Saturday, October 15, 2016

5 Awesome Things About Not Getting A London Marathon Place

After running a marathon in 2015, I did say I wouldn't do another. And yet somehow in May, I couldn't resist throwing my name into the London Marathon ballot. Places are hugely oversubscribed for a reason- it's an incredible event, and given I now know I am capable of a marathon, I'm tempted, just not tempted enough to fight for a place. But when I got my 'no' email (I haven't been home for a couple of weeks, so there's probably the requisite magazine waiting for me there too), I was pretty relieved. Marathon training is intense, it takes over your life and it requires (at least it did for me) a great deal of sacrifice in order to have time to train. So here's five reasons to be glad if you too are feeling rejected...

1. Did someone say... wine?

For a lot of people getting their weekly increasingly long 'long run' in means an early start or giving up an entire weekend day. That can mean having to put down the wine glass that's basically mandatory with a pizza in my house. And that's no fun at all. Enjoy your autumnal evening pizza with as much Primitivo as you like now you know you won't have to 18 miles at 7am on Sunday....


It's the weekend. I'm full of grim cold-cough sickness so obviously it's all about pizza and primitivo 

2. These... 

Clarks Hamble Oak Brogues shoes


Instead of these...

Joy is shiny new @mizunorunning trainers ready for hill training and more this week. #girlswhorun #thisgirlcan

Because new running shoes are great and everything, but you can buy a lot of fun shoes for the same price. I ran about 350 miles training for my marathon and new running shoes are recommend every 300-500 miles....

3. Loads more of this too...

This week I am especially proud to be a girl who rides. The entire female Great British Olympic delegation inspire me to work harder, ride longer push further and feel even more joy! #girlswhoride #girlswhorun #fitchicks #fitnessblogger #lbloggers #cyclin

Because have you ever tried fitting a 100km bike ride into a week where you also have to run 15 miles?

4. When a sandwich goes back to being a meal and not a snack...

I seriously don't think I've ever had to eat as much as I did when marathon training and it's tedious. Eating the balance of carbohydrates and protein around training runs requires planning and after a while it's easy to feel like all you're doing is running, eating or thinking about running or eating.

5. Running for actual joy

I ran a marathon and nobody can take that away from me, but I also lost a little bit of joy along the way. Yes I pushed my body above and beyond, yes I achieved something, but a casual 5 miles on a sunny day, because that's something I can do and something I want to do, that's amazing too. And there isn't often time for that in a marathon plan.

Mega sweaty 5 miles back to the house after a mega sweaty First ever ParkRun this morning. #runningblogger #parkrun #teambrc

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