I must have temporarily lost the plot, because I appear to have signed up for a marathon…

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I am envious of Mr.Potato Head…

Wish me luck with Marathon. Managed 2 hrs, 35 mins last year & then I just had to watch something else – From Twitter @thekeithchegwin Proper made me chuckle!

So yesterday the London Marathon took place (in London, duh) and apart from being well and truly in awe of the people who took part and completed it, there were a few things that really caught my attention.

1. The winner (of the men’s race) completed the course in just over two hours. TWO HOURS! He was running 13mph. My car doesn’t even get to that speed when I’m in traffic on my morning commute. Seriously can’t fathom this running speed. Amazing.

2. There were an enormous amount of World Records set during the race, including the most Rubik’s cubes solved in a marathon  – it was 100 by the way in 4 hours and 45 minutes. I don’t think I will finish my marathon in that time without the cubes! – and Fastest Marathon dressed as Mr. Potato Head to name a few of my favourites. You can see the full list of records set at this page and it is well worth a quick scan for a good giggle.

3. I really want to do it. I didn’t realise it before but I really would love to do it properly. I am really excited to do the Liverpool Marathon in October and with my over-reactive skin it will certainly be easier for me running in the Winter. However, I really want to do the London one next year. I know it is very difficult to gain entry for it, but I’ve decided it’s definitely a goal that I want to work towards. One heavy step at a time…

I know that many switch off when the marathon comes around in the year, and to an extent I am one of them. But, the more I’m running and reading about running, the more I am reminded of when I was a teenager, when I didn’t catch out of breathe, when I could run for as long as I wanted without breaking a sweat, and when I actually enjoyed running and looked forward to one day being in the Olympics (a dream of mine when I was a young child).
Those dreams may be gone now, but televised events such as these should really get people moving again. I doubt it does, which is sad.
But oh well, at least Mr.Potato Head is doing his bit.

Definitely a contender for best marathon fancy dress idea EVER


No April fool, time to get serious

Saturday morning run…

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 5km (3.1 miles)
Time taken: 42.29 minutes
Average speed: 7.1 km an hour (4.5 mph)
Calories burned: 317

April is here a little sooner than I’d hoped, marking the start of training. Dun dun dunnnnn!
As mentioned in my Getting Organised post, I’m going to be working to a 6 month schedule to the big race in October. Not exactly to the one mentioned there, as I’ve seen many online and I’m sure they’re equally difficult useful.
However, what I will take from it is that I will need to be running 3 times weekly -preferably alternately to allow for rest days – and I shall aim to do the distances mentioned to guarantee some sort of progression.

The thing is, I want to do this marathon in between 4 and 5 hours. The thought of being that person still running on the roads when they are packing away scares the living crap out of me.
So I’ll need to be running an average of 10km (6ish miles) an hour to meet this target. At the moment it’s looking slim, but the training has only just begun….on Monday anyway. Time to get serious.

International fitness week

Apprently, it’s International Fitness Week starting today.

According to the website, this week (14th – 20th March) is all about:
“inspiring people across the world to make a change, finding out what activity works for them and lead a healthier lifestyle. So save the date now and get motivated to get moving!”

This is what I hope to do with this blog.
I’m just  a normal person. Not hugely into exercise by any  means, although I was really good at school. Yes, I’m one of these annoying women who always wants to lose a few pounds and “get healthy” when another New Year comes around.

So if I can inspire just one person to get off the couch/computer/arse, then it’ll be worthwhile.

So far at the gym I have been casually exercising. Doing a quick run, doing a few weight machines, few minutes on the bike and then home.

I also got a tattoo last week, and you’re not really supposed to exercise the week after as it disrupts the healing process. But I want to take this seriously now.

Today, I’m gonna set myself a goal of 5k.

Under pressure

Originally, all this marathon talk started at work.

My friend/colleague, Gavin, told me that he would love to do a marathon before he turned 45. I said I wanted to do one before I was 25. So, in a light hearted manner, we decided to do the New York Marathon, which just so happened to be on his 45th birthday, this upcoming November ( I would already be 25 at this point, but it’s really irrelevant now).

Now of course, we were stupid naive, because, of course, it is near impossible to get into the New York Marathon, let alone raise the cash to fly there and get accomodation. So it all went down the pan a bit.

Until last month, when the Liverpool Marathon was annnounced. For me, this is local enough being from Manchester, and for Gav, a Liverpool footy fan, it was a great location.

So Gav finally signed up yesterday. Making it official. No bottling it. I’m going to have constant pressure to keep training. Plus, it gives us a bit of a personal challenge – who will finish first out of the two of us?

My bets are on him.

I’m going to try and get a 10k done this weekend. Try being the operative word.

Gettin’ that Friday feeling!

So, I haven’t actually done any running since signing up for the deathrace Marathon this week.

Tonight, Friday night, I’m going to the gym.
Treadmill here I come! The goal is to run as far as possible at a steady pace to see where I’m really startin’ from (I can probably guess though. It’s somewhere around the Bottom mark).

In terms of training, I am going to try and stick to the 6 month schedule, which, my by calculations, will begin the first week in April.
My goal will therefore be to get my stamina up this month to ‘Beginner Level’ which is apparently running 3-4 miles comfortably.

I’ll be doing spinning class next week and getting my ass back to the gym at least 3 times a week like I used to.


Crikey, I feel knackered already just talking about it. I think I’d better have a sit down and a brew…


Hello. I am Karen.
You may or may not have worked it out yet, but I appear to have temporarily lost my mind, as I signed up for a marathon today.

I’m going to use this blog as a way to track my progress, look for tips relating to training, generally whinge about how hard running is (I hate to put a downer on things, but I’m just warning you in advance) and hopefully raise some money for a charity (as of yet undecided) along the way.

Here’s a little bit about me to get us introduced properly.

1. I have never run a marathon before.
2. I am a chocaholic.
3. I was a very good runner in school (nearly a decade ago now) and would like to get back in shape.
4. I have red hair, very pale skin and an intolerance to heat, so always look like I have a beetroot for a head when I exercise.
5. I have always said I would like to run a marathon before I’m 25. I will be 25 in October this year: 2011.

With that in mind, the Liverpool marathon was announced last month, taking place on October 9th (a few weeks before I turn 25!)

Being from Manchester, I thought, hey, why not? It’s close after all. And I’ve heard the London Marathon is an absolute pain to get into.
So, foolishly, I’m all signed up! With 6 months to go until the race, I’ve got a long way to go. Wish me luck!

This is me. Demonstrating my athletic capabilities. Stuck in a tree.