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This running life: here’s how I plan to smash the Royal Parks half marathon this October

I’m a runner – fact. But not a very strong one. Fact.  And by that, I mean I can put one foot in front of the other and by God’s good grace, run the distance that a race requires of me: 5k, 10k, 13.1 miles, 26.2 – you name it, I’ll do my best. But after running Tokyo marathon in February and pretty much finishing in the same time I achieved for my first marathon last year (note: I thought I’d be at LEAST 5 minutes faster, womp womp), I’ve realised I need to be alot more serious about my strength training, as well as my nutrition. Still, most of my lightbulb moments mean absolutely nothing without a goal, so I’ve decided that May is the month I put my new fitness goals into the action. Here’s the plan:

  • I’m going to run Royal Parks Half Marathon in October and in the words of my pal Cory “duppy da ting”.  To me, that means achieving a time of 1:45 or less. I’ve run Royal Parks a few years ago, and it’s such a gorgeous race that covers some of the best parts of the westside of central London so it’ll be a real pleasure to run it again, especially with an aim in mind.
  • I’ve joined a new gym (the super-fresh Gymbox), where I plan to do three strength training classes a week (the recommended number to get results, so I’ve been told), plus a cardio  session.

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  • I’ll be using a fitness diary via Medium to keep me in check.
  • And I’ll keep an eye on my progress with a FitBit Blaze. It’s one of the new ones on the market and while it does all the usual stuff of clocking your activity, blood pressure and sleep, it can also alert you to your text messages and phone calls. Madness. It’s basically the Apple Watch of Fitness (but why I need to know I’ve got a text or call in the middle of pumping out a set of burpees is anyone’s guess). I’ve been trialling it out over the last few weeks and couldn’t for the life of me figure it out, but I’ve slowly got the hang of it and look forward to seeing how it’ll help me stay focused.


Do you have any major fitness goals this spring? Let me know in the comments! 


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