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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My mum’s a runner!

Words I never thought I would say, but she is! When we started her on a running program my goal was to get her to run 5km in under 35 minutes. When I shared this with mum her reaction was along the lines of ‘ha, yeah right!’.

Check out our run from this weekend:

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This is an amazing achievement for someone who has barely even run for a bus before, and it allowed me to lay some good foundations for my training. I worked it out and there are 50 weeks and 5 days until Marathon day…! If we assume that my current comfort level of training is 5km, and I want to have run at most 22miles in training before the big day including tapering, then I need to be increasing my ‘long’ runs by 0.4 miles every week. That’s 2112 ft. or 643.74 metres. That seems doable?

Another added benefit of training my mum is that focusing on her progress has helped me to become more structured in setting goals and planning how to achieve them. 50 weeks is a heck of a long lead up to a race, and I could easily lose sight of my goal in this time. So I’m going to set myself some mini milestone goals over the next year, and try and book some races in to fit around these goals. Seems simple enough!

Right now though I’m doing a ’30 day challenge’ at the hot yoga studio, which is where you pay a discounted monthly fee and you get to try out as many classes as you want in those 30 days, no commitment. There’s two weeks left so that’s my main focus for the next two weeks – get the most out of my money as possible!