Marathon News 2014
It’s just two weeks on Sunday until the London Marathon. A few weeks back I upped my training and have been out running a lot more – but not as much as I should have been though to be honest.
I got a bit scared last week when I received my race pack through the post from the organisers which included a magazine with lots of useful info about the event like registering before the day, where to go, where to meet up with friends and family when you’ve finished and a whole section on training.
It was reading the training bit that worried me – apparently I should have already been on my longest training run and should be ‘tapering’ now in the countdown to the big day (tapering is basically running less after doing your biggest run so that you’re not fatigued by the time you run the event). But… on the day I received the pack I was preparing to go for a 9 mile run so I upped it a bit and completed 16 miles. Last week was my longest run – 20 miles from home to Dudley then to Birmingham and onto the canal at the NIA for a quieter route home.
Getting the 20 miles out of the way has made me feel a lot better, I didn’t feel too bad at the end of it. My old knees hurt but I think the advice of taking painkillers before my run helped and maybe the introduction of energy gels every 4 miles played a part too.
So now I’m feeling a bit more upbeat about it and I’m really looking forward to Sunday 13th April. I’ve still got to put in the miles before then – I’ve done a 7 miler today at lunchtime and I’m planning on something over 10 miles again this weekend – but the hard bits are over. It’s just the 26 miles to do on the day.
I’m eating well too – most of the time and I’ve cut down on the beer. All what I should be doing anyway really so signing up for the marathon has made me realise that I need to change my lifestyle – a little. I’m looking forward though to a couple of fine ales and a big massive pizza after the marathon.
I know I’ve got to do another six miles on top of my longest run but I know on the day with the crowds and adrenaline pumping that will get me over the finish line – that and knowing that my own personal support crew will be there waiting for me at Mile 25 and knowing that really make me push harder for the last few miles.
Sexy new vest
I haven’t done much in terms of asking for sponsorship for this… yet but expect that to ramp up a little in the next couple of weeks. Again I’ll be raising money for the CF Trust.
If you’ve already sponsored me for Tough Guy – please don’t feel like you have to sponsor me again. Unless you’re mega rich.
I’ve now got a sexy yellow vest to run in – courtesy of the CF Trust. If you’re watching on the telly look out for me. I think I might have my name printed on the vest – it’s good when you get random strangers calling out your name and spurring you on.
I’ve also set up a text code thingy so that you can donate via text message.
If you want to donate by text just send a message to 70070 saying MJLM74 £3
That’s it! It is both easy and peasy.
If you want to donate a different amount to £3 change the number to whatever you want :)
For example- say you wanted to donate a tenner you’d get your phone out put 70070 as the number to send a text message to and then type in MJLM74 £10 and click the send button.
You got it? No, OK – let’s say you thought what I was doing was so amazing that you wanted to sponsor me twenty of your hard earned English pounds – what would you do? Yes, that’s right – you’d text MJLM74 £20 to 70070 – clever eh! Glad you’ve got is sussed now :)
I really hope I don’t cheese everyone off with asking for sponsorship but it’s a cause very close to my heart and knowing that there’s a big pot of money to give towards research for a cure and treatment after I’ve finished the marathon really, really helps when my legs are aching and I’m thinking of reasons to give up. Every penny and every pound is very much appreciated by me, the charity and all the people affected by CF.
Oh – I nearly forgot to say…. A big WELL DONE to my mom Jane, my son Harry and nieces Ellie and Emilie for taking part in the Sport Relief mile last weekend at Sandwell Valley in West Bromwich. Go Team Johnson!