It’s now starting to get a little real in terms of the London Marathon only 45 days away, days sound longer than weeks, so with the couple of weeks off I had and thinking I had thrown it all away I seem to be back into the rhythm and also on track to do some more big miles.
The one thing I have noticed with running, bearing in mind I only started in February last year, is that there are so many variables to it. Each person is so different from the next with the internet helping to fuel huge variations of what is essentially a simple sport, don’t get me wrong I really enjoy it and it has been hard sometimes but with the social media of Twitter and Instagram this helps to keep the motivation going.
I thought I would just be able to buy a pair of running shoes and go, but that isn’t as simple as it sounds with some of the shoes not right for your body, I have tried the minimal type of shoes which at the start seemed great but with the niggling pains not going or getting worse I reverted back to a more supportive shoe with my current shoe being a New Balance 1080 but in a wide fitting along with a insole from the shuropody company has really helped to ease the achillies pain that I was getting, not simple stretches really help. Some might say that minimal is supposed to be how we naturally run and its a better way but if your in pain sod that!
With the marathon coming ever closer to race day and with a half booked in this month what will I do afterwards, this has been the question that has been going on in my head recently, you condition your body to run this marathon distance and then what just stop?! Seems a little bit of a shame really to just then not do anything about it afterwards, so I have been thinking about maybe going a little further and a lot of the runners I follow are ultra runners so I guess time will tell…