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by Val Baxter

April 8, 2017

The Long Run – Dave Lamond VLM Diary

First of all I would like to apologise for not keeping you up to date with my training, but the fact is it has been inconsistent to say the least. This has not been due to a lack of desire but mainly to life commitments out of my control.

Since my last instalment I have managed to get a couple of 10 milers in, backed up with club sessions and endless treadmill workouts, which has all helped but is it enough to carry me the full 26.2? A week ago I had the chance for a long run I planned my route and in a flash of pure genius went around the route the night before placing sealed bottled water with a gel to simulate drink stations. I then carb loaded and had an early night.

I set out around 10am headed up past the Angel into Low Fell and on to Gateshead; the pace was probably too quick but the sun was shining and I felt good. I carried on down on to Newcastle quayside along the river towards drink station one, by this time I was looking forward to a drink and my gel. YOU’RE JOKING ME!! I have been sabotaged, my gel has been completely consumed along with half the packet by a RAT, no way this is all I need!! The water bottle the gel was tapped to was fine. Suddenly I was not as thirsty as I thought (would you have drank from that bottle)

I carried on in disbelief hoping the rat had thrown its guts up and had crashed from the biggest sugar high of its life. The rest of the route was along the Scotswood road over the Blaydon Bridge and on past the Metrocentre, by this time I was a mess to say the least, no water on a warm day and let’s face it inadequate training did not help my situation. Drink station two was a success the water was like nectar from the gods and the gel was intact although it still tasted disgusting, the sugar worked for a bit but could not carry me the rest of the way along the Team valley then up Allerdeen bank I was beat.

The total distance covered was 17.5ish the experience was, well… an experience!!

Have I bitten off more than I can chew?

Am I ready for 26.2 miles?

Will I give it my all? YES!!

I have two weeks to go and I’m under no illusion that it’s going to be hard work, at the same time I’m not putting myself under any pressure, I know I will not win so I intend to enjoy it as much as I can; after all I run because I enjoy it!

My next and last instalment will be after the main event. Wish my luck!!

Dave Lamond

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  • Author's Avatar Val Baxter April 8, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Feel free to add some words of encouragement for Dave here :)

  • Author's Avatar Rob April 8, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    You'll do great Dave, i'm sure. Sometimes training doesn't go the way you planned or would like, but come the day, your commitment and determination will see you though. Soak in the experience, the crowds and the sights. All the best for the day.

  • Author's Avatar ian April 15, 2017 at 10:15 am

    good luck Dave


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