Dare I Say?

Eleven years ago I ran my first marathon, a year and a half after taking up running. I got this book out of the library (pre Google days!)

IMG_3728after reading it I entered London, then it was FLM. I failed to get a place through the ballot, instead got a Golden bond place from Cancer Research. This book made me believe it was possible to complete 26.2 miles, without it I doubt I would have ever entered, but enter it I did and completed also, not bad for a non-runner.

Fast forward 11 years and I am training again and about to read the book weekly for the sixth time. The training plan itself is just one to get you round, it contains no speedwork, no hill work, just four runs a week. But it works. Anything that could turn this non-runner in to a marathoner in 16 weeks is believe me nothing short of a miracle worker. Even though I am not following the plan, this time, which is a shame as this week it calls for this

  • 3 miles
  • 5 miles
  • 3 miles
  • 8 miles

instead I am doing this

  • 4 miles
  • 7 miles including 12 x 30 secs repeats up hill
  • 6 mile steady
  • 8 miles with 100/200m fartlek
  • 14 miles off road

(Off to work out, why I’m not following the book plan!)

I read a chapter every week, the tips, mind exercises, and general advice are fantastic and for me invaluable. After all this running lark is 50 % legs 50 % mind.

Week Four chapter tells me I am 25% there! Yay! It goes on to talk about confidence. They say if you act confident and optimistic then you will begin to feel confident and optimistic. Makes sense, right? So working on this theory I will say…………………….

that training is going really well, I am enjoying it, the hills are getting easier, the body recovering well, I am running strong.

(now I just need to uncross my fingers!)





About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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11 Responses to Dare I Say?

  1. I too wish I was following that plan after just doing those horrible hill repeats tonight !!

  2. CeeJayKay says:

    Aww that sound so kewl! And the fact that you’re enjoying it us fab Shazpops!!!! You are going to SMASH IT!!!! Go girl!!!! Inspirational x

  3. Go Shaz! You are going to be wonderful in the marathon! That books sounds like something I need 🙂

    • shazruns says:

      It is fabulous, each week there is a mental thing and a physical thing. As well as comments from those that have followed the plan. Super easy reading, really recommend.

  4. mawil1 says:

    I love this book! I keep re reading it too – and I find something new every time. It’s like all the right advice is there, but it only really calls out to you when you need it. Lots of other books are great for giving you dreams and ambitions, but this book calls out to you like a friend on your level😊😊

    • shazruns says:

      Oh well said. That’s why I love it full of common sense, technical free, and full of real people. I have notes in mine from my first marathon, they make me smile, now to run 10 miles is the norm, then it was a huge achievement!

  5. plustenner says:

    that’s the best book ever! got me through my first marathon

  6. mrssmmf says:

    Sounds like afab book! Finding the motivation is half the battle!!

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