Knowing when to fold ’em

Some runners will tell you there’s no such thing as a bad run.  I think after today I would beg to differ.  Or at least, I would say that there is such a thing as a run that’s gone badly; but what you can take from it determines whether or not it was a bad run.

Today, my long run went rather badly. But I did learn some really good lessons from it so I’m not calling it a total loss.

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Alcohol and marathon training?

I’m curious about what other runners training for marathons (or long races, ultras etc) do regarding alcohol and training. I’ve heard some people say they don’t drink any alcohol at all while training, others say they do. I don’t drink very much myself, a bottle of wine over a weekend once, maybe twice a month. Or I might skip the wine and have a bottle of my favourite ginger beer or pale ale instead. So I don’t think I’ll give it up yet, although I do think that closer to the marathon I’ll set alcohol aside until after the race. So what are your thoughts and habits? Take the poll and please do leave a comment to explain below!

The road so far (or; deciding to run a marathon)

“So why do you want to run a marathon?”

Someone asked me that recently, when I first told them I was going to run the Dublin Marathon.

My first response was: “To prove to myself I can.”

But, after the conversation was over and when I was on my own again, I began to think it over. I realised I had to change my answer.

The real answer is: “Because I can.”

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Marathoner in Training!

So…this happened!

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Si, me and ASD in London

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Yes, it’s true! I’m running the Dublin Marathon this October 2015.  EEEEK!

Big thanks to ASD & Si from @100kmtoBrighton for helping me with my reveal! They were the first of my twitter friends I told (when I met up with them in London) because they have played a big part in inspiring me to run a marathon!

So this is why I haven’t been running this month! It’s going to be a long, tough, crazy year of running ahead and I decided on this impromptu break so that I’d be fresh for training to start in April. I didn’t want to burn out before I even began!

You see, I’ve known I was going to run a marathon for a long time now, well over a year in fact.  Everything I’ve been doing the last year has been to prepare me to start training for a marathon.  I started going to a personal trainer, Michael from @myptdotie to help me get in shape so I could tackle the training.  I also hired mentor/coach @Shona_D_Thomson to help with putting together a training plan and to support me during the lead up to the marathon.  I know that with these two on my side I cannot go wrong with my training! So long as I follow all their advice, which I will!

Why keep it a secret for so long? Mostly because I wanted to be in the right head space and be absolutely 100% certain that I was prepared to take on the training! I needed this ‘dressing room’ time before ‘running onto the pitch’ with it!

In the coming weeks I’ll be writing more about my decision to run a marathon and the lead up to my registering for it but right now, I just want to say how excited and nervous and terrified I am but how confident I feel that I’ve made the right choice.  In my head, I’ve already crossed that finish line!

I could use all the good luck and positivity I can get so please leave some in the comments below!

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