Weeks 1 and 2 of the Hanson’s Marathon Plan

I have about ten half written race recaps and reviews in the Drafts folder of my blog that I’m gradually working my way through!

Today though, I want to recap the first two weeks of my marathon training plan.

In my last blog post I announced that I intended on following the Hanson’s Marathon Method* to work towards a sub 4h 30m marathon at Mablethorpe this October.  My current marathon PB is 4:54:08, but I have always felt that I should be capable of a much quicker time.  The year I did achieve my PB was after following a specific training plan (on the back of a 70 mile race) and I loved the structure that the plan gave.

Hansons Marathon Method book

This will be my first time working through the Hanson’s Marathon Method plan and although I plan to stick to the scheduled paces and runs as closely as possible, I will definitely be doing some day-swapping, and cutting back on the miles during the early weeks as necessary.  The first week of training began the day after I ran a 35 mile ultramarathon, so I let my legs off a little bit(!)

The paces I’ve chosen are targeted towards a 4h 15m marathon time.  I will be aiming for anything under 4h 30m at Mablethorpe in October.  In the weeks before starting the plan I tested out a few of the sessions and found that I can run the paces required for the 4h 15m target time comfortably, and so I plan on continuing with the slightly faster speeds to give myself a little leeway time on the day.  If I need to knock them back a little later on in the plan, then I will look to do so.

Week 1 planned: (5 runs)
Monday – Off (extra rest day scheduled due to racing an ultra the previous day)
Tuesday – Banbury 5 (run to heart rate – 170bpm)
Wednesday – Off
Thursday – 6m easy (10:50-11:40mm)
Friday – 6m easy (10:50-11:40mm)
Saturday – 6m easy (10:50-11:40mm)
Sunday – 8m easy (10:50-11:40mm)

Week 1 actual: (4 runs)
Monday – Off
Tuesday – Off
The first week back at work and juggling sending Oscar to nursery and picking him up in the evenings was harder than I thought it would be.  A 4:15am get-up time is never fun, although this week I’ve managed to slide things around in order that I can set my alarm for 5am instead.  I’ve been pushing it to get in to work on time each morning though.  I arrived home on Tuesday night absolutely exhausted and within five minutes of announcing that I would not be driving the 55 miles to Banbury I fell asleep on the sofa.  Right call made.
Wednesday – Off
Thursday – 5.8m at 10:56mm pace.
A lovely chatty run out round the streets of Wellingborough with Laura and Steph before the running club committee meeting.

Friday – 5.3m at 10:41mm pace.
Saturday – Corby parkrun at chatty pace.
Corby parkrun with LauraI headed to Corby parkrun with Laura for a change of scenery.
[Official time:
30:27 Position: 95/182 Gender position: 20/81 Age category position: 3/13]
Sunday
– 3.79m at 11mm pace.
It was 9:30pm before I even got out of the door on Sunday evening.  Dan and I had spent all day with Oscar at an Open Farm day in Peterborough.  It was lovely to have the day out as a family, and we continued tag-teaming for Oscar’s evening routine.  When he was in bed, it was a quick rush round the house to tidy and clean and put the washing on for the following day before I could even get changed for my run.  Nearly 4 miles wasn’t the 8 I had in the calendar, but it was definitely better than no miles.

Week 2 planned: (6 runs)
Monday – Off
Tuesday – Harborough 5 (run to heart rate – 170bpm)
Wednesday – 7m easy (10:50-11:40mm)
Thursday – 8x600m (8:20-8:27mm), 400m rec (12:20-12:30mm)
Friday – 6m easy (10:50-11:40mm)
Saturday – 6m easy/buggy parkrun at chatty pace
Sunday – 10m long (10:29mm)

Week 2 actual: (5 runs)
Monday – Off
Tuesday – Harborough 5
Oscar was overtired when I picked him up from nursery, and wouldn’t let me put him down long enough to get changed to run or for me even go to the toilet.  As soon as Dan was back from work I had to madly rush around the house to get all of my bits together in time.
Annoyingly, as soon as I arrived (three minutes before the start and desperately needing to pee) my Garmin flashed to say that the battery was low and by the time the gun went, there was nothing left at all on the display.  I’d planned on running to heart rate, but in actual fact I am guessing that my first three miles were run at parkrun PB pace.  I then got a stitch and had to walk for a stint as it was so painful!  I’ve not had a stitch in years!  I had a rough fourth mile, but overtook several people in mile 5 to finish in 47m 32s.
Harborough 5 Garmin timeWednesday – Off
We had a carpet fitter coming to measure our bedrooms on Thursday evening after I returned from nursery pickup.  By the time our house was looking as presentable as a house occupied by two full-time working parents and an eight month old whirlwind can look, it was close to 11pm, I was pretty knackered and had no intentions of heading out for 7 miles.
Thursday – 8x600m, 400m rec
1.5m warmup at 11-12mm pace (11:09mm)
8:21, 12:24, 8:26, 2:25, 8:32, 11:57, 8:20, 12:26, 8:30, 11:54, 8:24, 12:09, 8:24, 12:18, 8:23, 12:41
1.5m cooldown at 11-12mm pace (10:59mm)
I loved, loved, loved this session!  I have always loved runs where I have to meet (achievable) set paces for each split and this run reminded me of that.  I managed to teach myself how to set up paces for split distances on my watch and my Garmin beeped every time I was running too slow or too quickly which took the guesswork out of my pacing.
Friday – Off
Run was replaced with sleeping on the sofa by 7pm.  Two weeks into my return to work, super early morning starts and organising an extra person every day had definitely taken it’s toll by this point.
Saturday – buggy parkrun (in 32m 25s) and 4.01m easy (10:52mm) to make up a little for the lack of run on Friday.
Both runs were incredibly hot!
Kettering parkrun with OscarI got quite a few comments from other runners when I ran past them up the hill whilst pushing a buggy!
[Official time: 
32:25 Position: 230/367 Gender position: 82/173 Age category position: 9/14]
Sunday
– 8.09m (10:26mm pace)
Although I was nearly two miles short of the planned distance for Sunday, I was incredibly chuffed with how close I was to my target paces, and especially chuffed with how consistent I ran for miles 3-7 of the run.

Long run consistent split timesBecause (once again) I left it really late to head out on my run, (it was 8:50pm before I headed out the door!) I needed to cut the run short slightly in order to get round and ready for school the following day.

So what have I discovered during the first fortnight of my Hanson’s Marathon Method training?

  • I am loving the set plan with exact paces to follow (especially when it comes to speedwork and long run sessions).  It makes planning for the week so easy.  I know exactly how far I should be running, and at exactly what pace.
  • I spend most of the time in the build up to each run feeling incredibly guilty that I am running instead of doing housework or seeing my husband.  (I tend to run late at night after Oscar has gone to bed so it doesn’t impact on time spent with him.)  I need to stop faffing and just get out and get the full run done as soon as I hand Oscar over to Dan for him to put to bed.  I knew that this plan required for high mileage before I began.  Things will definitely be easier once I finish school for the Summer at the end of July and I feel like I have more time again.
  • If I cut a run short because I’m feeling guilty, I end up feeling cheated as I haven’t completed the run I intended, but I didn’t spend quality time at home either.  The aim for this week is to make sure that no runs are cut short!

Do you enjoy sticking to a training plan?
How many days do you tend to run each week?

My aims for 2017

Dan has been away since Friday and should hopefully return tomorrow.  Our lives seem to be chok-a-block right now and the things I could do with a long weekend…!  Not, it seems, when you have sole responsibility for an eight-month-old baby though.
The first day was fun.  We had lots of playtime, a couple of naps, some messy food, a fun bath and bedtime cuddles.  Day two and things were pretty similar.  Day three, and the company was still silent (From words anyway.  There was plenty of screeching going on!)  I love that I am able to spend all day, every day with Oscar, but I also love having an adult to spend time with in the evenings when Oscar is in bed too!

I admit I was going a little insane by lunchtime today, so treated myself to a falafel and halloumi salad at Castello Lounge in Wellingborough in order to get out of the house and have interaction with other adults.  I probably looked a little insane, sat in the corner of the lounge with just a baby who insisted on ‘chatting’ to me the whole way through the meal!

Halloumi and falafel salad from Castello Lounge, Wellingborough

I was allowed to treat myself anyway, after saving our household from the beast of a spider that turned up on the dining room floor, just hours after Dan had left for his friend’s stag do.

Spider hoover stays outside!

I did manage to get a couple of runs in over the weekend too, although it appears I didn’t plan them out very well.  One of them ended up with me holding Oscar up in the air, whilst two strangers passed the buggy over a locked gate.  Oscar and I also stood and waited patiently for a three-way temporary set of traffic lights to turn green at one point, and annoyingly, there were several tracks which had been runnable, no longer so due to the mixture of sunshine and rain we’ve had just lately.

Overgrown paths

(This was when the path finally widened out again!)

It gave me a chance to think about my Autumn goals whilst I was out anyway.

Stanwick Lakes through the trees

It seems a bit of a funny time to be setting aims and goals for the year – almost at the end of the 5th month!  However, my main goal for 2017 was to return to running successfully following the birth of Oscar and to complete the South Downs Way 50 in April, which I managed to do.  I always planned to reassess further goals for the year following completion of the ultra, once I had a better idea of my post-baby speeds and commitments.

The two running goals I have settled on for the remainder of 2017 are as follows:

1) To complete a marathon in under 4 hours and 30 minutes.
2) To complete a half marathon in under 2 hours.

Both would be fairly big stretch-achievements for me.  My current marathon PB stands at 4:54:08, when I ran Chelmsford marathon at the end of 2015.  My current half PB is 2:09:16, from Bedford half marathon back in 2012, before I even started blogging!  (Although, the half marathons I’ve run since have mainly been on trail and have never been a PB attempt.  My half marathon PB pace doesn’t fall in line with my PB pace over other distances.)  I would prefer to aim high though and hopefully have a better chance of PBing to some extent, rather than aim to only just PB and run to the wire on the day.

The first goal was always going to feature at some point, although it took me ten attempts to break five hours for the marathon.  Fingers crossed that it doesn’t take a further ten to break 4.5!

The second goal came about when I won a competition on Marcus’ Instagram to win a place at Ealing half marathon in September.  Entrants must either be running their first half marathon at Ealing, or be aiming for their first sub 2 hour half.  I couldn’t enter as my first half marathon, but I could enter for my first crack at a sub 2 hour time, so I did…and I won, making the final decision on that second goal for me.

When I started running five years ago I had all of these ‘ideal’ times for distances fixed in my head…30 minutes for a 5k, an hour for a 10k, two hours for a half and four and a half for a marathon.  The first two were quickly ticked off, but those last two are a work in progress.  Obviously these times are not magic numbers at all, and at the end of the day 26.2 miles is still 26.2 miles, no matter how quickly or slowly it has been run.  However, I would like to be able to get these two milestones off my back.  I’m hoping that training hard for the marathon will see my half time naturally drop.

Hansons Marathon Method book

After hearing nothing but good things, I purchased the Hanson’s Marathon Method* book a little while back and have been dipping in and out of the pages ever since.  This method of marathon training calls for six days of running a week, but runs in length of no more than 16 miles.  High mileage across a number of days throughout the week is something that has always worked best for me and, with a new baby at home I have struggled to get out for the long training runs this season.  I am hoping that the shorter ‘long runs’ that are called for will also work in my favour.  The idea is to complete lots of slow running on tired legs, building cumulative fatigue to mimic race day conditions.  A big fan of the method is Sara of ‘Running Wife’, whose blog is where I first read about the concept.  She went from a 4:40 marathon time, to a BQ (Boston Qualifying) time within one training cycle!

I am under no illusions that training will be easy, or that I will magically cut hours from my time, but after having read several success stories from other Hanson’s Marathon Method runners I feel on board with the structure of the training as well as understand the reasons behind it.  I like working with structure when it comes to training plans, and I followed a specific marathon plan in the build up to my PB at Chelmsford at the end of 2015, which seemed to work for me.  The main reason I struggle to commit to plans usually is that I like my chatty, ad-hoc long weekend trail runs, organised sometimes only the night before.  They don’t fit neatly into training plans, but they are a lot of fun!  Whilst Oscar is still so small though, I cannot justify leaving for 7-8 hours at a weekend to go running and for the cake and hot chocolates which undoubtedly follow.  Now is the time to follow a training plan and stick to a structured system.  The only ‘must have’ run I’ve kept in my plan is the weekly club trail run on a Wednesday evening, so I don’t lose touch with my trail mates completely!  Wednesdays are actually the rest day on the training plan, so I’ve switched the schedule around slightly in order to suit me a little better.

I’ve also kept the remainder of the East Midlands Grand Prix races in the calendar, which I intend to run hard (2x 5 miles, 2x 10ks) and *ahem* will also be running the Shires and Spires ultra this coming Sunday.  But technically, that is actually the day before the ‘plan’ begins, so 35 miles this week should be just fine, right?!  😉

I’ve drawn up a spreadsheet with my runs and times, as well as added them to the calendar which is displayed in our dining room downstairs.  The marathon plan starts as I return to work for seven weeks.  I’m hoping (in a bizarre kind of way) that this will actually help me stick to the plan, as it will be a whole new routine for me to take on board from next week anyway.  As Dan will be dropping Oscar off at nursery on his way to work each morning the car seat will still be in his car when I go to collect O again in the evening as I return home from work.  Our plan at the moment is for me to either baby-wear Oscar the two miles home again (if the weather is nice) or run back with the buggy.  Then, I will have to head back out again later to collect my car for the following day anyway.  Might as well run rather than walk, and as I’ll already be in my kit anyway, I might as well continue on to run the mileage on my plan for that day anyway, right?

This week in prep for starting the plan is as follows:
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: easy 6
Wednesday: trail run (6-7m)
Thursday: easy 6
Friday: rest day
Saturday: easy parkrun (3.1m)
Sunday: Shires and Spires 35m

We’ll see how things go.  I’m prepared to be flexible, especially during these first few weeks until things have settled down with my return to work and Oscar’s start at nursery.  If I need to readjust targets or alter paces in the plan, I will do so.  But I’m looking forward to having a running goal to work towards again.

Do you stick to a training plan for races?
What are your target races for the rest of the year?

Do you ever eat out alone?

Cheering everyone on in London

Sunday was of course, London marathon day.  Even my non-running friends knew what was taking place down in London at the weekend.

I headed down to support in person for the first time last year and loved the atmosphere and excitement of hunting people out in the crowds of runners.  Last year I headed down on the bus with Tom who had got himself a place in the ballot, and his sister.  This year, Tom decided that he wanted to see what the atmosphere was like from the other side of the barrier.  So, along with Kev, we caught an early train down from Wellingborough to St Pancras on Sunday morning.

Dan has always been the one to organise our travel.  In fact, when I went down to support last year he printed off maps, wrote down train times and highlighted tube lines for me beforehand!  This year I was on my own when it came to navigation.  Especially when both Tom and Kev confessed beforehand to not knowing how to book train tickets online and asking if I would book for the three of us!  I literally checked the date and times on the tickets repeatedly for days to make sure I hadn’t gotten anything wrong.  Luckily, we made it to London just as the wheelchairs were then setting off, so still with lots of time to spare to get to Tower Bridge, our first vantage point.

Tom and I split off from Kev here, who had decided to head straight towards the finish line.  We did point out that he would be enduring rather a long wait before he saw the first runners coming through!

So Tom and I caught the tube down to Tower Hill and then had to ask a policeman for directions to the bridge!  (I know…I just don’t visit London very often.  I don’t know where anything is!)  We arrived just as the wheelchairs were coming through, and headed a little way down the turning on the far side of the road to secure our spot before the elites made their way past.

When you see the elites go through it seems as though they are not going that fast to begin with.  Then you glance at their leg turnover, see how long their stride is, realise that they are ticking off every mile in less than five minutes…I could never even run one mile in that time, never mind continuously for 26 and a bit of them!

It’s generally fairly easy to spot our club runners at races as our luminous green vest can usually be picked out from a distance.  At London, with such a variety of charity vests and other tops, it is much, much harder to recognise our club vests in time though.

Last year I took just one photo of our runners out on the course.

Jon at London marathonJon is a sub three hour marathon runner and a good head height above most others, so even easier to spot than most.  Even then, I only just managed to get this one shot of him, with a supporter’s hand in the way.  As the volume of runners increased, it became impossible to take any more photos.  It was tough enough spotting runners before they reached us in time to shout encouragement out as they passed.  Therefore, I decided that this year I wouldn’t bother taking my camera and just concentrated on the cheering instead.

Tom and me were a good team though, and between us we managed to spot everybody from our list who had been wearing a Welly green vest and some of our club who were out running in their charity tops as well.  We definitely would not be able to spot as many as we did had it not been for the tracking system on the marathon website though.  Apparently the actual tracking app is only available for Apple users, but I heard several reports about it not really being very reliable both last year and this.

We stayed at the bridge for about two hours before heading back down onto the underground and popping back out again at St James’s Park.  We knew by this point (thanks to Twitter!) that the men’s race had been won in an almost world record time and I was eager to see find out how close it had been in the final stages.  As they had passed back in front of us at mile 18 on the course the front two runners were a long, long way ahead of the rest of the pack.

Kev was waiting for us by the ‘600m to the finish’ sign.  We heard him before we saw him.  Tom and I arrived in time to see the first of our runners go through, who then went on to run a 2:56:44.  Jon went by a few minutes later, another one of the guys from our club and then our first lady, Kelly, went by to finish in 3:12:42 for her marathon debut.  What a time!  She even ran a portion of the race with Dame Kelly Holmes, so made it onto TV for a few seconds as well.

Kelly and Kelly at the London marathonAfter Kelly came through it became more and more difficult to scan the crowds for our runners and we relied more and more on the website tracking to help us predict when runners would be coming through.  The crowd were amazing and so supportive of the runners out on the course.  Every time a runner slowed or broke into a walk, the crowd became deafening, urging them to continue for the final 600 metres of the race.

One older guy dropped down just infront of us with really bad cramp.  Immediately, another runner pulled over and without even exchanging words picked the guy’s leg up, pushing into it with his palm to try and relieve the pain.  He remained with him until two people near to us on the supporting side jumped the barrier and took over so that the selfless man could continue with his own race.  There were several runners who had teamed up to offer support either side of runners with failing legs and one guy was even picked up and carried in a fireman’s lift when his legs gave way completely.  It was amazing watching all of the fast runners storm past on their way to the finish line, but it was so humbling to see so many selfless people stop to check on the wellbeing of other runners so close to the end of their own race.

The weather just started to turn as the last of our runners came in to the finish and we felt a few drops of rain.  Time for pizza and to head home.  It’s pretty knackering supporting all day!  😉

London supporter

Now to spend the next few evenings catching up on the TV coverage through iPlayer…

Did you watch the London marathon this year?
If you attend a televised event, do you still turn around and watch it on TV afterwards?

Desperation to run the London marathon

There’s a marathon taking place in two weeks time.  There’s a good chance that even if you have no interest in running you will still know something about this one.

A couple of the (non-running related) big Youtubers I follow seem to be running the event this year, articles keep popping up online and even Radio 2 featured an interview with Paula Radcliffe earlier in the week.

I was lucky enough to gain a club ballot place at the London marathon back in 2014.  I had been interested in running the London marathon since I first started running in 2011.  However, unlike for some it wasn’t my dream race, or one I felt that I had to run.  I’d already run three marathons and an ultra marathon by the time I reached the VLM start line in April 2014.

VLM number

This didn’t stop the barrage of questions coming from non-running friends, family and work colleagues who knew that I would be running the London marathon that year though.  You’ll be surprised at how many people suddenly become interested when you drop into the conversation that it is London marathon that you will be running.  They’ve heard of that race.  That one is on TV.  The other marathons weren’t real marathons were they?Are they the same distance as the London marathon?…!

Last year for the first time, the Virgin Money London Marathon operated a new ballot entry system for entry to the event.  In previous years, the ballot opened on the Monday eight days following the race and remained open until 125,000 wannabe runners had entered their names into the metaphorical hat.  Last year though, the lottery system changed and the ballot entry system remained open for five whole days, meaning that in total, 247,069 wannabes were in the hat ready for the draw to take place months later for even less places in the race.  The VMLM website states that this change was made to reflect the large number of people previously unable to enter due to ‘religious holidays, shift work, family commitments and other reasons’.

In total, there are 50,000 places issued for the race each year.  (Apparently just 35,000 of this number make it to the start line on race day for one reason or another.)  This number is not made up purely of ballot entries though.  The number also accounts for the high number of charity entries, elites and the ever growing list of Good For Age (GFA) and Championship start runners.  Basically, your chances of getting in through the ballot are very small indeed.  Allegedly the quality of runners we have in the UK has increased substantially over recent years and so a few years back, the GFA guidelines were tightened further.  As a result, I would now need to achieve a separate marathon time of 3h 45m or faster in order to qualify for a GFA place in London.  Probably not entirely impossible.  I’m sure if I worked bloody hard and trained solely for one event I could cut my marathon times by a large margin, but I would very definitely have to sacrifice a lot to get there for my current starting point!

I won a 2014 place through my running club ballot.  Every affiliated running club in the UK is issued a number of ballot places dependent upon the number of runners in their club.  In the past, our club had always been allocated four places, but last year, despite membership numbers increasing, we were offered just three.  Each club seems to lay down their own rules when it comes to entering for a chance to win a place for London.  Our club grants one entry for each member who has been so for a minimum of a year, followed by a further entry if you marshal or run at our club Summer race, the Welly 5.  A third entry can be gained by running enough races to score for WDAC in the local series, the Northamptonshire Road Running League.  I like that our club reward for supporting the club events, and also showing that you are willing to compete for the club.

When you’ve been in the running world a little while, you can spot the runners that seem to get a place in the London marathon year after year.  They’re not fast enough for a GFA, don’t appear to be raising any money for charity, yet have taken an entry for several years in a row.

There’s an event near where I live called the Colworth Marathon Challenge.  I ran it for the first time last year and loved it.  The concept is that you run a marathon over the three days of the weekend.  Five miles of road on the Friday evening, a trail 8.1m on Saturday lunchtime and then topped off with a trail half marathon on the Sunday morning.  It’s a great event with fab support and several of our club take advantage of the free camping in the grounds for the weekend to turn it into a proper party event!

Colworth marathon challenge numbers

Results are published for all three events, but then also for the Marathon Challenge with a cumulative time.  Although not being an actual marathon, it seems that VMLM have been accepting these times for GFA entries unknowingly.  Although some of the route for Colworth is off-road and rutty, – running a marathon over three days, with time for rest, recovery and lots of food inbetween is in no way the same as gaining the same time as running a genuine marathon in one day.

Something that really winds me up is when people swap numbers for large events.  Lots of smaller events offer to let you transfer numbers, as Race Directors don’t want to see places go to waste.  Injuries, pregnancies, and all number of other things can happen between entering and race day.  It makes sense to allow runners to transfer numbers at smaller events, as long as updated ICE numbers and medical details are given.  In a balloted race though, this cannot be an option.  It would be unfair if you gained a place in the race just because you had fast (or lucky/unlucky!) friends.

In one of the Facebook blogger groups I’m a member of, a link was recently shared to a post talking about an American blogger who has been banned from Boston following an initial donation of her race bib to a friend and then using her friend’s time to qualify for Boston the following year.  Have a read and let me know what you think.  I had a place for the Great North Run (another balloted event) back in 2013 which I wasn’t able to run as it conflicted with a race scheduled as part of my Women’s Running magazine win.  A friend asked if he could have the place and although the place was just going to go to waste otherwise, I was worried that something might happen, or that both him and I would lose our right to be able to enter future British road races, as threatened in the race pack.  I lost my place in the end.
At a recent local event, a runner known to our club had passed on their place to another runner, who then happened to win a prize for coming in 3rd in his age category, when in fact the person who had run in his place was not in that age category at all.  The poor person who thought they had just been pipped to the post and crossed the line in 4th should have gone home with a prize instead.

Anyway, back to London…

Cons – Having to apply a year in advance and, for the majority of runners, not finding out for another six months whether or not you have been issued with a place.  An expensive event when you total everything up, it also requires great planning by yourself and any supporters for race day to navigate where you and they should be and when.  You have to attend the race expo (or nominate a friend to head down with your ID) in the four days before race day, meaning that if you don’t live in London you will be spending a lot of that week out that way!  Also, if you don’t like feeling trapped, this probably isn’t the race for you as for several miles your pace will be dictated by those around you.  The streets will be littered with unseen water bottles that you are often unable to miss, potentially causing injury and wiping you out in the very beginning.Half way VLM

Pros – The atmosphere is amazing, the support line the streets for the entire course and there is a good chance that you will be able to spot some of the elites out on the course as the route snakes back on itself at halfway.  The race has ‘status’ from non-runners who will most likely spend the morning trying to look out for you (amongst the other 34,999 runners) on TV!  There are pacers available for a wide variety of finish times and the organisation is spot on.Mo at London

Although I loved running the London marathon and would love to run it again one day, if I don’t gain a place in the ballot for 2017 when places are issued in October, I won’t be too upset and I won’t be going about an ‘illegal’ entry method to gain a place.  I am very excited to go down and support for a second year on the 24th April and I feel very lucky that I have been able to run the race when many others are still waiting for their lucky entry.  But there are so many other fantastic marathons out there for me to go and try.  Some for just a fraction of the cost and hassle that come with running London!

What has been your favourite marathon?
Have you run the London marathon?
Would you ever be untruthful in order to gain a place for a race?