.5

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I said in my last post following the marathon that I wanted to do one more post once I’d been to visit the charity that all you amazing people supported through your sponsorship and this weekend I went down to see the amazing work they are doing. I’m so incredibly proud to have helped raise the above money for such a worth while cause – my only regret being that I didn’t make it down there to see them before I did the run, as know it would have spurred me on even more.

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WEEK 13.9: TRACK ME (39166) TWEET ME, TEXT ME!

Miles run: 1
Yoga: 1
Money raised: £2170 (smashed it – thank you so much everyone!!!)

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And so it’s nearly here. My first ever marathon. I feel waves of excitement and nerves as I force another mouthful of pasta into my mouth (strange when you have to eat food how it suddenly becomes unappealing). I have no idea how it’s going to turn out tomorrow but I’m so glad I’ve made it this far. Having spent yesterday picking up my race number at the London Marathon expo with fellow marathon debutant Urs Stoddart and getting my legs mummified in tape I now feel a little more confident about the big day, and a little more nervous.

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WEEK 13: STICK A NEEDLE IN MY EYE…OR LEG

Miles run: 2
Yoga: 0
Squats: Too many to count
Money raised: £1623

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I’m taking this tapering business very, very seriously and have run a grand total of two miles this week! I’ve badly wanted to run more but know that it’s just going to aggravate my leg and reduce the chance of me (everything crossed) being able to say I’ve run a marathon this time next week. FINALLY!!!

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