March 31, 2011
Spring in the step. Eastbourne in full glow.
The daffodils are out, the sun is doing it’s utmost to make an appearance and the much appreciated time-change now means the evenings are no longer a write-off post 7pm. Yes, Spring is officially with us, thank goodness.
For many of the lycra-embracing running community this will signal the final push on the marathon trail; training in full swing – the London race almost upon us, Brighton Marathon also prominent on many Southerners agendas and, for me, the inaugural Richmond marathon in May.
As a 26-mile virgin it’s been an interesting month – The Guesthouse East has proved to be the accommodation of choice for many who recently ran the Eastbourne half marathon and also the Endurance Life Coastal Series, so I now better appreciate the upside of finishing having witnessed their returns from the race – the gratifying glow of completing a run of such significance. As opposed to simply teetering on the edge on continual exhaustion – the training schedule a terrifying torture map laid before you. How many miles to be completed this coming Sunday??!
I know that many (runners and) readers of this blog are based around London so it might be worth trying to fit in a training day in April with The Running Inn based at the Evolve Wellness Centre in South Ken. It’d be the perfect fine tuning with an approach that looks to get you running stress free and body aware. There is a team of experts on hand including an ex-international athlete, a sports nutritionist, personal trainer and with yoga specifically targeted at runners.
Failing that, stay here on a Wednesday night and join the running club for a speed session along the prom, to compare progress, grumble about any aches and blow the cobwebs away in preparation for the summer and season ahead.