Marathon Training Update

I stopped my daily posts because, put simple, they were boring..... for you and for me!

It is not that I did not want to keep you updated but life got in the way and so much has happened to me recently that I just did not know what to tell you and I have definitely not had the time.

So how is my marathon training going?

The answer to that is that it basically is not. I have barely run for the last few weeks for a number of reasons and so I am thinking about just walking the marathon or doing a combo of running and walking.

​I'm still on the fundraising but have a long way to go. Please help my campaign and donate to the Samaritans here.

So Why have I not been running?

Injuries is the simple answer to this plus other things so below is my list of running barriers:

1. Bicep Tendonitis - this is something I have suffered from before and it got so bad it was affecting my mental state.

2. Toenail Infection - my toenail started to come away and I got an infection in it and so I needed to have a mini operation to remove it.

3. ITB Syndrome - this was significantly reducing my running time as any decent resulted in extreme knee pain that then lasted for a couple of days. I have been running ice cold water over it daily and am hoping that will do the trick for the day of the marathon.

4. Exhaustion - basically I was pushing my mind and body to keep running and this was actually meaning I was getting less sleep. All of that added up to the fact I was just not able to recover quickly enough and I was constantly on empty. It was vital for me to rest and get some extra sleep.

5. I Moved - when I say I moved I do not me just down the road I have actually relocated from London to Devon. It was a major move and took a lot of effort but I know have somewhere much quieter and more in tune with what I want out of life to base myself. The view from my window is amazing, there is little or no noise and I can see the stars. It has definitely helped with the sleep that is for sure.

If I am completely honest I am not looking forward to running this marathon and in fact I think it is probably the most stupid thing I have ever done and I am looking forward to when it is over. I am a bit disappointed as I was really enjoying running but all this training has made me hate it. I am hoping that after a bit of a rest I will get some enthusiasm back.

I will probably publish one more post just before the marathon and then one after it is complete just to let you know how it went and if I forced myself to finish it.

DONATE TO THE SAMARITANS

I am running the London Marathon to raise money for the Samaritans in memory of my dad who committed suicide in 2007. I have quite an ambitious total but if we all get together I am sure I can do it!

About the author

Mercedes Aspland

Mercedes is a Yoga Sports Coach with experiences working with athletes from many disciplines and experience levels. She is keen to spread the word of how valuable yoga is to sport. With additional qualifications in nutrition she also shares a number of recipes and nutritional advice to keep you fuelled while training.

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