The titles of these blogs are getting ridiculous now aren't they? Didn't really think that through twenty weeks ago. Not going to lie to you, this week's blog is a bit dry..
Who is still buzzing from the London Marathon? Yep, this guy is. Man it was such a fun day wasn't it? I think as I'd written myself off in the build-up it feels extra special - it was definitely the most fun I've had in any of my thirteen marathons to date. The fact that I ran so well off such scratchy training shows that the best approach going forwards for me is to try and be more relaxed and not put so much pressure on myself. The pressure is now on to not put pressure on!
My legs felt pretty dreamy on Monday, I could definitely have gone for a run if I had to. Tuesday, well now let me tell you Tuesday was horrific. Tuesday morning I basically crawled out of bed. I was walking like a cross between John Wayne and a duck. It was embarrassing to be fair. Every part of my body hurt. This continued on Wednesday, but a massage on Thursday evening really helped and I was back up and running on Friday morning. The legs have felt better every day since and I've been back out on the trails in some glorious weather.
Finishing London means I've now run four of the six World Marathon Majors and five in total (London twice). As you can see, the medals are very sexy! I've managed to run them all in 2:49 or below, so I think it would be a cool achievement to run all six under 3 hours. Tokyo and Chicago are the two remaining races, but as my student loans have now dried up it may be a little while until I complete the set!
Most people who run a marathon will tell you that the couple of days afterwards (once the DOMS have settled down) always feel quite strange - you've had this huge target looming for months which consumes your life and all of a sudden it's gone and you want it back! It's called "Post Marathon Fever" and the only cure is to enter more races!
Alas, this week I signed up for the Frankfurt Marathon in Germany on October 30th. Das ist super! I've heard it is flatter than a pancake, which is enough to sell it to me! As fun as it's been running all these marathons, I do miss traditional training and the shorter warm-up races. The plan is to run the Richmond Half Marathon on September 18th, Royal Parks Half Marathon on October 9th and then have a crack at running as close to 2:30 as possible in Frankfurt - before pacing my girlfriend at the Florence Marathon in November. That will make it twelve marathons for the year, which sounds like a nice round number. Then I'll basically spend all of December sleeping and eating. :-)
My fundraising efforts have now reached over £2,000 - TWO THOUSAND POUNDS! That's ridiculous. I only set out to raise £1,000 so to more than double it with three more marathons still to run is very humbling. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me. If you haven't done so yet - what the hell do you think you're playing at? Think of the children! www.justgiving.com/TomRunsTen
Next week I am racing twice - that's how I roll these days. All being well I will be making my debut for Serpentine Running Club in the Assembly League, which sounds like something out of one of those god awful comic book movies! It's a 5k in Victoria Park on Thursday night, and then race two is in Hyde Park on Saturday morning for a 7k handicap around Serpentine lake.
Finally, I have been a massive stress head this week as I have only three weeks left of my degree and I have sooo much work to do! I've been up by 6am every day working and this has continued until as late as 1am some nights. I'm confident I will get everything done, but I've been like a grizzly bear with a hangover! I did give myself a break Friday night to head out with friends and I am very lucky to have these awesome guys.
That also explains why this week's blog is pretty uneventful. In my defence, you've had twenty weeks of thrills and spills watching me evolve from mopey sad Tom, to cocky prolific marathon winning Tom, to depressed injured Tom, and now back to fit healthy loved up stressed Tom. It's been good value for money hasn't it? Wait, now that I think about it you've technically had all this for free.. bugger.
The journey has taken us from Essex to Kent to Cambridge to London to Somerset to Manchester and then back to London. The next two marathons are in London and Edinburgh in May and then my challenge ends at Man versus Horse in Wales in June. I'm fully fit, healthy, and getting more handsome by the day. There's only six weeks to go - Let's have some fun shall we?
I am running ten marathons to raise money for Beat, the UK's leading eating disorder charity. You can also sponsor me via my Justgiving page here. Thank you!