Leanne Brighton Marathon Sports MassagerWell, that’s what I had written on my arm in permanent marker 2 days ago to act as my personal mantra for the Brighton Marathon 2012.

I’m not so sure I believe in that quite so strongly today as I hobble around my house, walking like an 80 year old, and only able to come down the stairs if I go backwards!

Still, the mantra did work on the day. I crossed the finish line in a time of 3:29:55 , breaking my personal best by 2 and a half minutes, and achieving the sub 3:30 marathon I have been dreaming of for years! Needless to say I was very happy with that and headed straight to the pub for a pint of ‘recovery’ Guinness with my friends.

But it is here that the really hard work begins. I have 18 weeks to go until I compete in the IRONMAN SWEDEN race on 18th August, and although I started my Ironman training back at Christmas time, now I have to ‘up the ante’ and start to put more training in.

The race comprises of a 3.8km swim in the sea, a 180km bike and a 42km (marathon) run. I have completed one of these races before, back in 2005, and been racing smaller distances since, but decided it was time to challenge myself again and see if, at the ripe old age of 41, I can do it again!


I will be training in the 3 disciplines of swim/bike/run and completing 3 sessions of each of these per week so it’s all very time consuming and takes a lot of self motivation and organisation to fit this in around work and everyday life!

I have to be very careful to look after my health, my immune system, and my joints and muscles to prevent/treat the inevitable injuries which come from this intensity of training.

My diet is very important, as are programmed rest days to allow my body to recover.

I also get a sports massage on a fortnightly basis to keep my muscles in good shape and prevent postural tensions from causing further injury.

In between these sessions I use my Aldrah Health Pro Massager to keep me going.

If I’m lucky , my hubby uses the massager on my back for me while we sit and watch TV! But it’s easy to use on my own, and I work on my hamstrings, quads, glutes, calves with it at least a couple of times per week..

So, this week, when I have recovered from running 26.2 miles last Sunday, my longest sessions will be 130 lengths of the pool and a 40-50 mile bike ride, so wish me luck, and I’ll be writing another blog in a few weeks.

Take care. Bye for now..

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