My name is Ben Larcombe and for the next 12 months, I will be training hard each and every day in an attempt to transform myself from non-runner to sub 3-hour marathoner. I’m calling it… Marathon in a Year.
THE CHALLENGE BEGINS
Date 18th April 2015
The challenge began on Saturday 18th April 2015 with a 5k at my local parkrun. I felt very unfit and only managed a time of
IT BAND SYNDROME
Date: 12th May 2015
I’m almost a month into training now, or at least I should be. I injured my knee on literally the first run of the challenge and it has been bad ever since. I am pretty sure I have IT Band Syndrome. I’m doing daily stretches and strengthening exercises to try and cure it but at the moment, I’m not seeing any improvement. Every time I go for a jog it begins to hurt after a minute or two. I don’t know what to do…
10 LESSONS FROM A YEAR OF RUNNING
Date: 18th April 2016
On Monday 18th April 2016 my year of running came to an end. Despite numerous injuries and setbacks, I clocked up over 850 miles on my feet and finished my first ever half marathon in a fairly respectable 88:48.
ACHIEVING SUB 19
Date: 23rd April 2016
Five days after the end of the challenge I finish my local parkrun in 18:59, for a new PB. This was a goal I had been striving towards for the entire year but hadn’t quite managed to achieve. I might have only been by one second but I am now officially a sub 19 runner!