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by Val Baxter

April 6, 2014

Well this is it…

Well here I am my last pre-marathon blog. I do believe my public is growing, Jason Allison read an episode last week. This World Wide Web thing is great, and it just shows that the economy version still reaches Crook!! Hiya Jason. :)

This week has been a bit bizarre, after cramming as many miles as I could into the week between all the chores that a doting father and devoted husband has to fulfill, this week has been all about recovery and refuelling. My heart has been confirmed as ok but there are anomalies in my blood which has meant I have had additional fasting bloods taken and I get the results tomorrow. It is all mental stuff that I didn’t want to have happen this close to the race. But the doctor has promised that the marathon won’t kill me, that’s good news, I was just telling my mate the other day that it was official, I was mentally beaten, but hey ho, now I am just a tad nervous!!

I have missed my massage again this week which really irritates me. I need these rubs at the weekend ready for the high mileage weekends, but this time as I enter the taper the mileage is not high. The difference is that when you are just running 5 miles, you don’t seem to run easy, it is hard to run 8 minute miles when you are only doing 5 of them, I still don’t have that control or discipline. As a result, I have actually done a couple of, shall we say, quicker sessions that have left me aching. #needarub. I hope that on the day I will be able to set the virtual partner on the Garmin and just plod along for the first half, and see what is left for the second half. Thing with the Garmin, the virtual partner doesn’t have as good chat as Ruth!!

Doubling my food input has not half had an impact in more ways than one. Linda and I have eaten out three times this week, and I have been supplementing my sandwiches at work, by adding chips. I am still abstaining from the alcohol, but Chris Blyth made a good point last week. When the doctors have told me to double my calorific intake, he reckons that by stopping the drink I will have reduced my calories. Someone actually suggested I drink that thick black drink advertised by the Toucan, said it is full of iron… Not allowed to say Guinness, don’t think we are allowed to endorse drinks, but maybe Chris has a point?

This week’s runs have been 9 miles Monday, just 4 on Tuesday, 6 good miles Wednesday, a good 6 1/2 on Thursday, nothing on Friday, parkrun Saturday, and 8 today. Monday and Tuesday were not good, it was cold and I could hardly breathe, then after trying I see the news about pollution in the atmosphere, but what do you do? Still need to run, you cannot give up just like that, just cos you cannot breathe. Wednesday was good on my own, and Thursday was really warm, again a decent run; you really don’t want poor runs this close, cannot do negative at this stage.

At the park run, I was talking to Jason Allison, a fellow marathon runner ;). He was saying that it is hard to cope with the taper, and stay focused. That is true, this week is almost surreal. Keep feeling like I should be out running as I sit on the floor in front of the telly rubbing my legs, or feel I have cheated by not running that day as I get my hot chocolate to help me sleep…hot chocolate, the nightly tipple for runners , ha ha the non-drinkers that is!!

Well, I am probably as well prepared as I can be given the time and resources available to me. Big thanks to Ruth for her support and company on the long runs, and Val for publishing these blog entries and doing my IT bits. Thanks also to Dave Cleugh, Dave Coulson and Ian Goulding who ran most of my Monday runs, before the mileage started to increase. Thanks to Ian Bloomfield for his encouragement and advice, and thanks to anyone else who knows me. If I missed you out, sorry.(I’ll put a thank you in here to his patient wife Linda since she’s had to put up with his training for the last few months – Val)

I have enjoyed telling you about my progress, I am honestly nervous about this run, but I need at least 5 comments at the end of this article if you want to hear about my weekend in London. My run will be dedicated to Daniel o’Hare, who took his own life at the age of 19, I might raise a glass to his memory when I get back home.

Thank you, YB

By the way, a special well done to Ian on smashing the British record for his age category in the Manchester marathon today (Sunday). Well done Ian you are inspirational!!

Earlier diary entries can be seen here.

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  • Author's Avatar baxter April 6, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    So come on then, better get these comments going! :) I'll start off by saying I'm sure we'll all be thinking of you this Sunday, and wishing you all the best for a speedy finish - good luck Brian!

  • Author's Avatar Ian Bloomfield April 7, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Don't panic Brian, you've done the work and you'll reap the rewards. Enjoy the London marathon's unique. Good luck.

  • Author's Avatar Dadswell April 7, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Will be thinking of you on Sunday. Make sure you enjoy it. Positive thinking all the way...

  • Author's Avatar Jason April 7, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Have a good one!

  • Author's Avatar ian goulding April 7, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Don't try to beat the pacer. Enjoy Sunday, I'll be thinking about you havng a smashing time in London as I start the now Monte Carlo to Barcelona bike ride. You'll do great

  • Author's Avatar Lisa April 8, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Have a great race on Sunday Brian and enjoy it!

  • Author's Avatar Peter April 10, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Good luck Brian I will be sitting watching it having a beer a will have one for you . Good luck again


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