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    So I am about to start training for a marathon. I have never ran a marathon and only really run 3-4 miles a time twice a week mainly to keep my fitness levels up. I have decided to blog this after speaking with a friend and being told that I had inspired her, I was really surprised! She mentioned that others may want to follow me in this new challenge I have started. I have chosen my event and training plan. The marathon is the Dartmoor Discovery Ultra trail marathon and is as exactly how it sounds... Gruelling! Not the best first choice but it is the only one lap course that is local to me and on one of my very few days off.

    So a bit of background so you might understand as to why I would suddenly start such a big challenge;
    I work 36hrs a week at a specialist running store; we sell shoes specifically designed to aid the correction of pronating arches in the foot.
    I am currently taking my jewellery and silversmithing BA HONs third year at Truro College. (Truro is in Cornwall but I live in Devon, this means that one day of the week, usually Fridays, are hell as I travel a cumulative 8hrs.)
    I live with my boyfriend and his family in Cockington; a delightful village with thatched roofs in Devon by the sea. My boyfriend is Greek and a personal trainer and yes I am for real because he IS aptly named Adonis. His Mum is an aerobics instructor, his brother a door man. His father a security installer and electrician. They all have physical jobs and look amazing I mean AMAZING! All muscles and taut skin, tanned and glorious, so you really wouldn't expect the two boys Adoni and Kosta to have a genetic disease called cystic fibrosis. It sucks! There's lots of coughing and rubbing/beating backs, tonnes of tablets and endless inhalers and nebulisers but despite this disease the boys look the vision of health. They use exercise; cardio, weight training, contact sports to shift all that mucus on the chest. They have to eat 6 times a day just to stay the same weight, people with Cystic Fibrosis can't absorb the nutrition from food so generally are very underweight, unable to store fat or build muscle.
    So I'm going to run a marathon for the cystic fibrosis charity. There is currently research being done into developing an injection that should create the same effect that millions of tablets taken at all times of the day and inhalers twice a day do. One injection every 8 weeks just sounds incredible. It would improve the lives of so many people! It would improve the life of my boyfriend! I see my wonderful man try his hardest in every aspect of his life, working extra hard just to be the same as everyone else. It would be amazing for him to not have to take strong antibiotics first thing in the morning and three more times during the day and creon (an artificial enzyme that help him take the nutrition out of food) every single time he eats, to be able to go anywhere and not have to think about his nebuliser, or panic everytime its cold or hot if his chest will be ok. This injection is currently being tested in it's final stages in America but I really want to do everything possible to speed up that process and get that injection over here! That's why I am running, everyone around will see the difficulty of what I am doing and hopefully be inspired enough to sponsor money for The cystic fibrosis charity. The challenge will be very hard, I will be spending hours and hours training. I think the plan I am using says I will in training run about 60 miles in total before the big day. It will be hard and at some point I will feel like giving up. That's why I'm writing on here. I will write a new entry for every training session. I would love to get support from anyone reading this whether you are into the running scene or not if you have cf or know anybody that has even if you've stumbled upon this accidentally! I have a sneaky feeling that I have bitten off more than I can chew so any form of inspiration and support will really really help! let me know your story, write on here! Adoni is helping in his way his personal training skills will be tested to the full as he trains me for something which could in the long run preserve his life and future lives with cystic fibrosis meaning. Personally for me this means that Adoni and I have more time together. So every step I take I will be thinking of him, of us and our future.
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    http://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com...-schedule.html This is the routine that I will be following. It is specifically designed for a beginner. I have a holiday booked in April and a couple of weekends where work is particularly demanding so have altered the routine ever so slightly. Also instead of the fartlek training and cross trainer intervals I will be attending an aerobics session to loosen up muscles and repair quicker. Adoni assures me this is ok to do and produces the same results! It's the first night of training tonight as I missed the last two runs (only found plan this late last night) so therefore I will be doing two runs of 3 miles each instead of three runs of 2miles each! Wish me luck and I will post the results tonight!
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    Friday the 2nd of December 7:30 pm.
    Ran 4 miles in 42:32. Pace of 5.5 - 5.7

    So I was excited to start my first run as 'training for a marathon'. My train was delayed which meant I missed my connection and had to wait for 45 minutes in the cold. I was stiff and cranky after I had been travelling all day. As it's in the pm and there have been a few scary stories involving women walking home alone etc I'm going to be running either in daylight or indoors. So on the treadmill for me! As it was a tread I knew it would be easier so decided to put all my enthusiasm into this run and literally go that extra mile. I ran 4 miles but a bit too quickly. My pace was mostly 5.7 which is just under 11 minutes which for a beginner marathon runner is a bit too quick and therefore unsustainable. It meant I would have completed the marathon in 4hr30 an hour quicker than planned. This means I would probably burn out and subsequently not finish the race. I need to practise my running technique at about a 5.2 (11 minutes 30 seconds per mile ish) so I can pace myself.

    Calories consumed; 1200
    Calories burned; 353
    Calorie Deficit; 847
    Must eat for dinner; at least 500 calories

    My over all mood is very happy and I don't think it's because of the endorphins released during exercise or the 'feel good repair' drink I've just gulped down I think it's because if the act of doing something selfless. Something for other people and especially for the person I love!

    So tomorrow is a rest day so I will next blog on Sunday after my long3 (very slow 3 miles)
    Thanks for reading!
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    So I know I said I wouldn't blog until Sunday but I was at work and researching the Dartmoor Discovery Ultra marathon and I found out that it is already full! Also it is 32 miles and not 26 like I expected so that calls for a change of plans! I am instead going to run The Dartmoor Vale Marathon. This is in October so it gives me a few more months to get a lot of miles under my belt, even chance to run a 'practice' marathon!
    Overall mood today, I woke up a bit achey but only in my neck and shoulders so I think I was exhausted and I had one of those nights where I just completely collapsed! As I walked to work I felt my hips were a bit stiff too. I ate a little more than usual including prawns for lunch and pork for tea, more protein and carbs for me!

    Calories consumed; 1350
    Calories burned; very few!
    Calorie deficit; none

    Blog again tomorrow after my next training session!
    Thanks for reading
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    Best of luck, what a great cause x
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    Good luck!
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    Sunday the 4th of December 08:30 am.
    Ran 3 miles in 32:58. Pace of 5.5 (roughly 11 minute miles)

    Weekly Weigh in 53.2kg 8 stone 5 llbs.

    Over all mood this morning
    Well it was still dark when I woke up so found it hard to get up and out the door, went to the gym first thing so could run before work. I really concentrated on making this run slow, I know I need to find a slow comfortable pace so when I'm running o. The road I can stick to it and not rely on the treadmill's numbers telling me. I feel so much better after the run and like I'm more alert, my rest day made me stiff and achey so this 3 miles just loosened my muscles again. I had my head phones is time and I listened to Inna's album 'hot' it was nice and summery and really lifted my mood!
    Calories consumed; it's still AM so aiming for 1300
    Calories burned; 271
    Calorie deficit; 1029
    Calories must consume; about 400

    Tomorrow is another 3 miler and possibly followed by an aerobics session if I feel up to it! Will blog tomorrow evening.
    Thanks for reading! and thank you for those who have wished me good luck!!!
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    What better reason to do this?
    Go for it baby cakes!
    How do I sponser?
    IckleBickleKins (aka SonnyDeMena) xxx
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    Hello :-).

    Just to say I really hope you do well in your marathon. I'm very involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and do a lot of fundraising in the North West area, have raised just short of £5,000 since March this year. It's such a fantastic cause. I sadly lost a close friend to CF in March, and have made a lot of friends through fundraising who also have CF. It made me so happy to read that you were raising money for them, as I don't have any other cause quite so close to my heart.

    All the best.
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    (Original post by TinksInNeverland)
    Sunday the 4th of December 08:30 am.
    Ran 3 miles in 52:58. Pace of 5.5 (roughly 11 minute miles)

    Weekly Weigh in 53.2kg 8 stone 5 llbs.
    3 miles in 52:58 is not 11 minutesmiles, it's like 18 minutes miles...

    You mean 32:58? That would make sense...
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    (Original post by SonnyDeMena)
    What better reason to do this?
    Go for it baby cakes!
    How do I sponser?
    IckleBickleKins (aka SonnyDeMena) xxx
    Lol, why thankies stevie! And may I say it's a pleasure to c u on tsr!
    xxxx
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    (Original post by MHorman)
    3 miles in 52:58 is not 11 minutesmiles, it's like 18 minutes miles...

    You mean 32:58? That would make sense...
    Lol, yeah, damn typo. I'm on an iPad and they have a damn mind of their own!
    Thanks for spotting, I've edited so the blog records my hard work as accurately as possible!

    Thank you for reading and showing interest!
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    (Original post by xoxAngel_Kxox)
    Hello :-).

    Just to say I really hope you do well in your marathon. I'm very involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and do a lot of fundraising in the North West area, have raised just short of £5,000 since March this year. It's such a fantastic cause. I sadly lost a close friend to CF in March, and have made a lot of friends through fundraising who also have CF. It made me so happy to read that you were raising money for them, as I don't have any other cause quite so close to my heart.

    All the best.
    Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry for your loss! I know you probably have heard that a lot but being so close to cf sufferer's means I really do understand how awful it would be to lose someone close! I am so inspired that you raised so much money for the cf trust well done! That's incredible! It really makes me sure I can raise a lot as I have until October 2012! With you working in the north west and me in the south we can work our way to take the uk by storm and raise awareness of this still relatively unknown disease and really improve the lives of cf sufferer's and future Lives!

    Best of luck your end and maybe our paths on this cause will cross one day! I certainly hope so!

    Thank you for the inspiration and support
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    Just like to give my support to Alicia's very worthy cause. I know she has the mental strength and determination to do this. We are all behind you babe, and couldn't be more proud.... Way to go girl!!
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    (Original post by TinksInNeverland)
    Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry for your loss! I know you probably have heard that a lot but being so close to cf sufferer's means I really do understand how awful it would be to lose someone close! I am so inspired that you raised so much money for the cf trust well done! That's incredible! It really makes me sure I can raise a lot as I have until October 2012! With you working in the north west and me in the south we can work our way to take the uk by storm and raise awareness of this still relatively unknown disease and really improve the lives of cf sufferer's and future Lives!

    Best of luck your end and maybe our paths on this cause will cross one day! I certainly hope so!

    Thank you for the inspiration and support
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    It's nice to talk to someone who does understand for a change :-). My best friend's daughter is 12 and she has CF as well; although she's relatively well at the moment. For a disease that only affects such a small proportion of people in the UK I certainly seem to know my fair share- I must be bad luck!

    Good luck down south too! Make sure you post updates then I can keep up with you :-).
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    Hey hey

    Good luck. I've done a marathon and a half marathon so I know a little bit Feel free to ask if you have any questions. One tip I will give which I think a lot of runners miss is DO RESISTANCE TRAINING, it will help you avoid injuries (I speak as an injured person ).
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    (Original post by xoxAngel_Kxox)
    It's nice to talk to someone who does understand for a change :-). My best friend's daughter is 12 and she has CF as well; although she's relatively well at the moment. For a disease that only affects such a small proportion of people in the UK I certainly seem to know my fair share- I must be bad luck!

    Good luck down south too! Make sure you post updates then I can keep up with you :-).
    I will do, I plan to post every training session the highs and lows with complete honesty! Just a little bit of reassurance for yourself, friend and their daughter; my boyfriend and his brother are 21 and 24 both have cf and are healthier than the average person, they are in great shape and very fit and healthy. They have to work twice as hard but it is paying off and continues to pay off for the future!

    Take care and keep up the amazing work!!!
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    (Original post by Lell)
    Hey hey

    Good luck. I've done a marathon and a half marathon so I know a little bit Feel free to ask if you have any questions. One tip I will give which I think a lot of runners miss is DO RESISTANCE TRAINING, it will help you avoid injuries (I speak as an injured person ).
    Oh my gosh what was your injury? Did you recover ok? Yeah I do resistance training on top half but as I walk to work and back up and down two huge hills everyday I have really developed legs so they've always been strong. The aerobics sessions I do should loosen my muscles to stop any tightness and pulling of anything. Where was you half and full and what time did you make? I'm aiming just to finish but I've been told I'm quite fast so might try a pb, how was your training?
    Lol SOO many questions!
    Thanks
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    (Original post by SonnyDeMena)
    What better reason to do this?
    Go for it baby cakes!
    How do I sponser?
    IckleBickleKins (aka SonnyDeMena) xxx
    Lol, give me a signature next time I'm round and I'll collect the money when I finish the race, or if you come and watch me finish can give it then! That would be a great incentive for me when I'm really struggling as the finish is after a massive hill!
    Thanks
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    No worries we'l be there babe even if we have to get grandad to drive. Be great if my brother Pete runs as well. Have you seen my link to this on facebook I hope it gets yr cause out there.
 
 
 
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