Wow so I’m now in the final week of my London Marathon journey and with just four days to go both the excitement and the nerves have reached their crescendo (I hope)! At this point it’s impossible to convey the huge mix of emotions surrounding this event and the months of training that have led everyone to their own finale at the London Marathon. Training for London and any marathon involves much more than simply running!
My last run was on Saturday and I did 10 miles, cutting my usual route through two beautiful local parks short and having a valid reason to avoid any further hills, hooray! I did come home sporting quite an impressive blister for some reason though (a total mystery as my footwear is the same) however with the help of some castor oil this seems to be subsiding already.
This week I will do NO RUNNING and only a very short, steady cross training session which feels very strange and almost counter intuitive but I know this is the best preparation possible for my body. It has also made me realise that I hate not exercising and my first night in front of the TV continuing to ice my foot left me slightly twitchy and facing a terrible nights sleep as I just didn’t feel tired. However I’m going to try and embrace it for the rest of the week and will line up some good books and TV to see me through. Also as the weather looks so warm the rest of the week it might even mean I can sit outside in the evenings which is a bit nicer than the thought of being cooped up inside all day. Contrary to the wishes of the rest of the population I’m really hoping the predicted heat wave particularly in London this week takes a downward spiral with some clouds and perhaps even some light drizzle just for Sunday morning!
Tune in and watch the magic unfold from 8.30am on Sunday morning on BBC1. The start times are as follows:
- 08:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races
- 09:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulant races
- 09:15 – The Elite Women’s Race
- 10:00 – The Elite Men’s Race, British Athletics & England Athletics Marathon Championships and Mass Race
Good luck to all my fellow runners and don’t forget to enjoy the experience, one of my running friends reassured me with the most positive message; ‘you’ve done all the hard work in training just see this as your victory lap.’
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