If you've been following our Marathon Series blog posts from the beginning, you'll know runner Catherine has been blogging her training for the London Marathon! Now the race is just around the corner, Catherine gears up for the final push...
So, it's Wednesday afternoon, I'm writing this in cafe in Crystal Palace and there's just four days to go until I run the London Marathon. Am I allowed to repeat myself? In four days time I am going to run the London Marathon.
Part of me wants to bash out a reflective, uplifting blog but I don't think that will come for another couple of weeks. Not until I've definitely got the medal and probably when I am laying on the beach in Vietnam with a cold beer! Anyway, I don't think it's possible to be reflective when your emotions are ricocheting all over the shop.
For much of the last couple of weeks, since tapering began, I've been panicking about being too slow, not having trained enough, my cranky foot giving up on the day. I've had a stress dream where I forgot to turn up (and went to meet Seb Coe instead!) and another where I'd taken advice to go out slow too seriously and took two hours to run the first two miles!
But today is a good day. This morning my training plan instructed me that a two mile jog was in order so I took myself to the park at the end of my road. In January 2013 when I started this running lark (I will NOT use the word journey!) I couldn't get halfway around its one mile circuit and there was this really big hill that I always walked up. The hill is actually a gentle slope and thankfully I can make it more than halfway round now. This morning made me stop thinking about how far I have to go on Sunday and instead focus on how far I've come.
I've just been for my last osteopath appointment. My bad foot will hurt on the day and I will have to live with that, but apparently my quads, hamstrings and calves are feeling good, my ankles have good flexibility and some muscles in my bum that I can't pronounce are not too bad for a marathon trainee. Apparently "I'm good to go"!
My favourite bit of today was the last email from the team at Pancreatic Cancer. It carried this message: "run the first part with your mind, the second with your personality and the final part with your heart." Cheesy quotes a gogo, but I'm bloody-minded, a bit bonkers and am doing this because people important to me have lost their loved ones to pancreatic cancer. So I'll follow those instructions and get that medal!
Will you be in London on Sunday 13th April? Come and cheer Catherine on with us! Our team will be at Mile 12 and Mile 24. We'd love to have you join us to help make our purple presence felt!