Running the biggest Marathon in the World

I see being able to run 26.2 miles, 42.2km as a blessing, having the health and fitness to be able to complete a race this distance i am very grateful for.

It is only just beginning to sink in what i achieved 2 weeks ago today.

On the 5th November, 2017 i ran the 5 Boroughs of New York City and completed the TCS New York City Marathon in a time of 3:20:56.

This was only my third marathon, having previously ran Brighton and Frankfurt, so i still regard myself as a novice runner and with a current age of 56, this means that time qualifies me for next years NYC Marathon again and also Boston 2019.

For those who have been following my YouTube channel and other Social Media @RunGuruRun will know that 4 weeks before the NYC Marathon i had to pull up from my long run after only 40 minutes with a lot of pain in one leg. I thought i could just rest and get back to training, but after 5 minutes of my training run on the following Tuesday i had to stop as i was in a lot of pain.

After seeing a physio and getting some treatment, i had to withdraw from the Birmingham Half Marathon and focus on rehab exercises.

With 2 weeks before the race i then got back to some running, but it was still painful and it was a race against time to get fit enough to run the marathon. the week before the race, i managed a 1 hour run and continued everyday with exercises to help get me fit.

When race day arrived, all i can say is that it was like a dream. I had seen a number of raceday VLOGs and it felt surreal racing around New York. The crowds were amazing and when i got to the finish line, it felt incredible.

Below is my very own New York City Marathon race day VLOG. I hope you enjoy and share.

If you ever get the opportunity to race the New York City Marathon, do it!

Detours in life

For those of you who have been following my running journey so far, will know that i suffered an injury whilst running the Reading Half Marathon. Whilst at the time, i thought it was just another twinge, when i went for a run the following Tuesday, i had so much pain after the first few stepsĀ i had to step off the Treadmill immediately.

After having had numerous visits to the physio, i am still recovering from what was a back injury. But i stubbornly persisted and tried to keep running within a certain pain threshold.

I ran Brighton Marathon in agony for the whole 26.2 miles, but i was committed to finish, whatever the time. Even during the filming of the race i was determined not to show the pain or talk it, i was keeping happy thoughts in my head and even making up my own songs to keep me going. I felt like stopping so many times, but something kept me going and going and going!

After all the training i had done up to the injury at Reading Half Marathon, it was heart breaking to not be able to run at my full potential. I really wanted to better my time at Frankfurt Marathon from back in October last year, but it was not to be.

I had to take a detour.

The running had to be put on hold, whilst my body healed from the injury.

With this detour, like often happens in life, we can deal with it in a number of ways. We can get frustrated and angry, or we can be patient and learn from our mistakes.

For me, i have learnt more in past few weeks about my body and how to listen to my body, diet, recovery and more. I have immersed myself in ways that i can improve and ensure that i do not repeat the same mistakes and how i can become a better athlete.

And above all, it has also taught me patience.

My next Marathon race is not until 5th November at New York City, so i should have adequate time to train back up to the fitness and speed i had before Reading Half Marathon and hope to improve again.

In addition to learning patience, i have also put the extra spare time to good use and keeping in the spirit to doing something i can’t, i decided to start a weekly VLOG about my weekly progress, running, eating and whatever i decide on the day of recording!

I’ve called it WEGU, which is for Weekly Exclusive Guru Update and below is the second instalment and would love if you Like the video and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

So as you can see, i may of taken a detour with the running and will hope to be soon back on course!