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Slow, Steady, Stubborn, Strong....

IMG_9694 (2)... is my New York Marathon mantra!

In exactly a week, I will have finished the 26.2 miles and will be recovering. My best mate Sal and I start running 11am New York time, which is 6pm Swiss time, 5pm GMT. My goal is to finish without injury, my secret goal is to complete sub 6 hours :-)

My strategy will be run 9 minutes, walk 1 minutes for the first half, and then for as long as I can. When it gets too much, run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute. I want to enjoy the atmosphere and see New York. The atmosphere and crowd support is meant to be wonderful.

Today I did 1.5 hours (definitely into taper territory now). The longest I have run is 25km (I failed to complete 30km a week later), but the last few weeks i have been under weather with cold, ear ache, period, too much stress at work. So I have been trying to rest as much as possible and get some strength back.

I feel as though I haven't trained or prepared enough. One the one hand, this is true. On the other hand, I have done what I could given my job and family and other commitments. And compared to a year ago, I am so much fitter and stronger. I am proud of the progress I have made. This year alone I have run 2 10ks, 1 10 miler and 2 half marathon. I know what my pace is and I know what my strategy needs to be.

Everyone around me is convinced I can do this. My mate Kerry sent me the book "A race like no other" which give a really good description of the route and the atmosphere. This is the big @40 challenge, which originally started as run a half marathon. It is goal just for me. About finding time and strength to go out and run. And I am deliberately not running for a charity. I am just focussed on me and my running. I am scared and excited, but I will feel the fear and do it anyway...

I will post details next week on how you can follow me on the day!

I am slow, I am steady, I am stubborn, I am strong. I will cross that finish line :-)