42/80 – It’s London Marathon Week!

I’ve been a little off the pace with updating the blog in the past weeks due to work commitments and some days in the sun in Croatia. I’m currently tapering for London Marathon, which is this Sunday. It feels strange to not have any half-marathon distance runs planned for these days and it will leave me with a few to catch up after the event, but more than sensible to rest my legs ahead of the big day.

An update on the past 7 runs…

36/80 – Temple Newsam Daffodil Dash [30th March]

Another run in the sun! A hilly, tough course, but as with all Grim Up North events there was plenty of home-made cake and chocolate at the finish to be worth the struggle!

37/80 – Treadmill Half Before Flight [1st April]

The day before I set off to Seattle for a work conference, I ran a treadmill half-marathon distance in Reading before heading to the airport. This was the first treadmill distance of the challenge and I forgot my headphones… much prefer running outside!

38/80 – Seattle, Washington [4th April]

Seattle Sean McGibney 80in8

One day to adjust for jet-lag and then I went out around the conference location in Seattle to explore and soak up the sun. The “no jay-walking” rules in America meant it was a little more stop-start than usual, but I enjoyed the run nonetheless.

39/80 – Seattle Treadmill [7th April]

The routes around the conference centre weren’t the best for running (uneven pavements and lots of traffic lights!), so I completed another half-marathon distance on the treadmill before heading home. A huge thank you to the staff at Hilton Hotel in Seatac for allowing me to use the gym.

40/80 – Half Way! [11th April]

On 11th April I ran around Roundhay Park in Leeds to complete the half-way point of the challenge. It feels like a great achievement to get this far after the leg-break after month two, and I can’t wait for the final three months coming after London!

41/80 – Sunny Croatia [16th April]

Croatia Sean McGIbney 80in8

A week’s holiday in Croatia meant that I was able to squeeze in two runs along the coast in Croatia. The scenery was brilliant and I really enjoyed the run.

42/80 – Sunrise in Croatia [18th April]

An early start the day before heading home, I was up at sunrise and finished in time for breakfast. Time to taper…

I will update the blog post-London. I’m really looking forward to meeting the other Dementia Revolution [DR] runners this weekend. DR are on track to raise over £3.5mil for dementia research through this year’s marathon efforts. It’s brilliant to be part of such a deserving and valuable cause.

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