Paul Walters runs the London Marathon
Report from Monday 6th December 2004
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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