Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Pommy Granite

I’m relieved to tell you that the New York Marathon went really well. Despite a recurrence of my stomach problems from Berlin, I crossed the line in 3 hours 53 minutes, which ensured that I achieved my ambition of running all five marathons in under 20 hours (19 hours, 22 minutes, 18 seconds). I’m absolutely over the moon!

With Mel and the Macmillan support team before the United Nations'
International Friendship Run, 31 October 2009

Many congratulations to fellow Brits Amy Bell and Rick and Kathryn Price. Amy ran New York, her first marathon, in a fantastic 6 hours 29 minutes. What an amazing effort! Roll on the Rome Marathon 2010, when Amy will hit the streets again. Congratulations also to fivemarathons supporters Rick and Kathryn, who completed the Dublin Marathon on 26 October 2009 in a great 5 hours 51 minutes. Rick has fought back from injury and should feel justly proud with that result. Full details to follow in this week’s blog.

With my Mum and Dad at the finish line in Manhattan. 8 months, 5 marathons,
19 hours 22 minutes 18 seconds, 1 promise delivered


Barcelona, 1 March 2009
3 hrs 57 mins (new PB)
London, 26 April 2009 4 hrs 01 mins
San Francisco, 26 July 2009 3 hrs 43 mins (new PB)
Berlin, 20 September 2009 3 hrs 46 mins
New York, 1 November 2009 3 hrs 53 mins


Coniston 14 (14 miles), 28 March 2009 1 hr 48
Humber Half Marathon, 15 June 2009 1 hr 40 (new PB)
Congleton Half Marathon, 11 October 2009 1 hr 33 (new PB)

This week’s training schedule:

Monday, 26 October 2009 2.5 miles easy
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 6 miles easy
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 2 miles easy
Thursday, 29 October 2009 Rest
Friday, 30 October 2009 Fly to New York
Saturday, 31 October 2009 United Nations’ International Friendship Run (2.5 miles)
Sunday, 1 November 2009 New York City Marathon

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