North Dorset Village Marathon

So this week I’m celebrating the completion of my first marathon by starting a new running blog. This first post is about my marathon experience in North Dorset but if you want to find out a little more about the thinking behind the new site then you’ll find that on this page.

This year the North Dorset Village Marathon coincided with International Star Wars Day. My choice to participate had nothing to do with Star Wars but there was a guy dressed in full Darth Vader costume taking part to act as a reminder that it was indeed May 4th. I think I may have beaten Lord Vader across the line so if nothing else, this run serves as another win for me and my Jedi friends. The main reason for taking part was to finally address my lack of an officially recorded marathon time since covering the distance in more of a relaxed way for my last two birthday celebrations. I entered this same race last year but due to illness a week or two beforehand was unable to take part. This year I was determined to get to the start (and finish) line. Training this year started very well, completely fell apart in the middle (due to injury) and then picked up again only 3 weeks before the race. It turned out that as expected the middle bit where things fell apart was probably the most important bit which you shouldn’t miss. Oops. Continue reading