Paul Walters runs the London Marathon

Report from Friday 10th March 2006

... And Another PB

Since running the Wokingham Half, I have had difficulty putting a long run in. For a few weeks afterwards, every time I started a long run, I would get problems with my calf or hamstring muscles.

However, last Saturday I managed to run a 17 mile route, which is what I really needed. I went down to Gatton Point, through Redhill around the ring road and down the Brighton Road to Horley, down the Balcombe Road and turned to go past the railway station, left down Massetts Road, back down the A23, down Woodhatch Road, right at the Angel pub up Cockshot Hill, down Bell Street, around the Reigate ringroad and home. I finished this route in 2 hours 16 minutes, which will do!

Since running this I have had a slight problem with the front of my left leg at the hip, but it's not stopped me running this week, so I hope that it'll go away rather than get worse.

Yesterday I ran in the Reigate Priory AC Jimmy James Handicap. I ran my previous best over this course in January 2005, when I thought that I was on a previous peak, in 31:27. Last night I ran the course in 31:00, which I was very pleased with, and have therefore obtained another PB for 2006.

I have had to work the last 3 weekends, which has disrupted my running, and have not been able to run on a Sunday with the Reigate Priory AC runners. Hopefully I will be able to run with them this weekend - 19 miles would be good!

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