Wednesday, May 10, 2006

2 weeks later

Well, it's now just over 2 weeks since FLM. I am back to running with my club as the play I was involved with has been cancelled (someone else dropped out). My knee has stood up to 1 hour sessions without any real pain, although I have been playing safe and wearing a 'pat strap' for support. Have not yet gone back to 3 sessions a week though, currently not doing a weekend run but intend to get back to that this week.

It has been lovely to get out onto the heath in the evening sun and run just for the fun of it.There have been a few puddles for me to splash through, which really adds to my enjoyment. During the latter stages of my marathon training I had slipped into the habit of plodding along at one pace all the time. I have really felt the extra effort needed to keep up with my clubmates.I'm sure that this is doing me good!

Friday, April 28, 2006

R+R

Have enjoyed my week off work, catching up with friends and putting my credit card under stress. I now have some nice new clothes for our forthcoming cruise, but plenty of things still needed. I walked around the shops for hours yesterday so decided to forego my planned trot today - perhaps I'll do it over the weekend. I'm really missing my club sessions though, pity I won't be able to return for a few weeks due to other commitments.

Just about to settle down in front of the TV with a bottle of something - this is the life!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Marathon + 2

Slept much better last night. My legs were incredibly sore before I went to bed, but felt easier when I woke. I went out and did a very gentle 25 minute recovery run and stretched out some of the knots.

It's taken me ages to catch up with my e-mails - so many messages of support from so many lovely peeps. Thank you, everyone.

Today I plan to pop into work and also see Mum - after all, I need to show off my medal, don't I??

Monday, April 24, 2006

Race report

Hubby and I set off for London by coach on Saturday morning and arrived early afternoon. We found our hotel, had something to eat and then relaxed for a couple of hours - water ever present at our side. Early evening saw us at the Thistle Hotel in Trafalgar Square meeting up with people from the 'Runners' World' internet forum for drinks, then on for a pasta meal. It was lovely to renew acquaintance with old friends, and to make some new ones. We were away early though so that we could try and get some sleep. 'Try' was the operative word. I slept soundly until about 3.30am, then was tossing and turning until just before 6am. Up, dressed and down to breakfast. We were surprised at just how many other people in the hotel were doing the same thing. Was there anyone who wasn't taking part today?

The weather on Saturday had been very warm and I was seriously worried about getting sunburn during the run. However, Sunday dawned grey and drizzly, so that was one less thing to worry about!

We left the hotel at around 7.15am to make our way to the start. Hubby and I were starting from different places, so we said our fond farewells at Charing Cross station and set out to enjoy the day.

After meeting up with forum friends again before the start and hanging around for some time I decided it was time to join the queue for the loo (again!). Good job I did as there was then scant time to get my baggage on the lorry before going to the start. Wouldn't you know that the lorry corresponding to my race number was almost the furthest away from the start. I must have walked several miles even before the marathon started!

At the start I was chatting to a lady and discovered she was yet another 'forumite'. She'd been injured recently and wanted to start off slowly, so we stayed together until just after halfway. Thanks Jo!

Unfortunately, I started to get pain in my left knee after just a few miles. Very frustrating as I have never had this before and don't know what caused it. By halfway I knew that all thoughts of finishing in a particular time had gone out of the window. It was now about finishing full stop.

I knew that I would be able to get some ibuprofen from friends at mile 17, so I gritted my teeth and kept going. Muttering my 'mantra' under my breath 'When I get to mile 15 I will say........' etc. I was soooo glad to see my friends at mile 17, I virtually fell into their arms - demanding gels, jelly beans and ibuprofen! My knee really hurt once I tried to run again, but I stopped again about 200 meters further down the road as I needed the loo. Whilst queuing here, someone pointed out that the distance remaining was now in single figures. Thank you, whoever you are!

By this stage I barely knew who I was, never mind anything else. The knee wasn't so bad, but everything else hurt and I was getting really tired. I retreated within myself, but was grateful for the shouts of 'Come on Lyn' from the crowd - it was well worth putting my name onto my T shirt! The various bands along the route also lifted my spirits, and my pace, for as long as I was able to hear them. There was one band that was particularly good, around mile 23, and I rounded the corner smiling - only to spot hubby walking ahead of my. His hip had started hurting early on and he had been walking for some miles. We had a quick chat and I pushed on.

The next milestone for me was around mile 24 where my clubmates often stand. It didn't really matter whether anyone was there - it was the 24 mile bit that was important! I didn't see anyone I knew (well, it was raining quite heavily by then) but I recognised that I was in crawling distance of home. Along the embankment I heard someone on a mobile phone saying 'I've just run past the London Eye'. Typically for me, I wouldn't have noticed if I'd just been run over by the London Eye!

Finally! A sign saying '800 meters to go', probably the longest 800 meters of my life but 'This too must pass' and, eventually, I crossed the finish line in a time of 5hrs, 20mins and 35secs. Hallelujah! Having managed to remain dry-eyes for most of the day, I new felt like crying. I really wished there had been someone there to give me a hug and say 'Well done' as there had been in every other race I have taken part in. Usually hubby is there and a few club mates too. At that stage I felt very lonely. Finally met hubby at the appointed place. He was very tired and sore so we limped home.

There was another forum get-together afterwards but, having returned to our hotel to shower and change, we really didn't feel like going out again. We managed to hobble around the corner for a meal and a biiiiiig glass of wine, then back to bed.

I had expected to sleep really well, but had another disturbed night. Everything is stiff this morning, but the knee isn't too bad. I have managed to avoid knocking myself out with my medal, but I fully intend to continue wearing it for a few days yet!

I can truly say that was horrible, and it hurt a lot. I will never, ever do it again - well, not until next time....

Friday, April 21, 2006

2 days to go

Yesterday I took the coach up to London so that I could visit the 'Expo' and collect my race number, chip, kit bag etc. There weren't many people there, which was good cos I didn't have to queue or worry about getting my toes trodden on. However, for the same reason it was also lacking in atmosphere so I didn't stay long.

In the evening I went down for a drink with my clubmates, everyone wanted to wish us well and give advice!

Today I need to visit Tesco, but that is about all. Otherwise I'll be found relaxing with my feet elevated and plenty of water and carbs to hand.

I saw this today and it reflects the way I try to think during long runs.

I will start
When the gun goes off.
I will run
For five miles
Feeling good.
I will run
To the tenth mile.
I will say
“Only three more
to the halfway.”
At the halfway mark
13.1 miles,
I will know
Fifteen is within reach.
At fifteen miles
I will say
“I’ve run twenty before,
Keep going”
At twenty
I will say
“Run home.”

Wishing 'Good Luck' to everyone else who is taking part in a marathon this weekend.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

4 days to go

I had a nice day on Monday, just a gentle stroll with some of our am-dram friends and lunch afterwards. However, I seem to have agreed to stand in for someone who has just dropped out of the next play with just 4 weeks to go before we open. The girls who dropped out is a ditzy 28 year old blonde, so I was an obvious replacement (those who have met me will be rolling around laughing at this point)!! So after the big day I will need to really concentrate on learning the part but for now I have other things on my mind.

Just went out and did 30 a minute run yesterday. As usual, the 1st mile felt awful, but I pushed on somewhat faster than I my recent LSR pace and was glad to feel the leggies perk up a bit. Have missed tonight's circuit session for fear of doing myself a damage. I frequently pull one muscle or another in the sessions and just don't want to take any chances at this stage.

I'm also trying to avoid sick people like the plague - which is fun as I work in a Doctors' surgery!

Tomorrow I will go up to London by coach so that I can visit the 'Expo' and collect my race number. I'm sure that the excitement will really start to build then!

Now that the day is almost upon us, people have been very kind as regards donating to my charity. Why don't you visit www.justgiving.com/lynsmarathon to see how I am doing?

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Countdown - 1 week to go

Got out onto the heath yesterday whilst hubby was at work. Unusually for me, I just went out with no fixed plan in mind and took random turnings as the fancy took me. The area isn't that big and I knew that I couldn't get really lost so I wasn't worried on that score. The legs felt really heavy to start with but I did go a bit faster than my usual slow run pace. In fact, I only did 50 minutes as I misjudged the path a bit and didn't want to do another loop. Was happy with that though and it was nice to get out on my own for a change.

Last night we went out for a Chinese meal with friends and tried out a new restaurant. The food and surroundings were good and we enjoyed ourselves.

This morning hubby and I went for a stroll along the quay, but it had become very cloudy so we didn't stay out long. I have some letters that I want to take round to our nearest neighbours asking for sponsorship. I originally intended to do a couple of hundred and hit the local area, but that seems to have been whittled down to about 20! No offers of help forthcoming from hubby or son, so it looks as if I will have to get out there and deliver them.

I can't believe that by this time next week the marathon will be all over (bar disasters). I wonder what I am going to do next?