Boston Marathon acceptanceExcept it doesn’t, not quite yet…

After months of crap running due to a stomach bug, colds and a calf injury I’ve finally managed two weeks of consistent running with no illnesses and more importantly no injury niggles and no pain. Which means it’s time to start thinking about the training for the Boston London double.

First up is another two weeks of getting some consistent training with no problems under my belt. This is so important to me that I want to make sure that I’m starting my training fit and healthy.

The Boston London double came about completely by accident, I wasn’t trying to qualify for Boston. I was chasing a London Good For Age (GFA) time of 3:49:59. After pacing the target time for 10 miles and having to keep slowing myself down I thought, “Sod it, just run.” I crossed half was in 1:52:20 and realised a dream goal of 3:44:59 was on. I can’t explain it but I just knew I could do it. I ended up crossing the finish line in 3:40:51 – 4 minutes and 9 seconds inside my Boston Qualifying (BQ) time. And so along with my friends Julie and Geoff the idea of the Boston London double was born. After all, if Emma, Abi and Marnie had done it this year why couldn’t we?

The last two and a half months haven’t been easy. There’s been a lot of grumps/throwing the toys out the pram and a lot of self-doubt. But I finally feel as if I’m healed.

So the next couple of weeks will be about focusing on getting the consistency in my running back and making food choices so I can lose that little bit of weight I’ve put on in the last couple of months by not running, over-eating and drinking alcohol.

So perhaps the road to the Boston London double begins here. In which case, let’s do this!

Until next time…

Kassia Gardner