I have decided to complete a weekly blog mapping out my progress in the build up to running in the 2018 London Marathon, my training plan will of course include running with two key races already planned in – Barcelona half marathon early February & the East Hull 20 late March, it will also include my joint first love Bodyattack, I first stumbled across attack about 5 years firstly thinking it was going to be to dancy, however i love the high energy moves which can burn around 600 calories per class & gets the heart rate peaking around 160/170, this class I find compliments my running great & finally core strength & leg workouts these sessions are vital to me with my previous issues with my back & legs. Ever since I secured a club place I have been thinking about what time I want to do, at the moment I’m thinking around 3.15 to 3.20 but might reassess further in to my training. Blog started week commencing 1st January.
After a great Saturday night out, Sunday morning dawned. A peep out of the curtains and it seemed to be a lovely sunny day. Ok up, have breakfast and let’s get to Costello. We got out of the car and it was sunny but freezing cold. I looked at Richard and said “You don’t want to do this do you?” “No I have got no enthusiasm for this at all” came the reply. Good start!
There has been many a time this year when I have thought about quitting running due to ongoing back problems & sciatica symptoms, however my determination to succeed & not be a quitter plus my love of going to that place when you think you can give no more but can kept me going. I think the turning point came in September when I saw my neuro surgeon who referred me for a nerve root block injection to ease the pain referral down my leg, oddly finding this out seemed to ease my pain maybe it was the relief that finally something was going to be done about it.
It was about 4•C and the stiff breeze was from the north,which gave a sharp contrast to the bright sunshine and blue sky. Behind the start line eager runners waited for the count down and I turned around to look at them all , nervous, impatient, happy and relaxed, every emotion representative in the expressions on 2000 faces.