Tag: Marathon

Where I'd rather be
Where I'd rather be

Runs: Two

Mood: Freezing cold

Lessons learnt: Thermals are the only way forward

It’s week four of the dreaded marathon training and the freezing temperatures, gale force winds and constant rain are not helping at all.

When I set off at the weekend I wore thermals –  base layers from Damart - which is something I’ve not done since a school-age skiing trip and they are probably the best thing I’ve ever owned. Not only was I warm pretty much throughout the run, they were comfortable and somehow didn’t leave me feeling like a sweaty mess by the end of it.

What I neglected to do in my excitement to get them on was put on gloves which has resulted in my knuckles turning a strange shade of purple and the skin on my hands starting to flake off.

I’ve also had a quick lesson in running nutrition as after my longest run yet of 10 miles, within hours I had developed pretty much the worst stomach cramp of my life which felt like my insides were being slowly twisted with a iron-like wrench. I’m yet to determine the cause but feel like the run is the obvious thing to blame. Next weekend (12 miles!!!) I’ll need to plan things better. 

If you want to help please send your tips to me, anything from what to wear and how to stay warm to the best post-run exercises and stretches and what I should be eating and drinking. You can find me on Twitter at @rebecca_rutt or via email at Becky@whosjack.org. I’m running to raise money for the Stroke Association and you can motivate me (via donations) at my Virgin Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RebeccaRutt

Where I'd rather be
Where I'd rather be

Runs: three

Mood: starting to ache less

Lessons learnt: bananas and peanut butter are food of the Gods

Week three of my marathon training and for the first time I’ve started to feel that running 26 miles might just be achievable. I’ve not managed to go any further so I’m not entirely sure why I’ve had this burst of optimism but whatever the case I’m running with it (sorry).

My gym runs in the week both went well and I’ve managed to heighten my skill of bagging a running machine by pacing towards it and not looking back pretty much as soon as I’ve finished stretching. On Tuesday I was massively put off by two men in neon lycra (it is in Old Street) standing very close to me and watching as I panted away but I wasn’t swayed and focussed instead on Pointless which I’ve eventually started getting into very late to the party.

Immediately after both runs (of 4.5 miles) I then spent 20 minutes on the bikes with the intention of improving my body strength which at the moment is close to zero. Next week my aim is to start going to a yoga class to further this cause and stop me running out of steam before the race day.

The foods which have kept me going (along with several handfuls of cake) are bananas and squeezy peanut butter packets. This might sound a bit gross but trust me, it’s like an intense hit of energy and feels like the sustenance is instantly bringing life back into your muscles.

My longest-ever run of 10.5 miles will be next week and I’m still not really sure where to go without having to stop and start continually when crossing the road. The alternative is 10 laps of Finsbury Park which will kill me. If I survive it I’ll be back next Tuesday to let you know how it went.

If you want to help please send your tips to me, anything from what to wear and how to stay warm to the best post-run exercises and stretches and what I should be eating and drinking. You can find me on Twitter at @rebecca_rutt or via email at Becky@whosjack.org. I’m running to raise money for the Stroke Association and you can motivate me (via donations) at my Virgin Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RebeccaRutt

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Where I'd prefer to be

Runs: three

Mood: still hating running but enjoying the excuse to carb load

Lessons learnt: don’t run after a big night out

Starting off I have to confess – I hate running, it’s dull and boring and on top of all that it’s painful and takes up too much time away from more exciting things such as watching non-stop Nashville, drinking cocktails in a new bar in Old Street, feasting on cheese at La Fromagerie or stuffing my face at Konditor & Cook. 

Despite all this, for some reason I’ve ended up challenging myself to run the London marathon, all 26.2miles of it around London in April – 18 weeks away. Even as I write this I’m in complete denial that I’ll actually have to do it, so much so that it doesn’t even faze me to write this as I’m able to kid myself it’s not actually happening.

Two weeks ago I decided to snap myself out of this cheese-induced fantasy and set a plan to start training. I’ve managed to keep it up so far but am in need of inspiration, motivation and above all help which is where this blog comes into play.

Last week I managed two runs first thing of four and a half miles. Both were sweaty, pain-inducing sessions at the gym where I spent most of the time wishing I was jabbing hot needles into my legs rather than forcing myself to carry on.

By the time Sunday rolled around I was feeling slightly hungover with no desire at all to set off into the cold. Several hours of procrastinating later I ventured out with the Nike running app (purely for the congratulatory message you get from an over-enthusiastic athlete at the end of each run) and managed 10.2km or six and a half miles.

The worst part was running past endless pubs in East London laden with beautiful couples chatting over glasses of red wine. The best - sitting in Finsbury Park stretching out and watching the sunset disappear over London  feeling tired, achy and exhausted but ready for the next run. And knowing I could then follow it by replacing all the calories just burnt with wine and cake while watching Call the Midwife.

If you want to help please send your tips to me, anything from what to wear and how to stay warm to the best post-run exercises and stretches and what I should be eating and drinking. You can find me on Twitter at @rebecca_rutt or via email at Becky@whosjack.org. I'm running to raise money for the Stroke Association and you can motivate me (via donations) at my Virgin Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RebeccaRutt

 

 

Boston MArathonThe security for Sunday’s marathon in central London is to be reviewed after two fatal bomb explosions yesterday at the finish line of the Boston marathon.

The event in London will still go ahead but security is expected to be ramped up.

Three people have been confirmed dead and more than 100 injured in the two explosions at the US event.

Around 375 Brits were taking place in the US race, but there haven’t been any British casualties yet.

Hugh Robertson, the sports minister, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he was "absolutely confident" the London Marathon could be kept safe.

The Met Police will also be on alert for Baroness Thatcher's funeral  tomorrow but they have said  these plans are extensive and that it was a very different event.

On Sunday 36,000 runners will be taking place in the London marathon following the route from Greenwich Park to the Mall.

Image: BBC