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Post-race blues?

Post-race blues?

A marathon is a bloody hard thing to do.  Sometimes I forget that … which sounds foolish considering the amount of sweat and despair I expend doing one (but ending in delight and excitement).  But it challenges the body and the mind.  I think for the past two weeks, both my body and mind have been getting over it. Training has been … haphazard, at best.  I’ve done some bikes rides, mainly with my family or my son on...

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Lakeland Trails Marathon –– 1st July, 2012

Lakeland Trails Marathon –– 1st July, 2012

Got to admit, I was pretty nervous about this one.  Two reasons.  First, if you’ve read about my first marathon, you’ll understand my fears about it all happening again (in my first marathon I had bad leg cramps from mile 12 until the finish).  And second, I haven’t done any long runs over ten miles in almost two months (since my first marathon, in fact), and I was worried that my fitness levels might let me...

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Things my first marathon taught me…

Things my first marathon taught me…

A large part of endurance running is mental attitude. I’ve known that for a while. And I learned it for certain during my first marathon. But that’s not all I learned! During my first 26.2––the first half of which went very smoothly, the second half of which was a wretched, painful hell of leg cramps––I discovered a lot about myself and my running, good and bad. Here’s just some of it. The bad: ––I focussed too...

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North Dorset Village Marathon – 6th May 2012

North Dorset Village Marathon – 6th May 2012

My first marathon… I’ve been training for this for 18 weeks, and I’ll write more elsewhere about how I did and lessons I learned. Suffice to say, it was a fantastic race. I looked long and hard for my first marathon.  I didn’t want something too huge, with 20,000 runners and a claustrophobic start line stinking of deep heat and over confidence.  And this one looked pretty close to the sort of terrain I like...

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