Running: Berlin Marathon 2021

The Berlin Marathon is part of the prestigious Abbott World Marathon Major series which currently has six members, including Boston, Chicago, London, New York and Tokyo. You collect stars for each of these majors and when you complete all six you get the biggest and greatest medal of all time. Taking part in Berlin would see me pick up my 4th star after what feels like the longest wait ever since number three in Chicago 2019. Especially when I should have been on five at the end of 2020 (but that is a different story). 

Anyway my road to Berlin was not straightforward at all, in 2020 I had a charity place secured with Alzheimer’s Society and this was rolled over to 2021 when the 2020 race was cancelled. Great, I can just do that no problem. Although there was Covid just didn’t seem to be slowing down with the fact that travel restrictions were not the biggest issue rather than the actual race taking place which was naturally a big worry. Do you book flights and hotels? Still obviously traumatised by the Tokyo experience. It was a tough one, anyway as it got closer the end of July I think I booked flights and a hotel. My flights got changed, mainly due to a smaller amount of flights being available, which became a blessing (maybe) because I could then get a full refund because the airline changed them! Then all UK charity places for the race were cancelled! Through a Facebook group someone posted a link to a competition to win places in the marathon through #RunForJoy so I entered it! 

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Things I’ve done since the London Marathon!

Since the truly incredible experience of completing my first ever Marathon I have since done quite a lot of run related things!

  • New Running Trainers!

The first was to buy some new running trainers, as mine had clocked up a lovely 311 miles (just in running, not counting the many walking miles on cool downs home). So I had been looking at the Adidas Boost collection and instead of forking out £130 and not being sure, I decided to head to an Adidas outlet and lucky enough they had some in and I got a pair at a bargain price of £35 which I thought was perfect to test out and then look to get some more in the future!

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My First Marathon – London 2016

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On Sunday I managed to complete my first ever Marathon I have done the Great North Run five times but this was double the distance and therefore double the test. My panic and nerves kicked in a full week before the race and I was being physically sick. Not ideal preparation for running 26.2 miles when you cannot eat anything. As the week went on I managed to eat more everyday, which was a massive plus of course!

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Type of boots?

A few things which have happened over the weekend got me thinking about the different type of football boots, or that should be more the different stud type in football boots. Specifically for the different surfaces playing on and that we must remember to educate our players about when to wear them!

Let’s face it we are now in a time when so many different boots are around how are parents of some players who do not have a football background know what they are really buying when their son or daughter say they want a certain coloured boot because they have seen their favorite player wearing them on the TV?

Don’t get me wrong I am not having a go at all the different colours and styles available now, as I love getting new boots and have so many pairs in all different colours. I love them! But I also know that you must have a pair with metal studs in for when the ground is very soft due to rain the more winter months. I have always been told by my dad that I should have at least two pairs with me when going to play a game. (He’s not happy with the number of pairs of boots I now have, but hey at least I can say he told me I needed to have the different type of studs.)

So over the weekend I had one of the girls wearing metal studded boots when the ground was rock hard, to make it worse she actually had moulded boots left in her bag in the changing rooms. Doh! That was my fault as I really should have checked before they left the changing room, but that highlights my point in having to educate the players in what type of footwear is appropriate and best for the surface they are playing on.

The introduction of more 3G (third generation) pitches across the country is another factor in choosing footwear. Some players wear moulded boots while others prefer to wear football/astro trainers whilst training or playing on the surface. I tend to wear my moulded boots.

So to my fellow coaches out there, what do you think?