Paul Walters runs the London Marathon

Report from Wednesday 16th June 2004

Starting well this year

I have already delivered 750 to The Blackborough Club of Holmesdale Road, Reigate from last year's collection, and I just need to finish off the fund for the MS Trust, which will at least equal this sum.

After this year's marathon, my legs were obviously tired, but I quickly got back into training again. I'm sure that I have been building fitness since. I ran the Heatherley 10 in 81 minutes, but I started too quickly, and so did not enjoy it much, and walked for a short distance. I completed the Dorking 10 in 81 minutes too, which was 8 minutes faster than last year, so I'm pleased with that. I still think that I should be easily completing the 10 mile distance in a time under 80 minutes (or ideally 75 minutes), but time will tell whether this is achievable.

I have been trying to attend club training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as the longer run on a Sunday. In fact I've only been to the Sunday morning club run once, but I hope to run with them regularly through the year.

Due to a holiday in Crete and just being busy, I had not run much in the last two or three weeks, but I went down to training last night, and I felt pleased with my run - I think that the rest has done me good.

Basically I want to keep building, and stretch as often as possible to keep supple and stave off injury. Unfortunately it is all to easy to drop the stretching out of the schedule, so I must do my best. Three weeks ago I had a bit of a scare with my left upper hamstring while sprinting, but I rested and stretched for over a week, and it was okay - a lucky escape. As long as I can keep away from illness (which dogged me last year - a cold which lasted for 12 weeks) and injury (usually piriformis/upper hamstring), I'd like to try to beat all of my personal best times this year. I hope to get back to my fitness of 2002.

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