Not yet, that’s for sure! I managed to do my 4 miler on Saturday and 9 Miles on Sunday without having a breakdown and I’m still standing today with minor knee pain. Win, win! Right?
It’s early days of course, I looked deeper into my training plan and realised that I’ll be running five times a week soon. I’m still quite scared of the longer distance runs and at the same time I can’t wait to do them. I’ve kept up my swimming and focusing on my goals, get faster, get slimmer. Wear the clothes I bought 2 years ago again -_-.
I think it will get real when it starts to take over my life. Not just because I can’t go out late because I have a long run in the morning but when it makes me too tired, depressed, happy and so on. It’s 4 months of commitment for 1 day of glory. Hell to the yes!
My knee is playing up so I’ll massage it when I get home and hope for the best. I plan on starting my regular sports massages and brain training this week. Now I’m really looking forward to that. 100%. My muscles are not tight and a sports massage doesn’t feel like someone is rubbing my skin with a knife. Nope.
I’m talking about Marathon training here, not a gaming marathon in my boxers for 4 months which is naturally what we all really want for me, right?
I’m using a training plan that’s created by a chap called Jeff Gaudette, he works with the great guys over at RunKeeper so I trust it. If it all goes tits up, I’m sure I can find him. Last year it was Hal Higdons plan that powered me to 03:47 in London and I want to have similar success in Bournemouth. Similar meaning 03:28.
It’s not going to be easy, not at all. But I will give the next 4 months my absolute best. Marathon training pushes my limits and makes me better. In fact, I’m not even doing the Bournemouth Marathon so I can say that I have ran another Marathon, it’s so that I can say that I have trained for another Marathon. That’s where the medal is earned. That’s where I will become better.
Last year I had the task of running 5 times a week for 4 months, this year it’s much easier, just 4 times a week for me, great! The midweek runs are a lot tougher and require more distance so it should work out the same for me fatigue wise.
I’ve now moved into the Cheelites at Run Dem Crew and taking Wick Runners for longer runs. It’s going to be a long painful journey, as my tweet below shows. But I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me.
Oh sweet lord I just got into bed. This feels amazing. Goodnight friends. See you at 6am
— Nathaniel Cole (@MrFatChance) June 18, 2013
Yep. Bournemouth Marathon. 6th of October, lets do this.
Since I started MY FAT CHANCE back in 2010 I always wanted to inspire and motivate other young men like me. Ones that were chubby or simply unhealthy and wanted to change. It’s been a tremendous journey that moves me deeply when I think about some of the people that have simply said ‘thank you’ to me. It’s very humbling.
I have also seen many people simply say that they were going to get involved, you know - Dream Sellers (copyright Shameek). They come and go but I’m always here to offer help if they ever do come around.
Last winter I changed my ‘MY FAT STORY’ part of the blog, to freshen it up and the following week Peigh told me that he read it and he was ready to change! I’ve always believed in Peigh and thought that he could get a sub 01:45 half marathon and I cheered him on for all of his races from last year but it eluded him (this was in the first half of 2012).
After that he unfortunately got injured and faced 5 months on the side line from running. Peigh has been chubby since I have known him and we all know what injury can do to us, it’s easier to be on the sofa than the race track when injured for sure.
He didn’t quit though, he found something else that would work for him. He started swimming again, boxing, and eating right all the time. Peigh’s not chubby anymore. Peigh is athletic and strong. Peigh is someone that motivates me to do more and be better. Peigh is not a Dream Seller. Peigh is a swimmer. Peigh is a boxer. Peigh is a traithlete and Peigh is my friend.
Thank you PEIGH for taking your fitness to the next level and above all else, well done. I know that I am not alone when I say that I am proud of you and what you have achieved recently.
My week finished on Sunday at 2am in Shoreditch, good stuff! It was my best friends birthday so we made the most of Saturday. Mondays fuel is surprisingly high considering I didn’t run. Training was good, I ran with Cheetah’s at Run Dem and felt surprisingly good.This means my confidence is returning before marathon training!
Wednesday with the Wick Runners included a speedy 5k and talking all things crew. Check out the site here > rdcy-hackney.tumblr.com <.
Unfortunately I couldn’t make track last week but made up with it by swimming on Friday AND Saturday with Swim Dem Crew and then meeting up with Jake afterwards for a run. My legs felt like jelly. Everytime I have ran after a swim it’s put me off the thought of a triathlon…
Anyway, back to this week. It started well enough, I swam 2600 meters for the first time this year! I also smashed my heel on the swimming wall in the process, so no Run Dem yesterday.
Today is a new day and one with less bruising on my bone (?)