Marks London Marathon Blog #5 17 Miles and Counting

I thought I’d summarise the last few weeks of Marathon training in one blog rather than giving you a step by step detail of every run I’ve completed! I’ve now logged around 250km since the start of the year, which impressed me if no one else.

Weeks 5, 6 and 7 of the training plan has pretty much been on point. I’ve completed every run as per my plan, so I’m feeling much more positive, if a little stiff! The good news is that my long run has now increased to 17 miles. However, the bad news is that a Marathon is another 9.2 miles on top of that. Given the condition of my legs after 17, I now have the sudden realisation that I still have a very long way to go!

The weather in February has been pretty cold, with plenty of sub-freezing runs. So getting out there and completing the miles has required high levels of self-motivation at times. But I always think back to why I’m actually doing this and that soon extinguishes any self-doubt or laziness. My fund raising is still trickling in and I am now only £350 from my £1500 target.

Onto Week 8 – Officially half way through my training plan and my legs aren’t happy. My calves are really starting to feel it and after Sundays longish run I have an acute pain in my left knee! So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s not too serious. I attempted my planned run this morning but my knee was too painful. So it’s lots of mobility and stretching this week. I managed to get a last minute sports massage booked in today, so I’m hopeful that also helps!

If all goes to plan this weekend’s long run is scheduled for 18 miles and the following weekend it’s my second preparation event, 20 miler in Milton Keynes. Three people have mentioned the Everest like hill at the end, so I guess that’s something to look forward too!

Another inspirational story this week, a new gym member John. In his late 60’s, recently retired and feeling a bit demotivated with being inactive and lacking energy. He’s already logged 7 visits in 10 days and he says it’s already changed his life! “This could start to get addictive” Love his attitude. Just goes to show you’re never too old to start and feel the benefits of exercise.