As you all know, running is not my thing but I do love a good online party ...
And it will be interesting to attend an official one, as opposed to a squatted rave in an abandoned comments box ...
Since all life is now geared to G's run on Sunday, I thought I'd post here the interview G did for the author of this book, so you can see what he (and yours truly) are contending with.
Greg Kat – marathon storyMy running career started strong, petered out in my teens and then took off again when I was in my forties.
When I was 14, I was the Junior All-London 1500m champion, but gave up running soon after due to teenage angst and a lack of confidence.
Over 3 decades later, I started running again to keep fit and decided to enter the
I ran for Diabetes
I started at the back of the field, where it takes ages just to reach the start line, and refuelled during the run constantly with Lucozade and jelly beans. I completed the course comfortably in 4hrs 33mins 28secs and was happy with that. I saw it as the first part of a steep learning curve.
In 2001 I ran again – this time for a small charity called Equal Weight – and knocked over an hour off my previous time, finishing in 3hrs 27mins 52secs.
The following year, when I ran for the Child Poverty Action Group , I improved my time again – this time to 3hrs 11mins 25secs, qualifying me for an automatic place the next year in the ‘Good for your Age’ category. Suddenly everything seemed possible. I set myself a target. I wanted to complete a marathon in under 3hrs. But then in 2003, when I ran for a small school in north
When I got to the 16th mile I felt fine and would have run past. But the wonderful marathon team were having none of it! The guy ran out into the road holding my number aloft and demanded I stop. When I said I didn’t want to, he ran alongside me and tested my blood!
I met my family and friends on the 25th mile and stopped to tell them what had happened. I completed the course in 3hrs 33mins 51secs. People told me that in many ways this was my greatest achievement yet, considering the circumstances, but I was really disappointed. I was desperate to crack that 3hr mark and had failed in my own eyes.
In 2004 the experience was better. I ran for Kids Out and was back to my previous time – 3hrs 11mins 14secs.
I decided to take a break and didn’t take part in 2005, though I continued to train as well as running half marathons and in other events. I was averaging 60-70 miles per week. Every week. Come rain, snow or sunshine …
Last year I was tantalisingly close to my target. I ran for ALD Life and finished in 3hrs 1min 47secs.
This year I’m running for Refuge , the domestic violence charity.
You can sponsor me here.
Will 2007 be the year I break that magical 3hr mark?
It will be my last opportunity to do it before I turn 50 …