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Raffydabbit in Belfast is doing 40 things including…

run a marathon

4 cheers


Raffydabbit has written 5 entries about this goal

Half marathon

So I was flying back home a while back. My sister was in the country and mentioned that she’d be doing a half marathon that weekend with her friend. I thought “yeah it’d be cool, I’ll join you”.

I bought myself a ticket just before the closing date for entries, called my sister and then she realised, she hadn’t bought her ticket, nor had her friend. So it was just me, by myself. I thought “fuck it I’ll do it anyway”. So with no training I decided to give it a shot. I made the mistake of going out two nights before, getting horrifically drunk and spending the day before the half marathon in bed with a horrible hangover, not the best preparation.

Anyway I did it, 1hr40min50s. It was tough, and I was far from being in shape I could feel it. But I got the bug again, it was a lot of fun and I really want to do the full thing.

It was impossible

I didn’t give myself enough time to train, trained too hard and paid the price. My knee started giving me a bit of bother and rather than ruin myself, I’m just going to hold off until next year, and start training a lot earlier.

HAHA, it's impossible!

12 miles done, just. From the bottom up, I have a blister on either foot around my toes, and a bleeding heal. My calves feel like they are never going to relax, my knees are on fire and feel like they don’t bend in the right direction anymore. My quads are made of rock now, or bags of concrete. I think that my left hip is about to pop out of place, and my back has seized up so much that paying a large bloke to walk up and down it wouldn’t soften it up in the slightest.

Saying that, I did it in 1hr45. Which by my distorted logic means that I should be able to complete the marathon in about 3hr50. Maybe 4hrs as I am now completely busted. Yeah, 4hrs, give or take an hour, or two.


Nine week training schedule. This is the shortest training program that I have found. So I’m going to dive in at week 4 of this and tweak it slightly.

Week 1: 12 miles, rest, 5,5,5,5,5
Week 2: 15 miles, rest, 5,5,5,5,5
Week 3: 18 miles, rest, 6,6,6,6,6
Week 4: 20 miles, rest, 7,7,7,7,7
Week 5: 15 miles, rest, 6,6,6,6,6
Week 6: 10 miles, rest, 5, rest, 4, rest, rest

Marathon in 6 weeks?

There’s a marathon happening in 6 weeks in Belfast. I thought about doing it but when I looked at all of the training guides online they talk about 18 week, 30 week, 14 week, 26 week training schedules before the marathon. I got scared and gave up on the idea. But then my girlfriend in all her wisdom bestowed some wise words onto me, “but why don’t you just do it anyway?”

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