Saturday, 24 April 2010



It was a bit of a palava to get up there, how London will cope with all the extra commuters for 2012 Olympics who knows? The Jubilee line was not going where we needed to go and the stop we wanted to get off at, was shut due to over crowding so it was a bit of a mish mash of back and forth to get out way across London to  the Excel which was in the deep dark East of London.

I don’t think it has really sunk in yet, but the expo helped, being sponsored by Virgin, everything was bright Period red! Realised I had left my registration document at home, but luckily I had my driving licence on me and that was enough to give me what I needed my number, yaaaah. Went and got my timing chipped activated, and had a look around, dragged the other half down with me.

Was not that impressed with the expo, it was okay, not as many great products as you would expect, I read a lot of the blogs American women write and they have a lot better products than we do over here, I mean you can only get compression socks in black or white and we haven’t really jumped on the running skirt bands wagon yet, come on U.K get your finger out, us girlies want some nice gear!


Yes I tried some on, first a pair of red ones, they felt good, but I then tried on another pair called KSO and straight away I felt great in them, I ran around a little, I know no shame, but they weren't cheap so I had to make sure they were as good as they felt. The only way I can describe it was that it felt like my feet were being kissed, and all I could think about was how much my feet would hurt after the marathon on Sunday and how wonderful it would feel to slip my feet into them. I must of drove the sales guy mad with all my questions but as I said times are hard and at £88 I had to be sure. I've read up a lot about them and am very interested in bare foot running, but have only once had the courage to slip my shoes off, too much dog, doo, doo, glass, vomit and general rubbish in my area to bother to try that too often.

My Asics cost £80 plus a pop and to be honest the only thing I buy these days are running clothes and running stuff, I need to buy some everyday wear and shoes, I hope they are worth it, but I know when I slip my feet into them tomorrow that they will be worth every penny spent. I figured they cost me an hour and and 20 minutes worth of teaching I can swallow that.

That was the best part of the expo getting to try the Vibram five fingers on, I may never of bought them otherwise. Picked up some more gels, and jelly beans, got a subscription to another running magazine, and that was it, all that needed to be done was done.

That is the mantra I will try and keep in my head tomorrow anything is possible, it still has not hit me but  I am ready. as ready as I could ever be, yes I wished I could've done more speed work, yes I wish I had done more cross training, yes I wish I had Kenyan Blood, but there is nothing I could do about that now, tomorrow it all goes on the line.I've been eating and hydrating the last few days, no looking back just looking forward 26.2 miles, God willing see you on the other side.

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