I am running the Virgin London Marathon this year for The White Lodge Centre.
HELP ME OUT!
So I’m starting to get into the swing of training now. Slowly logging up the kilometres.
Saturday is my favoured day for doing a big run, then I can spend Sunday doing far fewer runny related things.
Park Run in Brockwell Park is my way of getting going. A 9am start on a winter morning isn’t exactly an appealing prospect, but joining hundreds of other runners doing the same is great motivation…
So after 5km, I get my Park Run timing chip, and I have the first chunk of distance under my belt. The Park Run pace is fast… I don’t look too good at this point!
So this is what the Park Run folk told me:
Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill results for event #310. Your time was 00:23:54.
Congratulations on completing your 12th parkrun and your 12th at Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill today. You finished in 125th place and were the 113th male out of a field of 312 parkrunners and you came 13th in your age category VM40-44. Take a look at this week’s full set of results on our website. Your PB at Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill remains 00:22:21. Congratulations on your fastest time this year.
It’s not easy to continue running after a quick 5km, but I get into a more comfortable pace. Four more laps of the park…
This is probably a little cheaty, but I like to take a break two-thirds into the run at the Lido Cafe, and get a quick fuel boost. Granola with yoghurt and fruit, and a cheeky mocha. Then it’s back to the job.
Run complete. Just managed to sneak under the two hour mark for the half marathon (by two seconds).
Apologies for the nudity! Post-run ice bath… not fun. The final chapter of pain! Well this week, I managed to get my run up to 24km. That’s Park Run, plus six laps of Brockwell Park. So next week, I’ll be breaking the 25km barrier. Marathon training takes up a lot of time, but hopefully, I can raise some cash for The White Lodge Centre. If you would like to help me out, that would be just great!