Paul Walters runs the London Marathon

Report from Monday 6th December 2004

Building fitness

In the Reigate Priory AC Jimmy James Handicap races (of which there are six throughout the winter months), I have so far come 3rd and 1st in the races, which currenty puts me in 2nd place overall. This shows that I have improved quite a way since last March.

Last night I went out on a ten mile training run. The last time I went out on this route, I carried a GPS receiver to accurately measure my 10 mile route, and I found out that it is only 9.6 miles, so for the last 5 years when I've thought I was running 10 miles in training, I wasn't! Anyway, using the receiver, I have now an accurately measured course, and I finished this distance last night in 74 minutes, which is seven and a half minute miling, which I am very pleased with.

After last night's run, my right achilles tendon was feeling sore, so I iced it. This is a problem which dogged me during the last marathon build up, so I think that I'll have to be careful with it. It'll get ultrasound each week, and I'll also try to continue to ice it two or three times a day.

I have been rejected in the ballot for the London Marathon. It appears that many people I know have been rejected too. I will try for a place in the London Marathon through my running club, and if I am unsuccessful, then the Arthritis Research Campaign will hopefully provide me with a place.

I have been selling a few bits and pieces on Ebay towards the 2005 campaign recently, and my total is now over 800.

I am now looking forward to the Tadworth 10 and the Epsom Oddballs Perch 2000 races in January.

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