Honest London Marathon Training Diary | 8 Months To Go

I started August with such hope and motivation even though the weather was still hot hot hot.

However, for the past three weeks I have been camped on the sofa for most of my time suffering from a kidney infection. What a pain in the arse! It is hard not to feel a little defeated to have come across a hurdle at such an early stage of training. However if there is one thing I have learnt over the years of exercise, it’s that rest is just as important as training.

So as I write this I am on my third round of antibiotics and am waiting for my body to heal itself before I do any form of training. I am feeling very fidgety about it but I know it is the best thing to do in the long run!

So with my free time, I have been looking up some stats about the 2018 London Marathon to get a little bit of an insight:


  • 386,050 applicants tried out for 2018 race – the most ever
  • 3 hours 48 mins is the average time for male finishers
  • 4 hours 23 mins is the average time for female finishers
  • 58% of the UK applications came from people who have never run a marathon before
  • 45% of them were from women
  • 7,200 runners will write blogs


I love that last point – that thousands of runners will go on to write a blog post about their experience. To me, this means they must have found it to be incredibly inspiring and enlightening, and this is what I hope to experience too.



Have you ever trained for a marathon and have any tips you can give me? Have you had to start training from scratch after illness?

Keep up with my training diaries every month to see how I am getting on!


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