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We've been following Stephen's progress over the summer as he trained for his first marathon. Stephen only began running in October 2017 and it has been an absolute pleasure supporting him on his journey over the last year. Read on to find out how he got on at Jersey Marathon 2018.
On the 1st October 2017 I completed my first running event which was a 3K fun run at the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon. This was also the furthest distance I had run without stopping in many years. I made the decision that I would complete the full Jersey Marathon on my one year “runner”versary and I would raise some funds for the Samaritans charity.
This year has been my first year as a runner and it has been exciting. During my first year I have completed 3 x 10k races, 2 x half marathons and a 13k race in preparation to get myself ready for the big event. I followed a beginner’s marathon training plan which I adapted to suit my needs and it was all going well up until four weeks before the marathon when injury struck. Due to the increased mileage my Iliotibial Band decided to flare up. The marathon was in jeopardy.
Fortunately I had a very good physiotherapist who was already helping me at the running classes I was attending for strength and conditioning, which I would recommend to any new runner. It is important to do strengthening exercise and not just rely on running alone. With some rest, plenty of foam rolling and some Kinesiology tape (or magic tape as I now call it) I managed to get myself to the starting line.
I was very nervous on the day and my stomach was like a washing machine however, some Active Root soon sorted that out. My main concern was the I.T band, would it flare up?