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Tribesports User of the Week: Laura N!


Posted by Laura N on 19 April 2012 at 8:00 AM

Congratulations for being User of the Week, this must totally overshadow your upcoming marathon as the best thing that will happen this week! So how are you feeling about the Virgin London Marathon? Last-minute nerves or cool as a cucumber?

This definitely overshadows the marathon on Sunday :)

The nerves have started to kick in a little, but that’s only natural and I don’t think it’s a bad thing having a few nerves! I’ve been really nervous on the morning of my last two 20 mile runs and I exceeded my expectations in them. I’m slightly fixated on the weather this week, every marathon I’ve done to date it’s been 20 degrees plus, so I’m hoping for cool and wishful thinking dry!

As a seasoned marathon runner (5 under your belt already) what advice would you give to a first timer?

I know it’s a really easy thing to say but enjoy it! There will be points that you no doubt wonder why on earth you’re doing it but focus on how well you’ve done, knowing you’ve got all the training in the bag and just keep on going. I love London because the crowds are amazing (they really do help you) and you generally know some landmarks so you can tick them off the list as you pass them. I also got told once not to focus on how many miles you have left but to break it up into what seem like manageable chunks. So at 20 miles when you think ‘really, another 6 miles’, no it’s just a 10K and a 10K run just doesn’t sound as bad! 

And finally, have your name on your running top so people can shout out for you, that really helps you keep going!

What’s your target time for Sunday or are you keeping that under-wraps until you cross the finish line?

Now I’ve kept this one to myself really as I’ve always gone for a time before, declared to the world what I’m aiming for and then missed it and been really disappointed. So you’ll have to wait till Sunday when I’ll post my time on Tribesports. Training has gone really well though and I’m running faster than last year so I’ve just got to keep fingers crossed, not get too exited in the first few miles and keep my pace slower!

Great to see you’ve already completed 5 organised events in 2012, what were they and which was your favourite?

Since the start of the year I’ve completed: Fred Hughes 10 miler, 2 x cross country league events, Race your Pace Half marathon, Gade Valley Harriers 12, 17 and 20 mile training runs, Silverstone Half Marathon and Oakley 20!

My favourite has to be the fantastic training runs Gade Valley Harriers (the running club close to where I live) host on the last Sunday of January, February and March. They’ve been running them for years. They cost just £5, are fully marshalled with water stops every 4 miles and a jelly baby stop with 3 miles to go! The marshals are the nicest people and really encouraging and at the end, waiting for you after the long run is tea and cake! Fixating on cake at the end has certainly helped me on a few occasions!

In terms of training, which Challenge do you think has helped you most and which has been your toughest to complete?

The two challenges that I think really set me up for this year were Run 1,500 miles in a year and Run everyday in December. It kept me focused on my running through the last 3 months of 2011 and I feel I started 2012 fitter and running faster than before. 

In terms of the hardest challenge, I really thought it was going to be No Coffee for a Month but over 3 weeks in and it hasn’t been that bad at all. I think the hardest for me must have been 100 crunches a day for 14 days, just because of how many occasions I forgot to do them and had to start the challenge again! 

Which user makes your day on Tribesports?

There are so many inspiring people on Tribesports that it’s difficult to say. Having to make a choice I’d say:

@theplodder, @climbingpanda and @nikos are all so supportive, have great advice and are truly inspirational with all they’ve achieved. 

What’s your favourite inspirational quote?

It’s really hard to choose this as there are lots of great quotes people have posted but I think my favourite has to be from Lance Armstrong:

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever."

That and ‘Finish what you start!’

a will be sporting her favourite purple trainers on Sunday so when you see them speeding past give her a big cheer!