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Back into the routine.....

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.......and back with the pack! The Paras'10 at Colly was my 5th in all since the first in Catterick in September 2012, in fact I've only missed one since then and that was because Charlie was born. It was my third at Colchester and seemed to come around very quickly after the marathon, especially as I hadn't been able to train with the same intensity or regularity I had for the marathon. That was to be expected as my body needed a rest after running well over 500 miles in as little as 10 weeks, but the rest was almost forced upon me due to a very severe stomach bug that wiped out all three of us for well over a week, the week before the event, so the first time I managed to get a pack on for a proper tab was the Monday before Colly. I just broke myself in gently with a 7miler and 30lb and ridiculously despite not being able to train for the whole of the week before, I still cracked out nearly 7.5miles in 1:07. My only other tab before that I'd bagged at the end of Apri…

Post-VMLM, huge thanks, lots of kisses and big love.........

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......now that the dust has settled on my Brooks Ghost (well that's not strictly true, I'm once again a marathon runner after all), and I'm able to just 'relax' a little, I can now reflect on what was truly (after marrying my gorgeous wife and her giving birth to my wonderful boy of course), one of the most incredible experiences of my life.
However, with a fortnight to go and once the first picture of the VMLM2014 medal went live, it was at that point, the significant doubts set in. I was beginning to wonder, beginning to worry, despite the miles and the hours, that I would fail. After all, the 'medal' would be the symbol of my achievement, the months of lonely miles in preparation and the culmination of that effort in the event itself. That was compounded further by turning up at the Expo to collect my race number and believing that everyone bar myself looked like a marathon runner!
Despite that though, walking through into the Expo with 'The Trap' …