4 Weeks and Counting…

Not long now until the big one…around four weeks or so and I shall be standing on that start line regardless of injury or not.

If I’m honest, it’s been a frustrating few weeks. Not being able to run when you have one of the biggest events coming up is not ideal. You see friends and running club associates hitting the miles and achieving longest runs they have never done before, and all you can do is watch the Strava feeds grow. Four weeks ago I was in fantastic shape running wise and really looking on track to go sub 4 fairly comfortably. That is probably not likely now, which means re-adjusting my focus to just enjoying the event and experience. I am hoping I will still be able to get in a few runs before the event. The injury is certainly on the mend, but could probably do with another two weeks. A groin pull is not something I have had before.

Not once have I thought of pulling out though. The fundraising has continued and the target almost achieved. Last Friday saw the staff at Curwen Primary School take part in a quiz night to raise money for the charity run. A superb £587 was raised. I really am thankful to everyone who donated and took part. The £2K target is almost achieved. It was a great evening and one I should have taken some photos of, although I completely forgot! Big thanks go to all team that helped out especially the wife!

I’ve managed to keep cycling and swimming so I’m hoping I haven’t lost too much in terms of fitness – just run specific fitness really. This week also sees another test run take place to see where I am with the injury. I sure am desperate I can tell you that much! Rehab has started and continues with the exercises as well as massage. I’m also using a tens machine – Does that show how desperate I am?

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Upon reflection, I think in hindsight I have probably run too many races. Two half marathons and five 10Ks. It was in a 10K on a cold and wet night that this occurred. Running quickly definitely increases your risk of injury and puts a lot of stress through the muscles. If only I hadn’t taken part in that race eh!

Anyway, there is no point dwelling on it. I plan to bike as much as I can over the Easter as I head to France on the house hunt again and will be taking the bike and my running trainers (just incase) with me.

Next blog will hopefully be from France and there will be some runs in the bag…I pray!!!

 

London Marathon Update Feb

With just under 10 weeks to go now until the event and so far everything is going pretty well. Fundraising = Big tick! Training = Big tick! Support = Big tick!

I’m on track to achieve a personal goal and also support the work of Place2Be, my chosen charity. I want to say a massive thank you to all those who have sponsored me and supported the fundraising events. I also know there are a lot of friends and family who are intending to do the same in the coming weeks so your help along the way will not go unrecognised.

Someone did ask me last month what I get out of doing these crazy endurance events. I’ve often thought about this and written about it in previous blog a few years back. Arguably some people would say that endurance racing is more of a mental feat than a physical one. There is a whole lot of truth in this certainly. I mean, to put yourself through hours of training when it is freezing cold outside or pouring with rain takes some motivation. That isn’t all…there is also that small aspect of daily work, as well as family commitments. You’ve got to love it to do it right? Well that is certainly true also.

Why then? It’s simple when put like this:

I enjoy it. I love the training. I want to be fit and healthy. I want to be mentally strong. The emotion when you finish something big – especially the first time is overwhelming. This is what doing this gives me. And for those that do not often read the blog, I don’t mean just the marathon training. I’m on about the whole thing, all year, all the time. I simply wouldn’t do any of it if I didn’t love it. Yes I have those mornings when I can’t be bothered to train before work, but I push myself to do it. The feeling after is great. There are certainly parallels to daily life. I’m sure there are things we have all done that we didn’t want to do, but have felt good afterwards for doing them. Training is hard and there are times when you feel knackered or something niggles you. It is how you deal with it that is important. This explains why mental strength is important, but also built up during the process. Physical condition then comes along with it. I certainly believe exercise provides a benefit to mental health.

My training has been really consistent. I’m pleased with it so far and the long runs are slowly building up. I’m up to 16 miles now and should hit the 20 miler in a couple of weeks time. I have a few half marathons in the next few weeks also in which I will use to try and run to some particular paces to see what will be realistic in the marathon. I have an idea, but you need to test these things. Along with running, my proper structured triathlon training is taking place. I have built my runs into this as the TRI season will start for me at the beginning of May. This is always my main performance focus and provides me with the variation in my training.

The fundraising has also been moving along steadily. I didn’t really do anything over the Xmas period and so far all the money has been donated mainly from my workplace. Last week the school council held a Cake Sale for me for three lunch times as well as our parent evenings. They raised a massive £450 which was more than expected. I have a staff quiz night lined up also in March. Curwen Primary School children and staff have been brilliant in supporting the cause. I say no more!

The next blog will probably be just before the marathon now and then again just after. Until then…I leave you with a pic of the last race I did. A 10K sandwiched between a 14 mile run! And if you want to donate…it’s here:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DanielMansfield1

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