My 2012 London Marathon for the Stroke Association
- 21 February 2012 20:16Now that the Race Night is out of the way (thank you so much to everyone who supported it) it’s time to start a new thread to see me through to the crossing the marathon finish line and to smashing my fundraising target for the Stroke Association.
Progress update – I am up to 16 miles on my long run, and have hit 70% of my fundraising target!
8 weeks and 5 days to go......
- 22 February 2012 00:02Just want to say good luck for marathon and excellent cause to run for. I do my first marathon in October and after having done Brighton Half on Sunday (The race that was too long!) I do wonder if I can do that distance at my best pace all over again!! Hope training all goes well. I will be supporting many friends in London on the day so will look out for you. What is your race number?Keeps politics to myself
- 22 February 2012 07:55Good Luck Claire - on the training and the race itself
Good Luck to you too Helen.
- 24 February 2012 21:49Thank you Roger and Helen. Which marathon are you doing in October Helen? How's your training going? You have plenty of time yet to get your miles up. Well done for Brighton, I heard it was longer than it was supposed to be by 700 yards or something! That was a bit embarrassing for the organisers!
I am having an easy weekend this weekend after having done 16 miles last Sunday, and I have the Thanet 20 mile race next weekend. I need to do something though after the jam roly poly and custard I just ate!
I had a nice boost today from the London Marathon team. Have a look at this. They have done it for all the runners, nothing special about me, but it's a really nice touch nonetheless, and it gave me a good laugh. Dave Bedford is a real character and I bet it was his idea.
I am up to 73% with my fundraising now, just another £29 needed to get me to 75%. I have set up the Justgiving by text now as well so if you want to donate you just need to text the code EFDR47 and the amount to 70070 so for example if you wanted to donate £5 you would need to enter EFDR47 £5. So easy and is free so it all goes to the charity!!! I just tried it myself!!
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- 24 February 2012 22:06Sorry Helen, I missed your question about my race number. I don't know, they haven't told me yet. But I will be wearing a blue and luminous green/yellow Stroke Association running vest and I get iron on letters with it to put my name on it. I plan to have CLAIRE BEAR on the front and 'KEEP UP WITH MRS JONES' on the back. The irony is that everyone will be overtaking me so it'll be me keeping up. I might be able to help keep the stragglers going though!
- 25 February 2012 08:26Hope all your Forumite supporters visit the Just-Giving web-site Claire.
- 26 February 2012 20:16I hope so Roger. I managed to twist BarryW's arm last night! Don't forget Barry!
Had a really good 10 mile training run this morning with two of my fellow club members, from Deal to Sandwich and back. I don't know where it came from but I managed to get an almost personal best mile time on the last mile!
Here's the record of my run if anyone's interested. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/152676929
It was 13 minutes and 3 seconds faster than the same run in last years training!
- 26 February 2012 21:28Thanks Claire. I looked on that link; I've never seen a running Garmin, do you keep resetting it every mile, or does it know when you've run a mile ? Very clever piece of equipment.
- 26 February 2012 23:47They are indeed very clever pieces of equipment. I can't run without it. It logs everything, and you can set it to 'auto-lap' to a mile or km.
There are many features on it too advanced for me to use or need to use.
My main uses are to log distance, speed, pace, laps, elevation (the hills, lots of them in Dover!) time and calories. i then plug it into the computer when I get home and upload it. I have almost 5 years of data now so can easily compare one run with another and see how much I have improved over time.
(I am very proud to admit that I just won an award with my running club for most improved female runner of 2011 )
- 26 February 2012 23:478 weeks to go today!
- 27 February 2012 08:03That'll go quickly I'm sure Claire - too quickly.
Does Rick agree with that award, or does he think you've always been fab. ?
- 1 March 2012 00:03He thinks I've always been fab of course Roger
Up to 79% on my sponsorship target now!!!
That means I've still got 21% to go of course, not there yet!
Got my running vest from the Stroke Association today, will be modelling it soon
- 1 March 2012 20:53Sorry have been meanIng to reply to you then seeing you tonight at run club reminded me! I'm the new Helen there! Just realised who you were before stretching and was going to say hello after but saw you left, should be there next thurs so will have a natter then! Hope training Is going wellKeeps politics to myself
- 4 March 2012 22:49Helen I'm sorry I missed you, I will be there this Thursday too, will be good to meet you properly, I shall look forward to it.
My training continued with the Thanet 20 mile race this morning. It was pretty tough going in the second half with quite a few hills and the rain started to come down, but I managed it in 3hrs 57 minutes, ahead of my 4 hour target so I was very pleased.
As well as 3 short mid-week runs each week I am doing the Lydd half marathon next weekend, followed by an 18 mile run on 18th, 6 miles for Sport Relief at Fowlmead on 25th, then another 20 miles on 1st April then that's it with the long runs, til the big day.
I am at 79% with my fundraising, and 7 weeks to go
- 4 March 2012 23:47Claire...I need to lie down.Ignorance is bliss, bliss is happiness, I am happy...to draw your attention to the possible connectivity in the foregoing.
- 5 March 2012 07:57It's O.K. Tom, Claire didn't do it without working up to it. It does sound like a lot of long-distance running; no, it IS a lot of long-distance running - well done Claire.
I could only dream of doing one tenth of those distances; I'd love to build up to be able to walk those, let alone run them.
When it's pension pay-day Claire, I'll try and donate some more to the Marathon run.
Come on peeps, help Claire, help stroke-victims and the Stroke Association, donate what you can, even a small amount will help.
- 5 March 2012 08:19Well done Claire my friend helps organize the Thanet run and she said due to the weather it was really testing. Good luck to you in your preparation for the big day
- 5 March 2012 13:50Well done Claire, I'm rooting for you Loved the video
Tom, I'm with you, I certainly need a lie down for sure as feeling positively dizzy reading Claire's itinerary there
Also, the very best of luck to you Helen
- 5 March 2012 20:38Good luck Claire you sound as though you are in full training mode looking at your schedule, hope it all goes well the cause is a very worthy one indeed
- 8 March 2012 21:55Thank you all once again, your support is really helping to keep me positive at the times when it all seems so daunting!
Just a couple of gentle mid-week runs this week, to allow my legs to recover from Sunday's race. Just getting ready to do it all again at the weekend with the Lydd Half Marathon.
I wanted to upload the photo of my token of Sunday's achievement but it won't work! I have tired about 5 times in 5 different ways and it's not having it!
Good to meet you tonight Helen!