5K and beyond

My plan was to start a blog right at the start of my Marathon journey. Not only to fully document my progress but also hold the virtual hand of any other running virgins who have suddenly decided to take up running.

But now I’m 7 weeks in to my training. Gah! I have a new 6 week plan and an actual running race under my belt. A 5K one to be precise. At Ally Pally. With other people!

Admittedly they all sped off into the distance as soon as the race began. I just managed to overtake one red-faced runner, but that second to last place – at 37 minutes – felt glorious. To think, at the beginning of August I could only jog for 30 seconds before my chest felt like it was going to explode. So Im feeling pretty good right now (and trying hard to forget that it’s not even one eighth of a marathon).

Park Run organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world and are open to everyone. All you have to do is register.

You can check out my route at Ally Pally. The hills were a bit of a killer – especially in terms of controlling my breathing –  but I’m due to do it again in a few weeks time so let’s see how I get on.

Welcome to my blog

This blog is about what it takes to become a 2013 Virgin London Marathon runner. More specifically, what it takes for me – an asthmatic buxom girl, in her mid 30s, with dodgy knees and an aversion to running – to achieve that seemingly impossible goal of running 26.2 miles. That’s the length of 401 football pitches or 105 laps round the London Olympics Athletics Stadium.

I will be talking about anything related to running; from clothing, technology and fitness to food, music and running routes.

I’m running to raise money for Asthma UK.

Thanks for joining me on this exciting and daunting challenge.

Climbing the O2

It may be hard, it may be scary but I’m up for it.