Paula and I have a busy week

#2 reason for doing the London Marathon: Because I can…I hope

#2 fact about M.S: More women then men are diagnosed with MS

It has been a very busy week for me , much work, not much rest and a very good play,Every Brilliant Thing … and I am  sure Paula Radcliffe has had a busy week too….but we have more in common than that. We are both runners. I am a runner, a slow one, but still a runner. Like me, Paula is doing the London Marathon in 2015, and like me this is her final London! She hopes to do it in under 2:30, and I hope to do it in twice that time, 5:00. I agree with  Paula when she says  ‘I am just grateful that I can still run’

I did manage to fit in some training. On Monday I swam, followed by a free fitness age test at West London Physio with the lovely Cameron Tudor. My overall fitness age was 39, but on many of the tests my fitness age was between 20-29. Gave me a bit more confidence to get training, in spite of all the niggles I have all over my body. When I think about it I had plenty of niggles in my 20’s and I kept on running…and here I am now!

On Wednesday I ran with Fulham Running club for their 10 year anniversary run. I do not generally enjoy running in the evening, but it was an important occasion, and was made enjoyable by being able to run with Judith, who gave me tips from her marathon training days. We ran Putney and Hammersmith bridges, haven’t done that for a while, so it was good to realise I can still do it.

Thursday, I was back at the physio to see what could be done for my dodgy hip and hamstring.  The also lovely Kam  Sowman at  West London Physio was really quite positive and encouraging about the possibility of my completing a marathon and I came away feeling sore but with renewed belief that my body could cope.

Today, Friday I swam, did a pilates class and began my leg strengthening exercises in the gym.I feel my training is underway.

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