57k this week. 3rd Feb 20k 4.48/km 4th Feb 5k walk. 5k Run 4.57/km 5th Feb 10k 4.33/km Average HR 155 8th Feb 19k 4.53/km

51km the previous week, no long run:

27th Jan 10k 4.52m/km 29th Jan 17k 4.42m/km 30th jan 10k (3k warm up with 7k tempo @ 3.58m/km) 1st Feb 14k hills 4.47m/km

How could you not want to run a marathon?

This was the state of my feet at the end of the London Marathon 2013. I'd had one blister in February after wearing the wrong socks on a 10k run. My fault and one not to be repeated so fitted, double skin socks for me from now on.

The marathon blisters were another story. I had switched shoes about a month before the marathon. I felt I had broken them in ok and had done at least 50 miles in them of varying speeds...maybe not enough? The only other difference was that all my training runs were in temperatures between 0 and 8 degrees but apparently on Marathon day it peaked at around 20 degrees - it was certainly hotter that anything I'd trained in.

I could feel the hotspot coming on to my right toe at around the 8 miles mark. At this stage on a training run you should ideally stop, check your socks aren't bunched up, re-tie your laces and treat the hotspot with a cream / ointment / powder or tape before it develops into a blister. On the course there were plenty of St. Johns ambulance volunteers ready to hand out vaseline to runners but I didn't feel like stopping to take advantage of it.

I can't say that this was responsible for my decline at the end of the race but I'm sure they weren't PEBs (performance enhancing blisters). Official stats for the last 7km show I overtook 12 people but got overtaken by 500 definitely going backwards! This year with better pacing and hopefully better luck in terms of blisters I hope to reverse that stat.

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