Having unsuccessfully applied to run the Virgin Money London Marathon via the ballot entry system I was given a second chance yesterday. I was informed by a friend who knew a local charity, Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT) were looking to fill their spot for one runner. A few emails and a meeting later I was officially confirmed to take part.
When I found out a few months ago that I wasn’t initially selected to take part in the marathon, I signed up to run a half marathon in March instead. My training has been on and off for it but getting into the ‘big one’ has lifted my spirits which makes me feel a lot more motivated to train and prepare well. Raising money for a good cause will make it a truly humbling experience.
For the half marathon I was following this training plan. The furthest I ran prior to training was a 10K with some work colleagues last year. Most training plans I came across tended to have words like ‘tempo’, ‘interval’, ‘steady’ etc. I didn’t have the faintest idea what any of these terms meant in the running context. The training plan I chose worked well for me because it didn’t go into too much detail I was able to tweak it to suit me and as I progressed, I eased myself into the world of ‘tempo’, ‘steady’, ‘interval’ and ‘threshold’ runs.
Now that I have to prepare for a full marathon, I decided to follow this training plan. This includes a half marathon, four weeks before the full one which is perfect for me as the one I signed up to fits the timeframe. This is a 16 week plan, which means I can’t afford to miss any weeks as there are exactly 16 weeks from Monday until the marathon.