London Marathon 2015 - The Methodical Approach

Saturday 14th March 2015 - 15 Miles

The day I had been dreading had arrived...getting over the 13 mile hump!!


I was well-prepared. The day before I made sure I had been drinking plenty of water, planned my route and went to bed at a reasonable time.

Remember - this was all about getting my head around doing 15 miles. One of the problems I had for the 13 was the route. Planning it out in plotaroute (brilliant route planner incidentally) was completely overwhelming. It is amazing how far you can get in 13 miles. This time I decided to break the route down into more manageable 5 mile loops.

I got up early to whizz my car round to the Bell Lane car park, 100 yards from my house, but about a mile to drive!! The car was stocked with energy gels, lucozade sport and water. Walked back to my house, had my breakfast and did some stretching and rolling.

The first of the 5 mile loops was parkrun. I left the house at 8.45am, hoping that I could time the run down there perfectly to coincide with the start. Wasn't quite perfect but nearly. I ran straight through the funnel, scanned my barcode and headed back to my car. parkrun plus there and back is 5 miles. Not a bad parkrun time either; 31:27. Back at my car I had a gel and some drink, a quick stretch. I think a fellow parkrunner looked at me as if I was mad having a gel after running a 5k but she didn't know I had another 12 miles to do now did she?!!

Then I headed off on my second 5 mile far so good.

Leg was feeling ok, actually it felt like it was easing. Around 8 miles I was feeling pretty good. The problem with Saturday mornings is that the roads are so busy and I think I probably saw everyone I know. It was good to get back to the car and have another gel and some more drink. I wasn't even tempted to go home.

So I set off on my third 5 mile loop....this was going to be hard!

And it was hard. I probably did the most amount of walking during this loop, it was much more of an interval run. Looking at my pace over the whole 15 miles; the first 5 was between 10-11/mi, the second was between 11-12/mi and the third was over 13/mi!! I didn't care, I just wanted to get through it. Apparently I "looked knackered" as told by a friend who spotted me. Always good to know!!

When I got to 13 miles I kept telling myself that I was nearly done and I could do it. Must have looked a bit mad talking to myself but I was probably a little delirious by this point anyway. I have never been so pleased to get back to my car. 15 miles completed, with no disasters.

That 13 miles was definitely a hump and I am now believing a little more that I can do this...again. I generally feel happier about the whole situation. However, I would say I'm walking a very fine line of either success or failure and could quickly fall into that abyss of despair - and yes that is a bit dramatic, but you train for a marathon and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

But, instead of my head thinking how it can injure me at random moments, it is now saying "you've done 15 so you only have another 11 to do and you've completed the marathon"!!!!!!!!!

I am running the London Marathon for the The Sunrise Appeal, part of the Ipswich Hospital Charity. You can sponsor me here