training week 14 - recovery

My week has consisted of no running what so ever and a decent amount of stretch and strengthening exercises. And of course, foam rolling, which I very much have a love and hate relationship with.

Oxford trip

On Thursday I went on a mini adventure to Oxford (my first time there!) because I was taking part of a debate panel at the SAE institute discussing Record Store Day.

SAE institute

Might not look like a lot of people turned up, but they ended up being around 30-40 people in total which is pretty decent if you ask me! Had loads of fun doing the panel, hopefully I’ll be able to do more of these things in the future!


Then after about 4 hours sleep it was time to head up to Derby to celebrate Easter. My mum had sent a package from Sweden with goodies and for the first time in many years I was able to make a Påskris which ended up looking pretty nice!

Easter present!

She also sent me two Easter presents that I love! One that Im wearing here and another t-shirt that I’m sure I’ll show off at a later date.

Strawberries and cherry beer

I have to admit that we’ve been pretty spoiled up here with lots of lovely food and drink. But since I’m not running I have tried to take it easy and not indulge too much!

mini buns with duck pate

I took Friday off but for the past two days Ive been spending most of my time working on my MA project – so in a way, it has been quite good for my conscious not having to run as I don’t feel bad about doing work instead of running when Im injured.

Walking around Dunstall Estate

However, after 3 straight days inside I decided it was time to get some fresh air as it usually helps me think and get some ideas/see things from a different perspective.

Cute cows

We went for a walk at Dunstall Estate and had a guided tour by Sam’s uncle who works there. We also visited the farm there to see all the baby cows and sheep.

Adorable little sheep!

Why is it that baby animals, not matter what kind, are always so damn cute?! These two were pretty brave compared to the ones we met out in the fields on our walk.

cheeky cows

Got to meet some very cheeky cows as well, didn’t realise she was poking her tongue out at me until afterwards when we were heading back home!

Sam in a tractor

Sam checked out his uncles tractor – it was huge and had loads of fancy functions that I didn’t understand a single word about!

Sam & Orsi

And that’s pretty much what has been going on this past week!

I have so much to do these coming 3 weeks before the marathon so I won’t be doing much apart from working on my MA that is due the same day we fly out to Copenhagen, and hopefully ease myself back into running without causing more knee issues.

Hopefully doing my longest ever run this week, and then it’s tapering time. So fingers crossed I can ease myself into it again with this plan:



WED: 5 miles very slowly – DONE but it hurt a bit after 4 miles
FRI: 10 miles very slowly but only if 5 miler goes ok – DECIDED TO REST
SAT: 20 miles very slowly but only if 10 miler goes ok – DONE but with the help of pain killers after 13-14 miles
SUN: Swim – Not done

MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 14: Injured but determined!

Oh the irony of life…! The last couple of weeks I was feeling a bit deflated when it came to marathon training. Then I ran 16 miles with  and kicked off Week 13 of training feeling super optimistic and proud of what my body and legs can accomplish.

training week 13 - 1

The 5 mile run on Tuesday felt like a breeze and it was the first time in a long time I felt fit, in form and generally positive about my running. The knee niggles and soreness that I experienced on my long run returned after 4.5 miles, but I was hoping it was just from tiredness and not something serious.

training week 13 - RICE knees

Having learned from previous mistakes of over-training and injury, I RICE-d (Rest/Ice/Compress/Elevate) my knees as soon as I got in and hoped for the best.

training week 13 - 2

The following day I set out to do 9 miles but the knee niggles came back around 4.5 miles again, and I knew that I would be a fool if I pushed through. I stopped at 5 miles, a bit heavy hearted and sad. I was running super strong and confident for the first 4 miles, so it felt like a bit if a confidence blow to have silly knee niggles stopping me from running.

I decided to be sensible on Thursday and skipped my 4 mile run to let my knees rest. I was hoping that RICE-ing and resting for a few days would mean that I could take on the 18 miler on the weekend with confidence and a big smile on my face.

training week 13 - 4

Saturday approached and as me and Cata set out to do our 18 miles I have to say that it was amazing running weather (sunny with some cloud, cold with a light breeze). We decided to do a reversed and slightly different route than our usual long one to accommodate my poor knees, incorporating less steep / long hill stretches and more parks.

Spring was definitely in the air, and even though I made the stupid mistake of (yet again) leaving my breakfast too close to my run, I was really enjoying it. As we ran through New Cross Gate and Peckham I couldn’t help but to smile and feel a sense of pride of how far we had come since the beginning of our training 11-13 weeks ago.

I started my training in mid January this year struggling to make it past 1 mile, and now I was about to casually run 5 more miles than what it takes to complete a half marathon!! Oh yes, not only was I a little bit smug and proud, but for the first time in a very long time, I was enjoying the feeling of running and the thought of the many miles ahead.

But then the pain in my knees kicked in between 4½-5 miles and I was faced with a dilemma – I could either carry on running and ignore the pain, whilst potentially hurting myself so much I would miss out on the marathon OR I could swallow my damn pride (and the fear of not being prepared enough come race day) and stop running.

A lot of thoughts rushed through my head for the following 3,3 miles, but in the end, I decided nothing was worth putting my well-being and race day at risk, so I stopped 8,3 miles in.

Annoyed, disappointed, sad, angry, jealous and defeated are just a few words that describes how I felt as I said goodbye to Cata by Oval tube station. I never thought I would be jealous of anybody having to run 18 miles (for “fun”) – yet there I stood on the platform, waiting for the train with a big lump in my throat.

As I shed a few tears being my sunglasses I realised how much this journey means (and has meant) to me, how determined I am to make it to the end, and how badly I want to run this marathon.

Those 26,2 miles might scare me to the core of my being, but the thought of not being able to run them due to injury that was a result of my own stupidity and stubbornness scare me even more.

So with that in mind, the plan for the next 10 days are as follows:


  • RICE
  • Foam roll
  • Do strengthening exercises to improve knees and related body parts
  • Stretch
  • Rest

I Do Not Run

“Run Dem Crew is a 200 person strong collective of creatives with a passion for running and exchanging ideas. I Do Not Run attempts to capture the spirit of one of the most influential crews in the global urban running movement. The film documents a 12 month period as Run Dem Crew prepare to race the London and San Francisco marathons.”

Run Dem Crew presents I Do Not Run is a film by my very talented, funny, smart and totally drop dead gorgeous running friend Lina Caicedo.

Safe to say that if it wasn’t for these people and this amazing movement, I would probably not be boring you to death with loads of pictures and posts about training for my first ever marathon at the moment.

Actually, to be fair, I probably wouldn’t be running at all if it wasn’t for Charlie Dark, Bangs and the love, help and support from RDC & our global friends!

Big up Lina and everybody else involved in making this short film about Run Dem happen. It brought a lot of happy tears to my eyes.

If you want to see what Run Dem is all about, why not join us at MILE 21 this Sunday as we cheer people on at the London Marathon!

We will be standing on both sides of the road from about 9:30am by

Docklands Tyres & Exhausts
767 Commercial Rd
London, E14 7HG

The nearest tube is Mile End or Limehouse on the DLR – I would recommend you to walk from Limehouse as its much quicker!