I have been really, really rubbish at blogging these past two months, which is probably a result of too much work, excessive boozing, marathon training and being too knackered post-running to do anything other than watch back-to-back episodes of Come Dine With Me on More 4.
This leads me onto the topic of this post which is – how do you fit it all in? The marathon training that is, not the five episodes of Come Dine With Me.
I knew when I first took up the challenge of training that fitting in four medium length sessions of running a week (40-70 mins) plus one long run at weekends, was going to be tough. Added to that the fact that you’re meant to spend your ‘rest days’ doing strengthening exercises (weights, swimming, pilates etc improve the muscles that support your running), and actually getting everything done without a time machine becomes a task in itself.
I’ve found the best thing to do is just to be really flexible. Can’t fit a run in after work because you’re meeting a friend for dinner? Get up an hour early and go before work (ahh the joys of running in the dark at 7am!), or start making your evening plans a bit later so you can run in between (friends soon get used to you turning up slightly stressed and sweaty). Can’t do a long Sunday run because you just know you’ll be hungover? Make sure you keep Saturday morning free and go then instead.
It all sounds really simple, and it is! In fact the hard bit is keeping yourself going when you feel like you’re constantly dashing between work, social events, workouts and all those other vaguely important things like sleeping and eating.
One thing I have found helpful is following Virgin London Marathon’s Facebook page, which is always full of useful advice, motivational posts and reminders that you are certainly not alone in the hardcore training process.
Twitter is another good place to get inspired – whether it’s looking at what fellow runners are up to on the #londonmarathon and #vlm hashtags, or following personal trainers, running coaches or health and fitness magazines for their wise words and ideas.
Overall though I think the best thing you can do sometimes is not really think about it – just get outside and get on with it!