From Sofa to Marathon – Week 1

Last week at 12.12pm, on Wednesday the 12th of December 2012 (12.12.12 12:12) I posted my New Years Resolution.  A bit early I know, but because this thing is going to take me way more than a year to achieve, I thought I’d better start early.My Resolution is:

I have thought about doing something like this for a really long time, but always the second the thought came into my head it ran for the exits as fast as its little feet could carry it!!

Recently I have started getting fit again at last.  When I say started, I mean…. I did 2 weeks and then injured my Achilles’ tendon which is only just healing (sorry), and now I have a recurrence of my sinus infection which incapacitated me for weeks in April.  But the thought won’t go away!  It keeps getting stronger!

So I’ve decided, I’m not going to train for the 2013 one.  That’s a bit too soon considering I’m only managing an average of one day a week so far!

2014 Winchester to Salisbury cross-country marathon here I come!

Now it’s official!  I’ve hit he ‘Publish ‘ button!! :)

I have decided, inspired by the ‘Focus On: Blogs for 365 Days, 52 Weeks, and More‘ post by WordPress to provide a weekly update, as in composing this I will be reminded what I’m supposed to be doing, and how far I have come, or not since the last week.

I am a complete novice to marathon running.  I did sprinting in school and was a member of two athletics clubs until I had my children.  I competed at club level for a few years, so I have some experience of training 3 – 4 times a week for a sustained period, and have some understanding of running techniques, the aches and pains, the twinges to work through, and the pains that mean I’ve overdone it.

So far I’ve done nothing. 😦

I have been ill, quite horribly so over the last week.  I’ve had dreadful headaches that I thought were sinus headaches, but in fact are caused by neuralgia, so i am in agony, just waiting for the inflamed nerve to calm down so I can resume normal life!

What I do want to do this week, is get a plan together.  Have a look at some Marathon training blogs & find out what I need to be doing.  When I trained before I never gave a thought to my food or lifestyle around the training.  I ate loads as I was working off lots of calories, and had no thought for whether I should be eating a certain food group or not!

In my new group, Fit4Mums, they are suggesting using a food diary, and keeping an eye on what I am eating.  I’ve never done that before, so it will be interesting!  I tried doing an online one for a few weeks, but it was very fiddly, and I kept having to guess the calorific content of home-made dinners!  Also I have a very bad habit of occasionally eating whole multi-packs of chocolate bars (330 calories per bar x 4) or a whole pack of biscuits, when a ‘serving’ is counted as 4, or a whole tub of Ben & Jerry’s, with natural yoghurt & flake on top.  I also rarely eat breakfast, regularly forget to have lunch and then have a massive dinner at the end of the day & then snack all evening.  Sorting out my food is a big part of what I need to do in order to be able to train for a marathon at my age!

So progress so far:

0    But I have still been thinking about it, about once I’m well I’ll be starting again, back on track, hopefully within a few weeks increasing my days training to 2 days a week.  The good thing about this neuralgia, is that i have been forced to stop doing anything, and rest a lot, so my Achilles is much better 🙂

My target for next week:

Do some research on what is involved in training for a marathon, sort out some goals, and have a look at the food issue!!

See you next Wednesday – Find out if I’ve left the sofa yet?

If this was my sofa I probably would never get off it!

If this was my sofa I probably would never get off it!

Week 2


About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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7 Responses to From Sofa to Marathon – Week 1

  1. Grannymar says:

    I must introduce you to a husband and wife team in Blarney who both about your age and back at the running and did a marathon in Dublin this year. Catherine is a great and imaginative cook too!


  2. Grannymar says:

    Check my facebook feed


  3. Maxi says:

    You so have my sympathy with your health issues. Hope you are well real soon so you can start to train.
    Blessings ~ Maxi


    • Barbara says:

      Thanks Maxi, I’m really quite excited about getting started which is helping me to stay motivated about getting well. When I’m ill I can easily sit & wallow in self-pity, but having a ‘project’ to plan while i’m stuck at home is a fun way to keep me busy without exhausting myself 🙂


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