PREPARED FOR 26.2

I can’t believe that in less than 24 hours I will be running the London Marathon! It has been 2 long years of early mornings, long runs, knee pain, haribo, muddy trainers, blisters and preparation races to get me here. I’m not sure if I feel as mentally or physically prepared as I could be, but I’ve done what I can.

I’ve done (most) of my training runs. This year I followed Hal Higdon’s novice supreme training plan, I found it quite a good plan, if a little long! I also changed up the whole ‘running 3 days in a row’ thing, which I think I would do again if I train for another race.

I’ve been to the marathon expo. Emily, Joe and I went after work on Thursday to collect our race numbers and chips, write our names on the Adidas coach structure and check out the exhibits. I bought a new colourful sports bra, and tried a few cliff bars and other energy bars that they were giving out. Unfortunately we didn’t have all that long at the expo so didn’t get to check out many of the stands or get many freebies!

I’ve created a marathon playlist- 5.5 hours of upbeat music, including some Glee, Lady Gaga, and some ‘inspirational’ songs such as this one.

I’ve ironed my name onto my MIND running top and organised my race outfit, including shoes, socks, leggings, sports bra and top!

I’ve worked out where my friends/family will be standing on the course, ok maybe I have instructed them where to stand, same thing. I am most nervous about miles 18-24 so I’ve tried to ensure that there are plenty of cheerleaders during those 6 miles of the course!

I think I am pretty much ready for the 26+ miles, or as ready as I can be. Tonight involves a lot of pasta and an early night! This time tomorrow I will have run a marathon!!!

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