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I did it!

So on Sunday I managed to complete the Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of the Bhopal Medical Appeal. Thanks to those who supported me on the day, those who sponsored me and everyone at the Bhopal Medical Appeal for giving me the opportunity and all the encouragement that they did. I finished in 3 hours 41 minutes and 20 seconds. I was ranked 8,489th out over 39,000 finishers which put me in the top quartile of participants. I overtook almost a quarter of the field during my run. It was 11 and a half minutes faster than my previous personal best and well inside my...
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Time to taper

On Saturday I ran my longest run before the London Marathon itself. A 22 mile slog through the midday heat. Normally I count early April sunshine as a blessing but, as someone who has trained in the frost, ice and rain of a British winter I found myself cursing the sun with each mile that went by, especially after mile 12 when I could feel myself slowing more and more. The actual temperature was probably less than 15 degrees Celsius, but if felt like double that. At one point I had to ask a Good Samaritan washing his boat to top up my water bottle with his hosepipe. By the...
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Close, but still far away

Last week I passed my fundraising target for the Bhopal medical appeal. First of all a big thanks to everyone who has sponsored me, and thanks in advance to anyone who plans to sponsor me. I’m especially privileged because I passed my fundraising target over a month before the event itself which, on the one hand, means that the pressure to meet my target has eased a little. But on the other hand it means that there is still scope to make even more money for the charity than I’d hoped. To sum up in two seemingly mutually exclusive cliches: “the hard work...
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Run streaks and marathon training

I was sad to read this week that legendary runner Ron Hill’s running streak had finally come to an end. Most people might have missed the story, buried as it was beneath the Trump and Brexit headlines that have become the focal point of the media for much of the last year. I myself had only come to hear of Ron, and running streaks in general, in December when I discovered my sister had embarked on a streak of her own. For the uninitiated a running streak isn’t about taking your clothes off and going for a jog (something I’ve had to explain to half a...
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Marathon training some hints and tips

My formal marathon training began this week. I say formal because although I’ve been running most weeks in preparation this week saw my official training schedule begin. When formal training begins it feels like there’s a step change. Suddenly the prospect of running a marathon becomes very real and the commitment expected is daunting. I was certainly daunted when I saw that my first training day was on January 1st and I didn’t relish having to run off my New Year’s Eve excesses, but thankfully it turned out to be a designated rest day… My...