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by Val Baxter

May 4, 2014

Marathon + 3

Well you know, now the time log is London marathon plus 3 (weeks) and how am I doing?. Well following the run, all 26 and a bit miles of it, I was recommended not to run for at least 10 days. Following the run, the next day I had a massage. I went to the Elswick relays on the Friday in my running gear thinking I would have a trot round the course, but do you know, when I got there I had no inclination to run; I was still aching.

That afternoon I performed a massage, jealous I was giving not receiving. I had to settle for a hot bath, but next day I was determined, I went for a steady trot along the sustrans, did 2 miles each way, that actually seemed to loosen me up a bit, really don’t know how Jason Allison managed to do the relays so well. I ran the following day, did 7 1/2 miles on the Sunday, but that was it until the following Thursday.

It is strange, but I wonder if many people reading this (presuming anyone does) actually understands what strains the body goes through in a marathon. I am still having trouble with my joints (hips) and muscles Glutes (bum) and quads aching. I have though made a start, I raced a short relay in the vets championships, not outstandingly well, but got round, then I was wrecked on the Thursday. On the Saturday I met Ruth at the Park run in Chester le Street we both pb’d.

It’s bank holiday weekend, tomorrow I may have a run in the evening, but I have a massage booked for Wednesday then I need to be starting some training and making plans for the next race I am targeting, which at the moment is going to be the Blaydon Races. There is also a small matter of the vets league, which I am going to miss the first one due to work commitments, Grrrrrrr!

Never mind I think the moral of this tale is:- Don’t underestimate the marathon distance, and respect to those who do it so well.

Further blog entries can be seen here and Brian’s marathon blog here.

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