100 days to go!

IMG_9265All this training and preparation is starting to kick up a notch. Am I excited, overwhelmed, enthusiastic or just in denial? Well, It depends what time of day you ask me!

There’s so much to start thinking about and every time I pick up a running magazine the information I get is different to the last. I’m not sure how much I really need to pay attention to or how much of it is overkill?

While I get my head round the ins and outs of staying hydrated before, during and post run, what food I should be eating, what combination of running sessions I should be doing and at what pace, I thought now would be a good time to ask for a favour.

Even though I have a ballot place this year, I would still like to run the marathon for a good cause. Actually, two good causes. They are two amazing charities and I have picked them because they’re both close to my heart. If you can spare the money, however small the amount please consider helping me to raise money for Mind and JDRF by making a donation to my fundraising page.

Claire’s London Marathon fundraising page

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Every now and then…

Every now and then the stars align. Something magical happens and you have a really great run.

I’ve had a few struggles with my training of late, and I clung to the hope that one day all the hard work would start to click and fall into place and I would finish a run feeling on top of the world. As each run passed I almost became subconsciously resigned to the idea that this is just how my runs were going to be from now on – a struggle, and even painful at times.

So on Tuesday evening I was caught completely off guard. I was spurring myself on for an evening run throughout the day which is unusual in itself. I got out after work and as soon as I started running I could tell. This, was going to be a good one.

Mentally I felt great, breathing was steady and not too heavy, pacing was spot on. My legs weren’t heavy, my calves didn’t get tight and there was next to no pain in the arch of my foot. Even the weather was pretty perfect. Can I get a WOOP WOOP.

I’m so grateful for the timing of this uplifting run. The Virgin Money London Marathon have started to send out their acceptance or rejection magazines to everyone who entered the ballot earlier this year. Having such a good run under my belt (finally!) has given me some much needed motivation to tackle this training head on and really go for it.