Week 1 – 6: It’s a Slow Start!

Yes, so training is not going so well…I’m not feeling proud. Looking back, I can see that I wasn’t taking training seriously, because the running date still seemed so far away.

I am glad to say however, that something has finally clicked and I’m taking training more seriously. I think ultimately it was the combination of hearing how well my friend Liz was doing and the stern talking to from my unofficial trainer Ben, that forced me into action. Nothing like moral support to get you feeling motivated!

Sunrise in El parque del Retiro

So here we go, the first few weeks are embarrassingly poor, but by week 5 I started to run more frequently.


For my full 16 Week Marathon Training Plan, follow this link.

Goodbye Runtastic, Hello Nike+ Run Club Running App

After having used Runtastic for the last 3 years, I thought I would never switch to a different app because I had got so used to it. It also had all my statistics saved on it. After changing phones however, I lost all that data (annoyingly!) and decided to switch to the Nike+ Run Club Running App.

  • Miles vs km: Strangely enough I have found that tracking my run in miles rather than km has been motivating. Call me crazy, but 6 miles at 7am on a Monday morning sounds a whole lot more manageable than 10 kilometres! (This also explains the random change from km to miles in my spreadsheet).
  • Setting challenges: If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to convince yourself to cut your run short before you actually need to. Say you notice a slight twinge in your knee or you realise you’re hungrier than you realised, you might decide to head home a bit earlier. With the Nike app, you can set your run target for that session, which I personally find much more motivating.
  • Works backwards: Something I find myself doing in a half marathon for example is working out how many miles/km I have left. I always feel like it makes the challenge seem more manageable. This is what the Nike app calculates for you – which is an added touch that I like.
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Running in Retiro so early in the morning is an absolute dream – once I do manage to drag myself out of bed…

Now time for a shameless plug…

I mentioned my friend Liz earlier in this post – she is the main reason I am running this marathon. We are both trying to raise £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation. If you would like to support our efforts, here are the links to our Just Giving pages:

My Just Giving page & Liz’s Just Giving page

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I promise I’ll train harder!




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