The time seems to be flying by now, and the training and
fund-raising planning is underway. I have a regular training
partner, Charlotte, who is also doing the Kiln Sierra Marathon, and
we have been working hard to motivate each other and getting a few
runs under our belts.
The recent cold snap and snow did put a little dent in our
outside running, but we used the time instead to do some interval
training and leg strength work inside in the gym.
It's great having another person to
run with, we have pushed
each other when one of us doesn't feel like putting in the
or feels like skipping the gym. Having trained so well together
far, and motivating each other, we have decided that we are
actually going to run the whole marathon together.
Some people have suggested that we
shouldn't as you should run your own race, but the challenge of
doing this race I think needs motivation all the way round. It's
unlike the big marathons like London, New York, Berlin etc, as I
don't think we'll have hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering
us on!! Also, neither of us have ever run 26 miles, so it's a
complete unknown to us both.
So we have to prepare….
To help us out, I have downloaded a
16 week training plan which should take us from the level of
fitness that we currently are at to the level we need to be to run
the marathon. There are 3 runs in the plan during the week, to a
maximum of 80 minutes, and then the weekend long run. That's a
challenge, to fit in the time and increase the distance week in
week out. But having a plan to work to will help us.
The Kiln group that are running are
also going to do some group runs at lunchtime. It's quite a bonding
experience for us all.
It's lucky that we work so close to
the river, as it's quite a nice thing to do at lunchtime, run along
the Thames and back to Westminster, and as the weather gets nicer
(hopefully!) it'll be a much more pleasant run. We are going to
look for places outside of London to run for the longer weekend
run, as variety is key to keeping the training interesting.
Also, the Just Giving site is now
live and my page is here: http://www.justgiving.com/sam-arrowsmith.
So the plans to start the fund-raising are underway too…... I have
a few ideas which I'm looking into, and again, with other runners
from the Kiln contingent we have a plan of a local event we want to
hold to raise some cash. Every penny counts!! I also continue to
tweet on my @KilnSamRuns account, and will use social
media to continue to raise the profile of the run and the
It's going to be a busy few