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25
Apr
10

twenty’s plenty

Holy mother of god I’m sore!

I had a plan, a cunning plan it was as cunning as a fox who’s just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University.  It didn’t work.  Basically I read an interesting article on the world wide internet web about the run/walk strategy.  Run for a bit, walk for a bit rather than trying to plod through the whole run non stop.  I tried it, it was going swimmingly 9 minutes of running followed by a minute of walking.  I was powering along, and then I bolloxed my foot.  I don’t know what I’ve done, I don’t remember how I did it but it got sore, then numb, then I got pins and needles in it.  I took my (absolutely honking) sock off and gave it a rub.  I started up and managed about 5 minutes of running before I had to stop.  I was 8 miles from home, cold, wet and annoyed.

You can guess from this post that I made it home but only just.  I ran for a bit, I walked for a bit I hobbled a lot.  The important thing is, I made the full 20 miles.  I didn’t have any water with me so I’m confident that with proper hydration and the cheers and support of a crowd I’ll finish the race.  I’m not so confident I’ll finish it under 4 1/2 hours like I originally hoped.  After I moaned, groaned and cleaned up I checked the London Marathon results.  Those elite runners are taking the piss, 2 fudging hours to run 26 miles how in the name of baby jesus and the orphans do they do it?

So I’m done with the big runs, apart from the obvious Big One.  Next weekend is 10 miles then it gradually tapers down to 2 miles.  They say that training is the hard part and there’s no doubt it is, but those extra 6 miles and 385 yards are going to be utter torture.  I can safely say I never want to train for another marathon again!

30
Mar
10

So, three more big runs to go

As I updated my facebook page to get donations, and my donation page has a link here on it I thought I better fill you in. Don’t worry, I won’t turn up on your doorstep and punch your coupon in. Well, not unless you sponsor me. So the running is going well, I still don’t think I’ve recovered fully from my 16 mile trek the other week!

Last Sunday saw me out for an easy 10 mile run, and it was anything but easy. However, for the first time ever in this training programme I was out in just my shorts and tshirt. The sun was shining and it was a lovely morning, by the afternoon it was pissing with rain of course and it hasn’t stopped since but it is only British Summer Time, don’t expect too much! As the title suggests I have only really got 3 more big runs to do, and that includes the marathon. 18 miles this weekend, then 20 miles 2 weeks after that then my training runs drop right down to 2 miles a few days before The Big Race. Its a thought that should fill me with some positivity, however, I know how sore it was after 16 so each of those big runs is guaranteed to bring me severe pain and suffering, worse than childbirth by all accounts!

I am due to do a couple of small midweek runs this week, in fact this morning I was due to head out but truth be told I’ll be damned if I’m going out in the driving rain and howling wind.  I’ve signed up for my last game of football before the marathon so that’ll be my training for this week.  The easter weekend sees me off for 4 days so along with my 18 miler I may head out for another wee saunter at some point.  My headphones broke, so I have fancy new sports ones bought from Argos for the grand price of 6 pounds.  Money well spent.  I’ve ditched the Nike+ tracks and am back to Girls Aloud’s Greatest Hits and the Top Gun soundtrack.  Let the good times roll, except for Goose.  Silly Goose.  Until next time, toodleoo.

13
Oct
09

toilet trouble

Well not trouble as such but towards the end of my run tonight I really had to go pee, which got me thinking about dealing with the call of nature during the marathon.  Now I’m assuming that there will be plenty of trees along the way, so darting behind one wont be an issue but what if I need a number 2?  I’m as disgusted at that thought as you are, should I down a couple of immodium before the race to keep me blocked up?

Anyway, let’s move on.  Marvin is an idiot, harsh?  Yes, harsh but fair.  If there is a lamppost, or a bollard, to wrap himself round he will do it.  Then he’ll give me this withering look like I’m the idiot, he also likes to knock over traffic cones but I’ll let him away with that as its quite funny.  People are learning about the bins though, ran past a few and by and large they’re out of my way now.  I do have another issue now though, overgrown bushes.  Ladies, take control of this pest and make sure your bush is neatly trimmed.  Rain and spectacles don’t mix well so running along the pavement and getting an unexpected faceful of overgrown bush isn’t pleasant.

Top notch music night tonight, KLF, Camera Obscura, The Charlatans, Eye of the Tiger, The Raconteurs, Johnny Cash, Supergrass and everybody’s favourite girl band: Girls Aloud ah those lovely girls and their loveliness!  I’m off to put my feet up and enjoy a well earned rest day tomorrow.  Night.




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