60 Days to the London Marathon!

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RUNNING THE LONDON MARATHON IN SUPPORT OF 

SPINAL RESEARCH UK

If you wish to sponsor me please visit Elisabeth’s Virgin Donation Page!

Day 1. Rest Day

Day 2. 27 km

Day 3. Foam Rolling

Day4. 5 km

Day 5. Rest thurs

Day 6. Carb loading

Day 7.  28 km run

Day 8. Rest day

Day 9. Rest day

Day 10. 8 km

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Long run Day 2 – 27 km route from Southwark to Hampstead Heath and back

Although my long runs are all scheduled for the weekends, as I tend to have more free time – I found it far too hard to take myself out in the cold and checking the weather forecast it was predicted that Monday would be a warmer and more sunny day…I decided to move my long run to Monday. The long route on Monday included running from Southwark to Hampstead Health and all the way back – a 27 km run on a 6:26 mins/km pace.

On my way to Hampstead I bumped into five beautiful puppies! For those of you who know me, I have a deep love and appreciation for all dogs. I couldn’t resist to stop for some cuddles and kisses and they were all so lovely and playful. Also the timing was perfect as I was just reaching a point of plateau and this really gave me the boost I so needed to keep on going!

Reaching Hampstead Health I was very impressed. The park is filled with high trees in part and long beautiful slopes in other parts. Some parts were super muddy and I am not a big fun of mud, however overall running in this set up was far more enjoyable compared to running on the street pavements of Central London. It definitely did not feel like I was running in London and since city escapes are difficult to organise at the moment this is a good alternative!

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Hampstead Heath                                                                                                                                                Monday, 13th February 2017

I felt very lucky to have been out running on such a wonderful sunny day. The sun doesn’t show up too often in London and when it does it’s definitely a good chance to head out for a run. During my run I made a water stop at Kenwood House and took some time to quickly stretch, take a shot and admire the view!

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Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath                                                                                                           Monday, 13th February 2017

Final note about this long run; I did find it quite hard to run for that long and I am hoping that I will be able to improve my pace so that I am able to complete future runs on a faster pace.

On Tuesday (Day 3), feeling a bit sore from Monday’s long run I decided to spend 30 minutes to foam role. It would be nice to have a proper massage but at this point I’m trying to do means with what I have…

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Day 4: 5km run pace breakdown

On Wednesday (Day 4), I managed to fit in a quick 5km run (5:06 mins/kg). My original plan was to run 10km, however my body just couldn’t do it. Some times you just need to listen to your body. Plans are there to be followed or altered to meet your needs and that is fine!

Come Friday (Day 6), I headed to my friends house for a themed potato party – perfect timing for a carb-load prior to my weekend long run! The idea is simple, each of us had to make a potato -themed dish and needless to say that the evening was a great success!

My friend, Lucinda and I decided to prepare the starters. We made potato-beetroot-goats cheese – mint and chive canapés and followed it with a velvety vegetable soup (potatoes, leak, carrots, onion, bay leaf, lemon zest and juice and sprinkle of chives and pepper for the garnish). I have recognised during this training that eating well is integral for my mental sanity and body strength and this meal was just a dream!

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Greenwich, London, Saturday, 18th February 2017 (Day 7)The sun was shinning and the view across the foot tunnel was mesmerising…

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Day 7: London Run – Thames Route

On Saturday (Day 7) I completed my longest run to date – 28km on a 5:59 mins/km. The weather was absolutely amazing, warm and sunny and I couldn’t have wished for any better conditions to do a long run. I decided to do a Thames river run. From Southwark I headed to Greenwich, then run across the river via the foot tunnel and headed back to Southwark, passing by the beautiful architecture of Wapping, St Katherine’s Dock’s, Tower Bridge all the way to Westminster and the London Eye.

 

 Views of Greenwich Foot Tunnel, Tower bridge and the Shard and the London Eye

Carb – loading was definitely beneficial for my long run. I only just managed to complete the run at my target time which I had set to a pace under 6:00 mins/km. Despite this run being the longest I have run to date, I felt so much more comfortable compared to the other long runs I have completed. This highlighted the importance role good nutrition has alongside training.

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Day 7: Thames River – London – February 2017 – Photo Credit: Dimitra Maltsaki

My alarm was set for 6:30 and by 7 am today (Day 10), I was up and off for a short morning run. London was warmish, so I decided to take my light running gear out and headed on another Thames River run this time much shorter though…8km on a 5:27 mi/km pace. On my way back I passed by the beautiful Imperial War Museum.

In this 10-Day update I managed to complete two long runs and only two shorter. My goal during this training is to complete 3-4 runs per week including a long one each week. When responsibilities pile up it can be more challenging to fit running in but I am trying to do my best to stick to my plan.

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Tune of the 60 Days till London Marathon

Tune of the week, apart from my favourite podcast: Don’t Salt my Game by Laura Thomas PhD was Desert Island Discs as per Rosie Saunt’s suggestion. I really like the variety of guests and topics addressed.

Special thanks for their generous donations Irene, Bob and Colette, Odette, Polly, Esther, Ed and Katerina, Dr ‘Clever’,Eirini , Freya, Masha, Michael and Teresita and Takis, Vangelis, my dad- John for their donations!

If you wish to sponsor me please visit Elisabeth’s Virgin Donation Page!

All donations will be greatly appreciated and will contribute to the development of the research on spinal injuries.

screen-shot-2017-01-12-at-19-22-12I am hoping to complete the marathon in 4h30m! I know this training will be really hard for me and I need your help! To keep me accountable, I plan to post an update of my training every 10 days, so stay tuned for the next post on 50 Days till the London Marathon!

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