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Training Begins – 2013 London Marathon

Posted by DarrenG on October 04, 2012

Time for an update on my training schedule. Following a tip I bought ‘The Non-Runners Marathon Trainer‘ book and it’s already proved to be a great help. I’ll be  following their 16-week training program running which involves 4 runs per week.

Over the summer I’ve followed the C25k (couch to 5km’s) program which aims to take a non-runner from zero to 3miles in 8 weeks. I found the program superb, especially when coupled with GetRunning’s superb iPhone app (see here). But, the 16-week program assumes you can run 5 miles and so I’m now following a further 4-week build up phase which will bring me up to speed for the start of the 16-week plan. In total you need 5 months pre-event to follow this program and I’ve got six so should be OK.

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I’m in!! – 2013 London Marathon 1

Posted by DarrenG on September 27, 2012

My last blog post, way back in May, was about the London Marathon and my decision to try my luck for a place in next year’s event. With over 100,000 entries every year for the 30,000 places, all entries go into a ballot.

Well this morning Mr Postman delivered the result and against all the odds I’m in! I’ve secured a place in the 2013 Virgin London Marathon, runner number 2676.  I’m amazed, delighted, scared, worried and eager all at the same time.

Fortuitously I’d started training a few weeks back so it looks like I’ll be spending this winter getting into some sort of shape to complete the course. I’m not expecting to break any records, if I can reach the finish I’ll be chuffed and if I can do so before the army of workers take down the barriers and start clearing the course, better still.

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How hard can it be??? – 2013 London Marathon

Posted by DarrenG on May 06, 2012

It’s that time of year where thousands of unfit and wholly unprepared idiots decide to enter the London marathon. And this year I’m one of them!

My sister has done it, but she’s a health and sports nut and did it in some insanely decent time. But also, my brother-in-law has done it, and he’s a chain smoking, fast food eating, skin and bone freak. So surely there is hope for me?  I’m neither a fitness freak nor a smoker (anymore) nor skin and bone. Well I am, there is lots of skin, and lots of flesh underneath, but the normal amount of bone if you exclude the extra bit I grew a few years back.

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