London Marathon 2014: The Training Begins

In April 2013 we went down to Mile 21 at London Marathon with the rest of Cheer Dem Crew (the runners of Run Dem Crew who turn into amazing cheer leaders on race day, that’s if they’re not running it of course). We cheered our lungs out, we shouted out every name we could read, tonnes of hi-5s were passed around and some thug tears may have shed whilst watching some of the most inspirational people pass us by.

Cheer Dem Crew

Obviously buzzing off of these vibes and having “running a marathon” on my bucket list I applied to the ballot as soon as registration went up! …the other month I found out that I got a place. Happy, excited and scared. That pretty much summed up how I felt about it.

I guess running in the cold, in the dark and 5 times a week is going to be my life for a while – eek!

I work a full time job and I’ve got “busy season” coming up. From past experiences, busy season means I will be starting work at 9am and finishing work from anywhere between 8pm and 12am, I’ve even left the office once at 1am. It’s a horrible time full of company expensed fast food dinners and sitting in front of a lap top for hours on end.

Adidas Boost

Instead of dreading the training I’m actually quite looking forward to it. Running is my way of getting away from those terrible hours and the stresses of work, so what better excuse than training for one of the best marathons in the world- London Marathon!

I’ve done 3 half marathons, Tough Mudder and two 10kms over the past year so I think I’m in good shape to start training for this. So I’ve decided to write this post to help me set a date for London Marathon training to begin – 11th November 2013 is the start date, giving me exactly 5 months and 4 days.

The biggest challenge for me is to get my body used to the mileage and avoiding injuries. I’ve been so injury prone in the past due to lack of strength in the right places that I can’t afford to mess this one up. Instead of restricting myself to only running, I’ll be doing strength training as well as working on my flexibility just so my running mojo doesn’t try and walk out on me again.

So here’s what I’m thinking:

Monday: Run (AM)
Tuesday: Run Dem Crew (obvs)
Wednesday: Strength Training (AM or PM- flexible)
Thursday: Run (AM), Yoga Flex London 1948 (PM)
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: Long Run (AM)
Sunday: Sprint training (Track)

The biggest challenge for me will be the morning runs. When I was at school I somehow trained myself to routinely be able to fall back asleep in the morning and go into an extra deep sleep when I snoozed – this stupid thing I’ve learnt to do has followed me into adulthood, which makes waking up in the morning one hell of a task! I often sleep through alarms so I have to have a buzzer and radio on full blast to wake me up – that sometimes doesn’t even work. (My friends hate sleeping in the same room as me- I sleep through alarms while they wait for me to turn it off… it never happens lawl).

The morning runs will help me in so many ways – it will avoid me running by myself in the dark, it will enable some kind of social life while I train and it will avoid the excuse of “I haven’t got time” while I do long hours at work. Seeing the sun rise will be a bonus too! I will also continue to cycle to and from work, which helps me with my cross training and keeps my cardio up and my temper levels down (I have no time for rush hour on buses and trains).


I’ll be using strength and sprint training to build strength where I need it to avoid injuries. When I last went to see my physio she showed me how weak my glutes are and how it was affecting my running so it is so important I keep up with this.


Yoga to stretch out my poor limbs from the long runs. I also LOVE yoga – chills me out and we always have fun with it.

Food: Man, I guess I’m going to have to eat a little more sensibly. As you may know it – we fricking love food! We live by our #WeRunToEat hashtag because that is literally what we do and it is how we all started this. I’m going to be eating more complex carbs and following the rule “Frown if it’s not brown” (totes just made that up!). Brown rice, oats and pasta will be my staples. Anything with a low glycemic Index which gives my body a steady release of energy will be perfect. Low fats and lean proteins for muscle recovery. And obviously a lot of treats here and there.

The foam roller is going to be my best buddy over the next few months. I will give an update and the distances I plan to run soon – for now I’m just running!

Anyone else doing London Marathon? Have you started training yet?

We would love to hear your thoughts! Go on mate, Leave us a comment <3


  • Marie says:

    You can do it!
    In 3 weeks, I will be running Singapor marathon with 2 of my friends!
    I am on my around the world tour for 5 months and it has been challenging to find the time to run while traveling but I am taking the time to do it because I love running and running away from home is a dream!
    I am sending you all my support and let’s know how the training is going!
    Take care!

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  • Lou Binns says:

    Kim, you are such an inspiration! What do you do in your professional life? The fact that you manage to do so much (eat great food, work out tons, get a spot on the London Marathon, blog here to name but a few) is blooming amazing ! I want to start a Food&Lycra style blog here in Paris, but working out is not such a done thing here! All the best with your training, I’m looking forward to following your progress. Lou xx

    • Kim Ngo says:

      Lou you’re too kind! Thank you for you comment. There aren’t enough hours in the day, I wish there were more. I work for a Business Services company in the city which means a lot of long hours- especially during busy season and professional exams. Food & Lycra keeps me sane while I go through it.

      Paris is the SPOT for food- we love it! Looking forward to when you set up your blog! x

  • iqbal says:

    hey, kim. is this your first full marathon? glad to know that you have a training plan sorted for it.

    on another note, i’m not really a runner myself but i want to start running though i’m kinda lacking the motivation+fitness to do it. i play sports (football, badminton) once/twice a week but i always got tired after doing 2.5-3K run. do you have any tips/advice/training plan for a novice runner like myself?

    good luck on your training!

    • Kim Ngo says:

      Hey! Yes it is my first full marathon.

      Getting tired after your 2.5-3k runs could be down to a range of things. Try pacing yourself for the first few kms, you may be going too fast and burning out too quickly. Don’t rush into doing long distances too quickly or you may end up with an injury. Marginally increase your kms and it will come with time. Also run with a friend at a pace where you can still talk to each other… before you know it you will be clocking up kms in no time without realising it. Good luck! Let me know how it goes.

      • iqbal says:

        Hi Kim! Hope everything is going well with your training. So, my first 10k race is about 2 weeks away from now and I am pretty excited about it. My longest run so far was 6.7km at 6’11″. And, what would you suggest/advice for me to train within these 2 weeks. Should I try go for longest run(6-7miles) this week and do light runs next week? Thanks for your help!

  • Woah those are some crazy hours you’ll be doing! I’m not doing London but Brighton instead, and it’s my first one too. Yoga and strength training will be important elements of my training, and gonna get right on the morning runs to get them out of the way so I can enjoy these classes in the evenings. My physio also told me I’ve got weak glutes and other issues so I’ve got lots to work on to be marathon fit.

    Good luck with your training!

    • Kim Ngo says:

      Thanks Tess! Nice to know I’m not the only one putting in some miles in the morning as marathon training- this will help me not touch the snooze button!

      Good luck with your training as well!

  • Jasmine says:

    This is great! I am also training for my first marathon – Brighton Marathon – to celebrate my 2yr running anniversary. I am running for a charity and supporting a team of charity runners – we are even keeping a blog of it!

    We are sharing tips, inspiration and trying to meet up as a group for training runs:

    Look forward to following your journey!

    • Kim Ngo says:

      LOVE the group name! “Bow on the go” is awesome- and you guys are from East London too, even better! Will be checking in on your site.

      Good luck with your training.

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