London Marathon running for Stepney City Farm: introducing Mike!
Hello! Mike here, or Mr Track and Fit Club as I probably should be known. I'm Becky's husband and I'm a runner too so will be taking over this blog every week or so for the next few months ahead of this year's London Marathon.
After applying in the London Marathon ballot every year since 2013 and having six consecutive rejections I thought I was cursed never to run, however this year I have been offered a place by Stepney City Farm a great charity running a community farm just half a mile from the marathon route in the heart of the East End. I went down to the farm this week to see Claire, the CEO, and to get acquainted with some of the animals, included a rather impressive goat called Gargle. The great work Claire and the others do would not be possible without donations, which is why I'm so pleased to be taking on 26.2 to support them.
This will be my third marathon after running Liverpool in 2016 (3:31) and Paris last spring (3:19) however this is the first one I am actually following a plan of sorts – my philosophy before was simply to do one long run a fortnight getting progressively longer up to 20 miles about a month before the marathon. I was terrified of getting injured through overuse after ITB issues caused me to have to stop running for 3 months in 2014.
But this year is different. This year I am following a sort of variant of the FIRST marathon programme with a long run on a Sunday and a couple of shorter quicker runs during the week, take a look here . And I am 6 weeks in and my legs are still working *touch wood* but we will see how they are after my second 20 mile run tomorrow!