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London Marathon 2011

At last, I’ve done it.  Several months of preparation, over a month of abstinence from alcohol, Italy’s annual output of pasta consumed in 1 week and enough Lucozade to keep GSK’s share price buoyant and now it’s all over. What an experience that was.  Having never run full marathon distance, even in training, there was [...]

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The Day Before the Marathon

The nerves are starting to kick in, I’ve had pasta for dinner last night, lunch today and dinner tonight… maybe even breakfast tomorrow, parnoid about twisting an ankle, eating something dodgy, missing my train, trains being cancelled, not being able to sleep, sleeping in, losing my running vest, timing chip, trainers, kit bag, forgetting my [...]

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Tapering For a Marathon

With just over a week to go until the London Marathon, there’s not much time left to make any dramatic improvements to my physical preparation for the day and I’m doing my best to adhere to the overwhelming advice to taper my efforts down to race day itself. I’ve been to the gym a couple [...]

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Marathon Training Difficulties – Last Few Weeks

Ouch.  There are times when it just doesn’t quite go to plan and this weekend was a perfect example.   With just 21 days until the marathon the inevitable happened and a planned mid length run (about 15 miles) turned into more of a puffing and panting stagger round the block.  Barely managing 8K, I gave [...]

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Breaking the Wall in the Marathon – I hope!

I’ve been doing some research over the last week or so and was under the impression that with 4 weeks to go, I should’ve done my last BIG run… however it now appears that this should be this weekend and then it’s a case of tapering the runs down in preparation of the Marathon on [...]

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Lost in Hertford… with 5 weeks to go!

The training for the big day seems to be back on track (touch wood) and I managed my furthest ever distance on the road on Saturday – 2o miles.  While quite elated to have achieved this milestone, there is absolutely no doubt that I was absolutely shattered at the end – could I have managed [...]

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So the training has begun..

Well, I signed up for the Marathon at the end of October, as April was ages away and then immediately got man-flu!  Not letting this deter me, as soon as I was on the mend, it was back to gym for a gung-ho approach to training.  Second outing on the treadmill and my ankle took [...]

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158 Days to the London Marathon… how did it all begin?

I should start this blog by saying that I’ve NEVER run anything like a marathon distance in my life and the prospect of what lies ahead is extremely daunting! In 2009 in a moment of madness, I decided to enter the Great North Run for charity, Asthma UK, as I wanted to raise some money [...]

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Andy’s London Marathon for Asthma UK

I’m Andy McKenna, the MD of Best Reception and I am running the 2011 London Marathon in aid of Asthma UK I personally have very mild asthma however my young daughter and also my nephew both have had more severe experiences with it and so I am running the Marathon to raise money for this [...]

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