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Latest Marathon Training Update

Well, there have certainly be some challenges thrown at all of us when it comes to getting out and keeping active over the last few weeks haven’t there?! My first update was five weeks ago. Since then, the miles have cranked up and so has the wind speed, the weather warnings, germ level and the general business of my life! I know full well that how I do on marathon day will be determined by my ability to just keep going despite the obstacles that are thrown at me. I also know that I am only human, that putting too much pressure on myself can be detrimental and that everyone standing on that marathon start line will have faced their own challenges too. It’s easy to get caught up thinking that everyone else has had the perfect preparation and ticked off all the runs on their plan, slept enough, stretched every week and has a core of steel. That is never going to be the case. There will be people who have had a better lead up than me and those that have had a worse one, but all will be feeling that there are things they could have done better.

I’m doing OK. Just OK. Not better than OK. I’m not seeing my speed improve. I had a cold, my kids were ill in succession, my work diary took over, I had a motivation dip and the weather, well, that’s just made everything harder. But not impossible.

That’s the negatives. There have been many positives too.

I haven’t missed a long run. I know these are probably the most important element on the plan so I’ve prioritised these over other runs when time has been tight. I’ve run in some new places, including cashing in my Christmas present from my husband – a trail running weekend in the Lake District with a stay at one of my favourite hotels in the world. Armathwaite Hall Hotel is where we had our wedding reception many moons ago and is my ‘special place’. Soaking in the outdoor jacuzzi with a glass of prosecco after a long run in the hills, followed by a slap up meal, is my idea of complete heaven!  I’ve run with my kids, my husband and with friends. I’ve been listening to some great podcasts whilst on the indoor turbo trainer (static bike) and I’ve been really getting to grips with strengthening my glutes to improve my running technique.

As usual, the support and motivation from fellow runners on social media has been wonderful; it makes such a difference.

Here’s the last five weeks in photos:

I know that it’s important to enjoy the journey of a marathon training plan and I’m certainly doing that. There is however a voice from the back seat asking, “Are we nearly there yet?” I shall just reply with my usual, “We’re nearer than we were when we started and it’s just round the next big bend!”

How are you getting on with your training? How have you coped with the challenges thrown at you?

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I'm a GP, mum of three, runner and health writer. I'm the resident GP for Women's Running UK and UKSportsChat. I'm a Champion for Physical Activity with Public Health England, Women's Health Lead and Master Coach for 261Fearless and Director of 261 Fearless Club UK. My Book 'Sorted: The Active Woman's Guide to Health' is available now and published by Bloomsbury Sport!


  1. Jackie Swanson says

    Hi there Juliet,

    I feel pretty much the same as you, training is going OK. The weekend before last I was feeling brilliant, I’d done a great 16 miler (not fast but enjoyable) and then went into a week long taper before a mid-training half marathon that was scheduled for today. Needless to say that due to the weather the race was cancelled and it left me feeling a bit lost as it wasn’t ‘part of the plan’. So after a day of moping I decided to pull myself together and just make a new plan. I got out there today for a lovely long run and felt so much better. It this past week’s taught me anything it’s to keep things flexible.

    Hope you have a great running week ahead.

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  2. sarahmo3w says

    It’s good to hear you’re doing OK! You’ve certainly run in some scenic places over the last few weeks. Good luck with getting round that next big bend!

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  3. Great to read your latest updates. We are on the same boat, just a month away for me. I am excited, and love all the training, but like you also cannot wait for the actual day and the be back to “normal” running routines 😉 Good luck hun xxx

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  4. I’m just coming back after injury (a very impressive splat in a fun run dressed as Elsa from Frozen but that’s another story…). I found it easier to motivate myself to get out of the door and run 10K+ than I do now when all that’s required of me is a handful of miles! In the early morning the duvet and I have become firm friends and can’t bear to be parted. I remind myself of my friend’s fave quote: “Just get up, dress up and show up” and that just about works 👍 Good luck with all the training and hope the weather is much, much kinder. 😊

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    • That duvet is always so lovely and warm isn’t it! Hope your injury fully heals up quickly and you can appear soon as another Frozen character! Thanks for reading and commenting:)


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