Day 284 – 290 – Getting ready for the big trip to LondonApril 10th, 2014 by David
The week before any vacation is always brutally painful, it is especially painful however when it is leading up to running your first marathon! I have been trying to tie up all the loose ends up at work whilst at the same time dealing with marketing and communications activities for fundraising and media publications. My fundraising target has been at the forefront of my thoughts for a long time, it is difficult to find time to train, work for AECOM and run ‘The Feeling of Success’ let alone throw in all the hard work that it takes to chase people for donations! I was really concerned that I was not going to meet the target but the fantastic response that I have received sees me within touching distance of £3000 which I hope can grow to £3500 by the time I have run the marathon. (If you haven’t donated and you would like to please go to www.justgiving.com/dmmd).
I have enjoyed tapering very much! The extra rest and reduction in distance has been a welcome relief. On Friday I decided to start the process of carbo loading, I made a nice bowl of pasta and tucked in, I haven’t eaten any pasta in 9 months and when I woke up on Saturday morning I felt as though I had the mother of all hangovers, I think I may have a wheat intolerance and I will not be repeating that mistake again! I want to make sure I have got my routine perfect for the big day. On Saturday I covered 5 miles despite feeling sluggish and fighting off the last of my cold, my compartment syndrome was playing up which meant I had to walk a few times but I managed to get through it relatively comfortably. On the Sunday though my joints really flared up, I was swollen and sore. It was especially frustrating when on Monday I attempted my last run before the marathon and I had to stop after 3 miles. At this stage my body is crying out for a rest, I am struggling with multiple training sessions in one week and I have to make sure that I get to that start line in the best shape even though I may not have covered the miles that I need to, the adrenaline will get me there but it is so important that I get there as relatively injury free as possible.
On Wednesday morning, Raushana and I began our journey back to England. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to see my family. I was only home at Christmas but I still miss them like crazy. My brother picked us up at the airport and we went straight to the family home near Cambridge. It was great to see my family and spend some time with them before crashing! It was a long day traveling and a few hours’ sleep was definitely needed!