If at first you don’t succeed…

Sep 27, 13 If at first you don’t succeed…

My running was going really well right through to June this year, as you may recall I even took my trainers on holiday with me, but for some reason when I came home the running petered out.

I blamed some work stress in June/July for triggering the M.E again and it pretty much resulted in me spending five hours in casualty this month hooked up to various drips and monitors, coming home with antibiotics and being too ill to leave the house for almost three weeks.

This week the results of the London Marathon ballot were released and I didn’t get a place, although several friends did on their first attempt.  At first I wasn’t sure whether to be relieved or disappointed.  After all, look at the mess I made of myself training for London this year, but as the week progressed I realised I really was let down.  A charity place was an option but the added pressure of trying to raise that sort of money would probably break me.

I’d always said if I didn’t get in then I’d do Manchester Marathon instead, it’s on 6th April so a little earlier than London, that said with recent health I wasn’t sure.  Edinburgh is on my birthday weekend in May and would allow almost two months more training, but I’m told the whole course and experience at Manchester is better and of course the travel and accommodation will be much cheaper.

So the hotel is booked, the entry form has been accepted and I am now officially taking part in my second marathon.  Is it wise?

I’ve noticed that for some reason if I stop running I get ill.  If I run, albeit it short distances and slowly, I seem to maintain better health.  Go figure.  So really, entering a marathon is going to be good for me.  I’ve joined a gym, so this year the snow and ice can’t beat me as I’ll head indoors and use the treadmill instead.

I’ll also start training a lot earlier, whilst the run/walk plan starting Jan was okay, I’d feel a lot more comfortable if I had that extra cushion of an additional two months training so will be starting next week.  I won’t promise I’ll make it to the gym tomorrow just in case I can’t.

I’ve also just received my first sponsor, less than half an hour after confirming my entry, I can’t tell you how good that feels, and it’s the support I received from my friends, family, clients and sponsors last year that got me through London.

I’m feeling a lot more positive now I’ve made the decision to enter I have to say!


  1. Gillian Barker /

    Go Girl,

    I am sure you will be successful in both training & the marathon itself, I am doing the York marathon in 18 days! & have had to stop training earlier than I wanted to due to a knee ligament injury – luckily I have already done 20m but would have liked to do done 22, my sports therapist has masssaged, prescribed ice and rest for a few days then build up to 10m – he will strap me up on the day if necessary!

    I always feel better when running regularly!


    • Helen /

      I hope your injury heals in time Gillian! I can recomnmend KT Tape, it made a big difference to me in London and I find taping my knee much more comfortable than traditional sports knee supports.

    • Slowly! I’ll get a blog post done this weekend with an update but I managed nine miles on my own last Sunday so it’s not as bad as I feared.

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