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Marathon Training in the Snow

"How's your marathon training progressing?"

That's a question I get asked on a regular basis.  I'd definitely say its going well but it's been somewhat hindered over the last few days with the arrival of the 'Beast from the East' and all its wintery havoc.  We should, by rights, be moving into Spring now; I have definitely seen crocuses poking their little heads up although I'm guessing that they're now completely smothered in about 4 inches of snow!

It's also probably worth mentioning that I HATE snow: it's cold, it's wet and it's very slippery!  Yes, like everyone else I coo at the pretty snowflakes when they first start to fall on Christmas Eve but after that, I'm done!

Training outdoors for a Spring marathon has been an absolute nightmare this year for me.  My circulation isn't great and I've come home on a number of occasions from long runs barely able to feel my legs let alone my fingers!  I have invested in some absolute fabulous bits of technical running kit, including Ronhill's fleece leggings and a windproof jacket.  I also never run without my baseball cap...it was so windy the other day, a lorry driving past blew it off!

The snow has however, ground my outdoors training to a standstill.  Instead, I've schlepped (in wellies) through the snow to undertake yet more miles on the gym treadmill.  To begin with, I saw the treadmill quite literally, as the 'dreadmill'.  However, as time has progressed, I've learned to love it.  I can train whatever the weather and its actually pretty good for fartlek or hill sprints training (which I did today!).

It's also meant that I've seen more of one of my friends as we now go to the gym together and have a good chat whilst we're there.

I guess every snow cloud has a silver lining...


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