Category: Liverpool 2011

Farewell, old friends

The magnitude of what I am putting myself through really hit home this week. I’ve started building up my mileage a bit to the start of the training plan in June, but started to get a few niggly aches and strains. Turns out my running shoes are knacked. So I looked into the average life for a pair of running shoes and it turns out that the new pair will be worn out before I even get to the start of the marathon in October. That’s how much training is required. Distinctly unappealing. So I’ve got some new shoes. Nothing of interest to report there, except saying goodbye to the old pair was strangely emotional. I bought these back in 2007 when I’d just graduated, was working in a supermarket and basically spent all my free time pissed up and not exercising. I bought them in lurid orange so that I couldn’t wear them out and about casually, and if I didn’t do some bloody running I would have wasted all my money. Found out I was actually quite good at running and got into it more than I ever thought I would. If I hadn’t have bought these I probably wouldn’t be writing this now and looking towards the 9th October with such trepidation. I have covered many miles in them; I’ve run well in them, I’ve run badly...

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So I signed up for a marathon…

After saying for months (if not years) that I would go for one, and always coming up with an excuse as to why I couldn’t do it, I had one too many glasses of wine on Thursday evening while reading about the Liverpool Marathon and I appear to have coughed up £48 for the privilege of running 26.2 miles around the Merseyside area in less than six months time. I am scared. I am even more scared after plotting a route on Google Maps that covers 26 miles on roads I know around Manchester. Turns out it is really, really far. So I thought I’d use this place to blog about how I get on. I’ve got a 16-week training plan, which advised starting on 20th June. I go to Glastonbury on 21st June. I would imagine that I will be starting my training a week later than I...

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