London Soon Come

When you tell non runners you are running a marathon, they assume London.

When you tell non runners you are running a different marathon, they ask you if it is the same distance as London.

When you tell non runners you are running 26.2 miles somewhere other than London they tend to think you are mad.

London Marathon Fear

Despite running 5 official marathons, 1 official ultra, 1 unofficial ultra and lots of long training runs, it is ‘THE’ London marathon that is scaring me the most. The more people that say “me too” furthers this feeling.
Or perhaps I’m always this petrified and I’ve forgotten. After reading Louise’s post this week I realised there is a fine line between stress (fear) that moves you forward and stress that holds you back. At the moment I’m in the positive side of this balance.

There are a series of things making me feel fearful:

  1. I don’t have a training plan, for the first time I decided to write my own, well sort of I scribbled long run distances on my calendar.
  2. After Barcelona last year, I had pinned London as a repeat performance. Hoping to score Boston qualification for a second time. I’ve saved up for flights this time.
  3. I’ve moved house, I don’t know any long routes and all my long run buddies are about 26 miles away.
  4. I still feel like I’m returning from injury, but that was July and I need to get over it.
  5. I prefer smaller races, except for Barcelona where it was ridiculously wide, I’ve preferred smaller races over the big city ones.

London Marathon Training Plan

Yesterday I had a trot over some of the marathon route, stopping on Tower Bridge, trying to remember Simon‘s words from his book on the London Marathon Route. I thought about people who try year after year to get a place and don’t, realising just how lucky I am.

I don’t really have a game plan for London Marathon, I don’t think my Barcelona time is possible. However, there’s so much to look forward to on the route. David at Westferry, Run Dem at Mile 21 and Datchet Dashers at Mile 23. I want to run this city, I want to run ‘THE’ marathon and I want to do it with a smile on my face.

I’m no good at pushing myself hard, but I hope that by doing some speed work, running with my club and keeping my chin up that I can run and be proud of my race no matter what time I do.

After all there’s always next year….


  1. Amy says:

    I love this Steph, so honest and refreshing! I’m going to be there cheering you on too so another to add to your list of friendly faces and hugs on route! 🙂 x

  2. Giselle says:

    Great post Steph! I’m planning on coming to cheer as well. You have lots of training time left and enjoy exploring your new area. Perfect time to find new routes

  3. Sarah says:

    Very honest post Steph! I’ll be there, just not with you as you’ll have dashed off into the distance! I’m nervous too, because it’s been a long time since I’ve done running training ‘properly’ and I have no idea what time to aim for at the moment- I’m just going to start the Hansons sessions and see what sort of pace I end up at!

      • Sarah says:

        It’s good so far, and seems to fit with how I train best- mileage spread well throughout the week rather than all piled on the long run! The only worry I have is fitting it all in, but everyone loves a challenge, right? It’s lots of easy runs and marathon paced tempos 🙂 I’m not sure about pens yet! How do you find that out?x

  4. Maria @ runningcupcake says:

    Ha ha, love your first few points- I have run two (neither have been London- it doesn’t appeal to me for a few reasons) and I got those questions a lot!
    At the end of the day, you are running for fun, so try to not put pressure on yourself with the times and expectations of the race,

  5. Mary says:

    London was my fourth marathon, but the first one my Mother In Law ever paid any attention to or told anyone about. I didn’t expect to like the race too much, but ended up falling in love with the city because of it. I always felt the London marathon would be too crammed and busy for me. It was both of those things, but that is part of what made it an amazing experience.
    Are you on Strava? I’ve found it is a great way to find new running routes.

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