I've been training hard since October ...in which time I appear to of turned into a non smoking, vegetarian athlete.
When it all started I had just given up smoking (3 months before) and my initial runs were around 10-20 minutes. Over the past 5 months I've been running in the wind, rain, snow and barren areas ...with The London Marathon only 6 weeks away I have already run several half marathons during my training and my longest run to date is 20 miles.
Its been an education not only in running, techniques and coping strategies ...but also an education in how to eat and fuel efficiently and how to overcome and manage injuries. I have been smoke free now for 8 months, have radically changed my diet and feel that I can actually consider myself an athlete.
I completed the race in 1994 in 6 hours as a 23 year old ...I'm twice that age now but with the training and race day adrenaline I am hoping to finish this year in 4-5 hours.
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I am also set to compete in the Maidstone Half Marathon on 18th March and The Edinburgh Marathon on May 27th.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me.