Well I think this will be my last post to this blog for a while now, I’ll go back to my main blog site at http://www.cloudzilla.net
My legs are much better today and I was able to walk down the stairs (to get my morning recovery beer and cake) quite easily. Of course I then went back upstairs and spent the entire day working from bed to “aid my recovery”.
It’s a very weird feeling not having a goal and knowing that I don’t have to run again if I don’t want to. I can even eat what I like woohoooo. It’s not exactly a great feeling actually, so I’ll have to set myself some other sort of challenge. Surely no-one has ever stayed on a sofa eating cake for a month, maybe that can be my new goal. Actually the truth is that most of you lot spend your days doing exactly that!
If you’re not considering running a marathon… well you should. It can transform your fitness, your feelings about yourself, how you approach the world *and* you get a medal at the end of it all. I was already a positive person before I started but I surprised myself at how I stuck to my goals and transformed my body.
If you are considering a marathon, then I think these are the most important points I’ve learned…
- Get this excellent marathon book. You might feel that you know what you have to do and that this book can’t teach you anything (I thought exactly that), but it surprises you many times by giving you the right advice when you least expect it.
- You think you can’t run, you hate running, your knees will give up, you have weak joints, you have a paranoid fear of kerbs… none of those things matter so shutup. You just need to give yourself time. For the first 2 months of training do not think about how you’re doing and how much it hurts as you won’t have made enough progress yet, just get on with it. In my case it was a crazy amount of time, something like 8 months, before I finally realised I could run, was actually fit and possibly even enjoying it (a bit).
- Don’t worry about not sticking to your plan to the letter. If you give yourself long enough (i.e. at least 6months, preferably a year) then you can cope with any hiccups. If you manage to run two or three times a week on average then you will be able to achieve your goal.
- You will get injuries, sure. I had loads of niggling injuries in my year but I was convinced in the final months that I was superman. Then my leg gave up on me, but I still made it.
- Take supplements for your joints like these. They really help with clicky, aching joints. When you first start taking them you’ll think they’ve accidently sent you super-size horse suppositories, but after a few months you’ll be able to swallow one without crying.
- Get a Garmin Forerunner and track your results online. It’s a great motivator and will help a lot to keep on track. It was worth every penny.
- I don’t care how old you are or how fast you run. The oldest man at the New York marathon was 88 and it took him over 7hours. Mum, this does not include you, please do not run a marathon (-:
- It will be an achievement you’ll never forget. It will be your achievement, no-one elses and the day of the marathon will be an experience like no other.
- You’ll end up with an ass as nearly as amazing as mine.
Thanks for all the sponsorship and messages of congratulations, I am a Marathoneeeeeer.
p.s. if it looks a bit surprising that I’m smiling (this photo was taken at mile 24) then feel free to accept that the photo below is actually me…