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Running a marathon is in many ways just like childbirth. You somehow find yourself signed up (or knocked up), you know its coming and you have to prepare although your not always sure how when its your first one, you know its gonna hurt like hell and that one way or another you’ve got to do it because now you have committed and you can’t bail out now.

And let me tell you they do hurt.

The moment you finish one, you of course say those words “I’m NEVER doing that again” and then a few months, or even years later you start thinking “OK, well maybe just one more” so they can’t be that bad right?

This Month in The Clubhouse we are focussing on Marathon Training, as out of the 150 odd members we have around 20 ladies are signed up for Spring Marathons…we expect a few more to join them over the coming months too, and these ladies will need all the help and support they can get in the build up.

As you may well know I have run 3 full marathons, which you can read about here

London Marathon 2012

Brighton Marathon 2014

London Marathon 2015

But I have decided to have a year off, so I will not be doing a spring marathon and will instead be on hand to support my ladies 100% through their training, and there is talk of having a Too Fat to Run cheering squad at the London Marathon next year…which would be awesome.

So my question to you is…are you secretly hoping to run a marathon one day? Or are you still in the mindset that this is something only other people can do?

I committed publicly to running my first marathon in 2005 when I couldn’t even run for 30 seconds, I signed up for the marathon a further 5 years later after testing the water with 10ks and a few half marathons. And I would say signing up is probably the most difficult part of the whole process, because all those fears about failing, or looking stupid go into overdrive. But once you have committed its simply a case of following a plan.

What have you got to lose?

So this is a gentle prod to anyone who has been running for a while and secretly would love to challenge themselves. If you can run 10K comfortably (or even a little uncomfortably), and are able to commit to 12-16 weeks of really focussed training and decent nutrition….I reckon I could get you ready for a spring marathon…I may even be able to offer you a spot in my London Marathon 2016 team…full details to be announced next week.

Join The Clubhouse and meet women just like you who are attempting their first ever marathon. Enjoy regular training sessions, webinars and blog posts about all the things you will need to know before D day (or should that be M day?)

Here is a snapshot of what we will be covering this month in our members only Clubhouse area, either as blog posts or webinars with guest speakers

  • Is running a marathon really for me?
  • How do I choose the right marathon plan?
  • What do I need to do any when?
  • How do I fuel for marathon training?
  • The low down on Weightloss and Marathon Training

And also we will be scheduling our 10 mile and longest training run, training sessions soon so that you have support when you really need it. Because, despite Marathon running feeling a bit like a lonely sport, nobody truly runs a marathon alone.

If you want to run fast you run alone, but if you want to run far you run together.

African Proverb.

So come on, fancy joining us?

The Clubhouse is our members only virtual running club which costs £10 per month. We currently have 150 members from 3 continents of the world and it is one of the most supportive environments for runners of all abilities, not just wanna be marathon runners. So join us and take your running to the next level.

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