4 days to go…


You know the walking-to-the-dance-floor dance made famous by Peter Kay? I suddenly realised the other day that my running style more than slightly resembles it; a kind of self-conscious shamble, not quite following any rhythm or showing any style, but demonstrating willing and suggesting that it might, just might, develop into something good. Honestly – have a look at about 8 minutes into this clip and you could well be watching me run!

I’m enjoying my taper week – I went for a short run yesterday evening and my wheezy hayfevered lungs felt good, but my stomach was heavy with cream tea so I’m glad I didn’t have far to go.

I’m embracing the concept of carb-loading, although I am wondering how widely I can stretch the definition of carbs. Could I possibly substitute a multipack of Wispas for the more traditional pasta meal maybe? The science behind carb-loading is that it increases the amount of glycogen stored in the muscles, thus delaying fatigue in an endurance event. Sounds good to me. I will be keeping my energy levels well and truly topped up during the marathon with Jelly Babies, but I will be eating mostly pasta for the remainder of this week just in case it helps.

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me recently, I’m so close to my £3000 target now! Check out http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NickiClarkson to see how it’s going (and if you fancy sponsoring me while you’re there, well…)

My amazing sister-in-law in Dubai has pulled even more publicity out of the bag for her marathon walk including an article in the Portsmouth News and a news item on the DebRA website – go Daisy!

I never thought I’d say this but I’m looking forward to the marathon; I’ve put the training in, I’m running for an amazing charity and I’m looking forward to the atmosphere – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity so I’m going to make the most of it and enjoy it as much as I can (please remind me of that at about mile 2. And 3. And 4. And 5…). I am still slightly worried about the toilet issue…oh, and the running bit of course, but on the whole, bring it on!

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