Category: Training

Training the marathon route

London Marathon

At times I like to switch up my training route to keep it fresh. Sometimes, not knowing how long you have to run down a road until you see the street you need to turn left at, keeps you guessing about how long you have left.

At other times though, it’s really important to tread the same route, especially if you are tracking your pace, or if you know the elevation of the route. It means you can gauge your pace accordingly.

Sir Mo Farah answers the challenge

Andi vs Mo Farah

After months of texts, tweets and phone calls from me, Sir Mo Farah finally decided to take up my challenge and race me over 26.2 miles next April.

BBC Sport reported the news this morning and it was a relief to me because I thought I’d be running around London on my own next April but at least I have the comfort in knowing that I’ll have a four time olympic champion breathing down my neck.

Marathon training starts now

Andi Smallwood at Royal Parks Half Marathon

As ever, I applied to run the London Marathon. I need to do it just once. I need the lump of metal that you get at the end of it just to say that I did it.

It’s getting harder and harder to get in as more and more people apply. A record 414,000 people applied to run in the 2019 London Marathon.

Just like many others, I got my rejection in early October.