So I started marathon training last week and wow, let me tell you, it is HARD when you haven’t been active for around 5 months.

I always thought going from sofa to finish line was the most difficult thing, but having done it myself 2 years I have to say that I don’t agree.

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Please don’t get me wrong, as I am not saying that the journey from sofa to finish line is easy, because it wasn’t easy by any means! But in comparison to what I am going through at the moment, mentally that journey wasn’t as demoralising.

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What I mean by that is – I am a person who in the space of one and a half year ran six half marathons and six 10K races –  of which the majority was FOR FUN. And now I am finding myself in the situation where I really struggle to run beyond one mile.

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I’ve been in this position before, but that was in the very beginning when I had never run before, so every mile clocked was a massive achievement for me. Now I know that I have been able to run a half marathon without stopping and without great difficulty, so my confidence is taking a complete battering when I can’t even run a mile without feeling like my lungs will explode (don’t even get me started on the speed I have lost…)

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It makes me really sad and angry that I have allowed myself to get this out of shape again. But then I remember the reasons why it has happened, and I try not to be too hard on myself. It’s just very hard when every run so far has been a massive struggle and I can just feel how Im overweight and flabby…

Hopefully it will get a bit easier as the weeks go by, and in the mean time I will just have to work harder on silencing that voice of doubt in my mind.

MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 2

MON: 3 miles – Done
TUE: Strength training – Done
WED: 3 miles – Done
THU: Strength training & 3 miles – Done
FRI: REST – Done
SAT: Cross training – No cross training
SUN: 7 miles – Done

Wish me good luck!

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Hi guys!

I know I haven’t really spoken much about it on the blog (trust me, that will change!), but today marks the OFFICIAL START of my marathon training.

As some of you might know, me and Sam gave Cata a marathon place for her birthday  with the aim of us all running the race together.

It will take place in Copenhagen (Denmark) on the 18th May 2014 (6 days after I hand in my final MA project!!) and Im super nervous and excited about taking on this massive challenge with my two of the very best people in the world.

Im using one of Hal Higdon’s novice marathon training plans as a base for my training, so this week will more or less look like this as I ease myself into running & training in general.

MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 1

MON: REST Done
TUE: Strength training & 3 miles – Done
WED: 3 miles – Done
THU: Strength training & 3 miles – Done
FRI: REST – Done
SAT: 6 miles – Done
SUN: Cross training or short recovery run – Rested

I’ve never run further than 14 miles in my life so I have a feeling this will be a long and painful journey, but if it’s anything like the journey to my first half marathon, it will definitely build character and have a lifelong impact.

So stay tuned…