I am a marathon runner!
It’ still strange saying that and it’s still sinking in, what an achievement it is.
It’s been a hell of a journey, here’s my attempts at giving you some insight.
The journey to my marathon
I started my running adventure on Monday, 10th July 2017. I’d been a Hash House Harrier in my early 20’s but that is more drinking than running.
- 40 weeks of training
- Running 4 days per week
- twice a week gym sessions
- +1800 miles covered
- +100 hours of workouts done
- 14 yoga sessions (11 hot yoga at Sweat Studio)
- 8 Sports Massages (ouch, ouch & ouch with Ani & Jai)
- 6 coaching sessions (Epic support from Sheila Rose)
- 3 weeks of rest & recovery from injury (all part of the course)
- 2 sports watches
- Lots of wraps with humous
And all done in these:
“A marathon is too long for nothing to go wrong” – The Run Experience
This is the Valleys & Views event by the Long Distance Walking Association (LDWA)
with the Waendal Walkers
- 26.5 miles
- self navigated
- 4 water stops (tea & cake at 3 of them)
I had the honour and pleasure to have my friend and training partner, Julian, to join me on the marathon.
He’s a hugely experienced ultra runner and the crazy fool had done 42 miles across the Derbyshire Dales (cycling) the day before as part of his Iron Man training…. Gotta love him right?!
We knew this could get tough
When this was one of the easier sections:
So… my sandals broke! Yup, up, yup so what do I do?
- return to the start?
- carry on until the next check point and see if someone has some spare shoes?
- Contact Alexe and see if she can bring me some wellies?
Nah – I ran barefoot!!
And to add insult to injury – somewhere along the line, I lost my punch card
Oh well, I had a camera and selfies are a thing now apparently!
Check point 1
Check point 2
Cute lambs or roast dinner?
Just for Sheila
Check point 3
They found my ticket!! Thank you to Jackie for finding it.
Where are we going?
Yes, we ran down that – bloody steep hill at the end!
Mile 27 – the finish!
This was not your usual, easy or straight forward run but when is life ever that way!
Here’s the altimeter readings for the route:
And the final time:
If you are curious as to what your feet look like after 23+ miles….
Onwards and upwards
I’m still in shock that I’ve done it. It wasn’t easy but I grinned from start to finish – so much fun!
What’s next? Rest & Recovery first, my knee is hurting but not as much as before.
I need to get it sorted and have a proper review of whether 46miles is possible by November. I think so but I must be realistic.
Another marathon – hell yes! Maybe a little flatter 🙂
A massive thank you to Sheila & Julian for their incredible support through out this journey. Lastly, thank you to Alexe for putting up with this crazy fool.
Until the next adventure… Pass on the smiles!
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