I signed up for another marathon!
Nov16

I signed up for another marathon!

I love the process of training for a marathon. I love the discipline and routine. I love the feeling of getting stronger and the sense of achievement. But, here’s the thing, I also love it when it’s over! Running a marathon is a triumph. A culmination not just of a long, hard morning’s running, but of weeks of hard work. On days when you’re too busy. On days when you don’t feel like running. On days when...

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Newport marathon 2021
Oct28

Newport marathon 2021

After several days and a sleepless night of worrying, I made it to the start line of Newport marathon. Sadly I wasn’t with my husband, who had become ill just the day before. I felt so sorry for him as he had put in all the training. It was going to be his first marathon. On the plus side, he had at least driven me down there. I arrived and immediately joined a toilet queue – which was rather long. I realised I was...

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The marathon paranoia (maranoia)
Oct05

The marathon paranoia (maranoia)

When you’re training for a marathon, it’s never far from your mind. I’m pretty sure I’m not just speaking for myself here, when I say it’s always there. It colours every thought. For me, I’m always thinking ahead to the next run and the one after that. How far, how fast? Do I need to eat more the day before? Will I have to start work late? Putting appointments into my calendar, I realised they...

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Marathon training: The bad cold
May02

Marathon training: The bad cold

On Easter Sunday, exactly two weeks before Newport marathon, I woke up with a sore throat. It was surprising and unexpected, as well as being pretty uncomfortable, but I wasn’t worried about it. As the day wore on, it eased and I forgot all about it. Then I woke up with the sore throat for SIX consecutive days. By Easter Monday, I had a bad cold. I was a snotty, sneezing mess. The snot and the sneezing carried on into Tuesday....

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Marathon training: Learning to pace myself
Mar05

Marathon training: Learning to pace myself

I’m running my first marathon at Newport in May and having to teach myself about running all over again. One thing I’ve learned from reading about marathon running and marathon training is that you MUSTN’T GO OFF TOO FAST. Going off too fast is just what I do. I do it at parkrun and I do it in half marathons. I figure I might as well push myself while I’ve got the energy and get a few fast metres or miles in...

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