Week 5 marathon blog: Abi

Having lost 14 stone, Abi doesn’t take wearing shorts for granted. Oh and she’s hurt her toe 🙁 Only nine weeks to go!

 

Name: Abi Wright

Goal: To finish in one piece!

Marathon history: First marathon

What I’ve learned this week: Getting on the wrong side of nail scissors can cause problems!

 

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Monday
I had a bit of an issue with some nail scissors this morning, leaving me with a very sore toe. So it turns out toes are pretty essential for running.  I laced up and managed a massive… 0.2 of a mile. Hmmm. Not great but  I look for solutions not excuses, so I got my flip flops on and hit my spin bike followed by an upper body session with a kettle bell and weights. Yeah toe, you’re not going to beat me

While wearing shorts is the norm for many it’s very new to me. When I was 25 stone I never dreamed that one day I’d be able to go out with bare legs and not even think about it

Tuesday
A very fresh and windy 5 miles, followed by a physio session, where I wore shorts. Nothing strange about that you may think but while wearing shorts is the norm for many it’s very new to me. When I was 25 stone I never dreamed that one day I’d be able to go out with bare legs and not even think about it.
Wednesday
This was my cross-training day, love these days so I can mix up the training and kick ass with my weights. I went for some kettle bell action with some sprint interval blocks, having my mini gym at home gives me flexibility as its open 24/7. Most nights before bed I always pick up my 7’s and do a few cheeky reps. Some say addicted I say dedicated!
Thursday
What raining again, really? I had this idea of running in my shorts in the rain and that I did. Hit a nice three mile steady pace run. I’ve noticed my breathing is really improving, I’m now able to manage mega deep breaths!
Friday
Arrived at my friends parked the car and ran to the gym a nice four miles in the bag (toe was bloody painful). Straight into the gym to meet my friend we trained together, even got the boxing gloves out. Variety truly is the key, my body was in shock for sure.
Saturday
Toe had taken a turn for the worst, it was all wrapped up for a spot of lunch looking snug, but I had to wear my flip flops as it was too painful to put shoes on. I could see so many people saying she must be mad, yes I was but the cold numbed my feet so it was win win.
Sunday
Toe intact and plastered up I got off on my way. I had scheduled a longer run but listened to my body, 8 was the magic number. Yeah even I have learnt you can’t mess with your body. It was windy and took my breath away in parts. I’m getting to know some fellow runners I see on route, we don’t say hi, we just do a thumbs up, which makes me smile for a good  five minutes after. When I’m out running I even love it when someone overtakes me, it just means I’m still in the race!
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Next week I will be doing a Q&A session so if you’ve got any questions (I mean any questions) then either tweet me @abiwrightonit, email me (ab_skiwright@hotmail.com) or post a comment on the blog below.

 

Check out how Abi went from 25.5 stone to 26.2 miles here.
Read Abi’s earlier blogs here.

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