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Posted on 21st April

Not long to go now and the last month seems to have passed so quickly.

I started to train for this fun run in early November so on Sunday morning hopefully all the hard runs in the cold and dark will have paid off. Guess what the weather forecast is snow for the first time at the London Marathon bloody typical.

The last week has been a bit unusual in that I have had lots of rest days as part of my tapering when you just want to go out and run at least the grass has got cut.

Lots of good food I hope the beetroot juice makes me go faster than what it tastes like not at all pleasant.

I have had some interesting questions over the last few months ranging from is the London Marathon the longest marathon, are all marathons the same distance and is a half marathon half the distance of a full marathon, and no these were all said seriously.

I don’t suppose you will see me on the TV as I will not be setting off with the elite runners or running this in fancy dress but you can follow me live. My race number is 20454.

I am looking forward to a drink on Sunday night as I have dropped alcohol for the last 6 weeks I will no doubt be well oiled after a couple of pints!

There have been lots of highs and lows along the way but I always say to myself that there are lots of people who would love to swap places and be able to get out and run.

I went to a seminar recently on nutrition which was quite enlightening and went something like this.

The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is awful; soft drinks corrode your stomach lining; Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High fat diets can be disastrous and none of us realises the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water. However, there is one thing that’s the most dangerous of all and we all have eaten, or will eat it. Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?”

After several seconds of quiet, a 75-year-old man in the front row raised his hand, and softly said, “Wedding Cake”.

I will try my best on Sunday but most importantly it is all about enjoyment and I intend to run the race with a smile. No predictions from me.

I cannot thank everyone enough for your kind words and encouragement it has certainly kept me motivated. Thank you to all the members at my running club Crook who have helped with my training and not least everyone who have made donations to the charity I am running for which is the Butterwick Hospice.

You can still make a donation by clicking here to go to my just giving page.

My last blog will be after the event when I will share my day’s experience good and bad.

Graham