London Marathon blog: What marathon training has taught me so far

16:02 18 February 2013

Anna is running the marathon to raise money for Headway.

Anna is running the marathon to raise money for Headway.

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Reporter Anna Dubuis will be joining thousands of people taking part in this year’s Virgin London Marathon on April 21, and will be raising money for Headway, the brain injury association. In the run-up to the day, she’ll be blogging about her training and the build-up to the race. This week, Anna talks about what she has learnt so far.

Kids aren’t messing around when they cry after falling over

I had a terrible fall. I was running like wild fire along a busy road and my feet just gave up at the same time as a huge pavement slab lunged up at me. I went flying, head first across the gravel and skidding to a halt (it probably wasn’t that dramatic).

Devastated, I looked up for my mum, lip quivvering. I don’t think I have fallen over like that since I was six years old.

Sadly my mum wasn’t there, instead there was just a woman who looked moderately concerned and asked if I was okay.

Bravely, I got up and noted my injuries – a cut elbow and grazes down my hand. There was sufficient blood for me to overreact and give up my run, hobbling home (yes I decided a hobble was necessary) while cradling my poor arm.

Once cleaned up it wasn’t so bad. But that fall was upsetting, and I’ll never point and laugh at a child falling over again.

To lose weight, one must move one’s body

It’s a little known secret that to lose weight you need to exercise.

In recent decades a plethora of dieting experts have hidden this fact from you and instead come up with endless wonder plans involving eating less meat/eating only cabbage/eating only when upside down etc.

But since I’ve been running, I’ve been eating like a horse (minus the horse… I’m veggie so I’m safe from all that) yet the food doesn’t end up on my hips.

My marathon diet is the best thing I’ve ever discovered…chocolate milkshakes, jacket potatoes, peanut butter on toast…I’m a carb queen.

No longer will I subject myself to cabbage soup for a week, nor starve myself for two days in order to feast the rest of the week.

I’m going to make my millions my writing book called ‘exercise makes you lose weight’. Watch this space.

Pedestrians don’t look both ways when leaving shops

… yes I know, why would they? But really, it’s the most irritating thing when some idiot pedestrian takes the absolute liberty of walking out of a shop door onto the street and directly into my flight plan.

How dare they not look both ways before entering my territory?

Watch your path, pedestrians, or you may face my wrath.

East London is leafy London

It might have a reputation for permanently posing hipsters and a lot of concrete, but east London is one big ol’ park.

One of my favourite leafy routes is from Regents Canal down to Victoria Park, up the Lee Valley Canal, past Hackney Downs, across to Finsbury Park with a last swirl around Clissold Park.

Richmond, eat your heart out.

East is where the green is. We just need some deer.

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