London Marathon 2019 Race Recap

London Marathon 2019 Start

I’d been building toward the London marathon for 17 weeks. If truth were told, I probably started before then but got a little more serious before Christmas. I talked about my build up in my post here.

I spend the week before the race with four days in Poland and four in Athens, Greece. The time in Poland allowed gently runs along the beach and a blast around Gdansk parkrun. Continue reading “London Marathon 2019 Race Recap”

Should you run a negative split?

London Marathon Mass

I’ve been contemplating how to run the London Marathon in 2 weeks time. In my research, it’s come up a few times that I should run a negative split.

  • A negative split is running the second half of a race faster than the first
  • A positive split is the opposite – a faster first half of a race faster than the second
  • An even split is run both halves at the same pace.

My current plan for the London Marathon is to do 9 min/miles and come in under 4 hours. If I’m honest, I’m probably going to go off a little quicker, bank some minutes and then if I slow down, I’ve hopefully got something in the bag, so to say. Therefore, run a positive split. Continue reading “Should you run a negative split?”

Marathon Training – Weeks 1 to 13

The-Big-Half-Finish

I’ve been meaning to post this for some time. Now there’s only 4 weeks until the London Marathon. I’m following the VLM intermediate plan. It’s the most structured plan I have followed for some time. When I say structured, what I probably mean is, it’s one I’ve followed most rigidly. Continue reading “Marathon Training – Weeks 1 to 13”

Marathon tips – Get your preperation sorted

London Marathon 2010

The bulk of your marathon training will be done and the taper will have started. All those hard miles will be soon worth it.

You’ll be excited about the big day, and you can never have too many tips. I’ve only done 2 marathons (both London) but the majority of the tips hold up for any race.

BUILD UP

Run in your vest – test this out well before race day. Most of the time charity vests are not the greatest quality and some have a seam under the armpit that can rub the inside of your arm. See tip on Vaseline and plasters. Continue reading “Marathon tips – Get your preperation sorted”

The Streets of London – VLM 2017 Results

2008 London Marathon

The 2017 London Marathon ballot results were out last week.

I won’t build the tension. I didn’t get a place (the sixth time in a row). Actually, I don’t know anyone who got a place (in real life or online life). Maybe the people who are in, keep it quiet as there are so many peeved off people grumping about the ballot system.

The email arrived (I am yet to find my magazine) and I was not too crushed; I knew the chances of a place were slim. (1 in 16 I believe).

2017 VLM Email
My “You’re not in” email

I have also had the privilege of running the London Marathon twice (one back in 2008 via the NSPCC and then 2010 via the ballot), so I can’t be too down about it.  Continue reading “The Streets of London – VLM 2017 Results”