Paul Walters runs the London Marathon

Report from Saturday 21st April 2007

Bad back, but ready for it

In the last 10 days I have developed a bad back. I'm not sure what is wrong - perhaps I should have sought advice, but it seems to get worse during the day, and then after a night's rest is better in the mornings. I have managed to run a 9 mile training run with my bad back without problem, so I suspect that I'll be alright.

I ran 9 gentle miles last Sunday, followed by 5.5 miles on Tuesday, and a light jog on Thursday.

I went to register at the ExCeL London Marathon Exhibition on Wednesday afternoon, which was pretty straight forward. I got my number, timing chip for my show, bag to put my belongings in to put on the baggage bus, and I also purchased a London Marathon watch and some new running shoes while I was there. Lucazade were giving out marathon timing wrist bands too, which tell you what time each mile you need to do to finish in your intended time. I got bands for 3:20 and 3:30, so I'll wear them tomorrow and see how it goes.

I think I've done everything - put the chip on my left running shoe, got plenty of safety pins for my number, put "PAUL" lettering on my Reigate Priory AC running top, got my clothing ready, prepared nipple protection (sticking plasters), got the digital camera ready for Sarah to take pictures, packed my mobile phone and phone number list, cut my toe nails (some usually come off, so I'm trying cutting them very short this year), have packed Ibuprofen tablets and Ibuprofen gel, and have got energy drinks ready for the morning. Yep, that's about it.

Just looking forward to it now! Fingers X'd!

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