11 days, 1 hours, 25 minutes & 9 seconds to go until the Flora London Marathon 2009.
Getting fit and fast over the past 14 weeks is only part of the training for a marathon. A small but vital part is to get to the start line fully recovered and fresh. This is why it's now time for me to start tapering. This in layman terms means reducing training and for those of you who know me, will know that this will be incredibly hard as I find it difficult to rest and do less.
My long runs are now over. Last week each run was between 4-8 miles, with a 13-mile run on Easter Sunday morning and cross training in the gym combined with Pilates & Yoga. Fortunately I have managed to avoid any major injury, although it seems that I might have broken a toe during my 20 mile race! Since cutting my training down the aches, pains and tweaks are beginning to come out so I am having massages to de-stress my body. If you have never had a hot stone massage then I would highly recommend you try it.
I am also becoming even more aware of my nutrition. Knowing that my body can only store limited carbohydrate I'll spend the final week maximising this by eating at the right times to store muscle glycogen and not body fat.
All I seem to be doing is eating, sleeping and running. Various thoughts continue to race through my mind. Thoughts like... 'I can't'... 'Bring it on!... 'Why did I sign up for this?'... 'I feel sick'... 'I am excited'... 'Am I ready?'... 'Have I trained enough?'... 'What if I don't finish?'... 'I did well at my last 20 mile race'... 'I should have trained harder'... 'I am not good enough'... 'I can't wait!' I can go from being high to low and back to high in seconds and as the result feel in a complete spin. One of my biggest fears at the moment is that I might become ill over the next 11 days and as a result I find that I'm constantly washing my hands, staying away from people and cleaning everything, Taper madness... it seems as if I am going crazy! However I console myself that all this is quite common so this helps to alleviate these fears... deep down I know I will be fine.
I have some wonderful friends who have arranged a Pre-Marathon Chilli Night for me at their home this coming weekend. The goal is to raise money for MIND as well as to celebrate my whole marathon experience so far. I am really looking forward to this, not only to share my excitement and fears with them, but also to actually chill out and have fun, a relief after such intense training over the past few months.
A huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored me. With your help I have reached 92% of my target so far, raising the amazing amount of £1470! I hope that by this time next week I will be able to report that I have achieved my target. A saying comes to mind... 'What you focus on happens'!
1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives - yet people with mental illness are still abused, ridiculed, taken advantage of, discriminated against... or simply left to fend for themselves. MIND is working on every level to help people towards better mental health, but they can't do it alone. They need help. Your help!
If you have not yet got around to doing so and would like to make a donation to help me help others, please click the following link http://www.justgiving.com/larawadey
Until next week...