As I sit here with my leg feeling as though it could drop off at any moment (OK slight exaggeration – I have ITBS and a tight quad and extremely tight glutes), I’m asking myself why am I doing the marathon? I’ve spent the last few weeks in a combined state of elation after a good run and misery after a bad run, my house has been a shit tip, organising meals around work has been a nightmare, at one stage I had 3 jobs (company director, part time job and full time job), I’ve got lot of other stuff going on and I wonder what the hell possessed me to sign up?
As a newbie runner who hasn’t even mastered the 5k to the best of my ability, should I be taking on the glory of the marathon (let’s face it peeps it’s all about saying you’ve done a 26.2!)? Probably not!
I am now 5 days away from London Marathon and I’m having to foam roller, stretch, ice, heat, bathe in epsom salts and be strapped up like a mummy in the hope that I can shuffle around in a half way decent time. Is this pain worth it? Probably not in the long term.
I guess what I’m saying is BE PATIENT. If you are a new runner, get the basics done and then when you feel like you can really run a marathon in a good time for you without injury – knock yourself out.
I’m hanging up my marathon shoes until I can be a better runner, get stronger on hills and nail the speed.
If I change my mind after I crawl through London marathon on Sunday, watch me eat my words…