Countdown To the London Marathon
Hills, streams, canals and Paris - all part of Rich Barker's Marathon training
The days are supposed to be getting warmer, but I can't say that I have noticed much over the past 2 weeks! My running has however improved significantly (everything is relative) and I have been out for a few 7 miles runs a 9 mile run with a friend up and down a mountain (well a hill in Surrey - but mainly through mud and very cold streams) and a lovely (!) 14 mile run along the canal between Paddington and Greenford.
Unfortunately I missed out on the 'long run' in my training schedule this weekend due to a pre-organised trip to Paris to watch the France v Wales rugby match - although it was a good weekend away, and I feel a s tired as if I have run a full marathon.
Next up is to try some interval training - and hopefully now that the mornings and evenings are both seeing more light either side of the working day, I should be able to get out for longer runs during the week.
Also - still planning a run with the Ealing Eagles - but due to a slight hearing problem (possibly due to running with bud-style headphones and not allowing the sweat to escape), I have a couple of blocked ears at the moment, so running is a bit uncomfortable, until I get them seen to this coming Wednesday. Everyone says that you find pain in places you never think existed when you start running, and I must say that having some blocked ears due to running is a bit odd.
I got my running number yesterday - a sudden realisation that thing is actually going to happen.
I will keep you all updated on my progress, which I hope will be
This week's motivational comment to myself: "Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up." ? Dean Karnazes
13th February 2012