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The London Marathon Club

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

  • Terry Blyth

By Terry Blyth

We’re now into February and my training has been going really well. I’ve been getting my major running inspiration from a book called The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer, by David A. Whitsett. It's an American styled book that has lots of confidence-building exercises to help you mentally if you are struggling to keep motivated with your training, and physically to keep yourself going. Reading this has really helped me maintain a good running style and mental strength which I think has really helped to push me through my training.

The night time training runs during the week have improved dramatically from it being dark and not looking forward to them at all, to producing some of my best times if I train at this time.

I’ve recently completed my furthest training run where I got up to 16 miles in one session. After this, it is only one more step to 18 miles, and that according to the book is the furthest training run you should do in the build up to your marathon! I can feel the strength in my legs now, and hopefully all the initial pains have gone away for good, so I can stay focused and keep training.

If someone had told me when I first started this training, ‘you will be able to run 32 miles in four runs in just one week’, I would have gladly taken that bet knowing there was no way my body was going to be able to run anywhere near three miles! I guess that’s another element of this training; you can look back and say, yes I have got this far, I can go on and I can do this.

Moving forward, I'm now looking forward to take on the Silverstone Half Marathon in March as my practice run before the big day, hopefully this experience would stand me in good stead for the big one!

Anyone out there that’s struggling with the training, my advice is to stay with it, focus on that finish line and the think about how good you are going to feel when you pass it (a bit of advice from the book!)

When you cross the finish line you enter that club, that not only says you have run a marathon, but the LONDON marathon, yes!!!

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    Toni Ruskin March 15 at 11:55am

    Lovely to meet you at the silverstone half! Hope you got on okay and il be reading your blogs for inspiration!

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