If it is not one thing it is another! These last few weeks I have been full of cold. Although the cold has impacted on the running I have been out on my bike a few times which I think is keeping the legs going without causing me too much in the way of problems with breathing. Cycling is also less of an impact on the knees and ankles.
Hull Marathon was last week and my friend Baz was running it. I was supposed to do it with him but what with the Achilles problem and the recent cold I didn’t want to scupper my chances for London. We cycled into Hull and found Baz at the 22 miles mark. We cycled with him the rest of the way which was great fun and I think it really spurred Baz on. We will both be in London with our #teambimble supporters cheering us on all the way.
So now I need to start checking off all the marathon things I need to do, I have ironed the letters of my name onto my running vest. I have decided on the socks I want to wear this time. Last time the sock kept running down and I suffered quite badly with blisters. Campsite is booked. I will be checking in at Excel on the Friday afternoon if anyone is up for a meet-up?
For anyone else doing the marathon here are my top tips:
On the day before:
• Drink plenty of water.
• Take off your rings – your hands may swell and it is a nightmare to get the rings off the morning of the run.
• Get your kit ready. Include a treat in your bag, I take a mars bar. Also worth including some flip flops because if you take your trainers off you may not get them back on!
• Fill in the contact details on your running number.
• Trim your toenails!
• Charge up your electronic gadgets – watch, phone, music player.
• Get an early ish night
On the day:
• Have a good breakfast, don’t eat anything new!
• Get on your way early, the public transport system gets really busy.
• Make sure you have a small pot of sun lotion with you.
• Make sure you Vaseline where needs doing!
• Take some plasters with you for any blisters, if you get them from St Johns you need to fill in a form which wastes valuable time. They will let you use their chairs to put your own plasters on.
• I also took a bottle of water and a banana to keep me going whilst we were hanging around for the start.
• Last time I did the marathon it drizzled, take a bin bag to keep you dry after you have dropped your bag off.
• Every time you see a loo without a queue, use it! The next one will have a massive queue.
• Above all, enjoy the day. The crowds are amazing; Londoners really do themselves proud on Marathon day.
So, onto fundraising for that is the main reason for this madness! I have passed the amount I need to raise for the FSID gold bond place but obviously I want to smash the amount I raised last time. I have been in touch with a local pub to do a Hog Roast in the next month of so. My son’s school is doing a dress down day next term which obviously makes me the coolest Mum ever! As ever I am pushing the justgiving links on facebook, twitter and through mailing lists at work.
I am overwhelmed by the kindness of people, including people that don’t even know me but are touched by the death of a child so want to see me do well.
If it doesn’t do me in, I shall write up a post-marathon analysis. Thanks for reading over these last few months.
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