Health & Fitness London Marathon training blog

Article Sian Lewis Feb 9, 2012

H&F's staff writer Sian Lewis blogs about her training plan for the Virgin London Marathon.

I'm now on week six of Sam Murphy's running plan, printed in the February issue of H&F.

On Sunday I’ll be running a 10k (snow-permitting) to gauge how well I’m improving.

Since I last blogged I’ve had a few training hurdles to jump. In week 4 my right ankle decided to completely stiffen up, which made training quite uncomfortable. On the long runs it would loosen off after a while but afterwards it was quite painful. To ease this I rubbed my ankle with Tiger Balm Red Ointment (£4.40, 9g;, started taking Vitabiotics Aquamarine Omega-3 Super Potency capsules (£10.15 for 60; to reduce inflammation from the inside out and switched my trainers to the Asics GEL-Kinsei 4 trainers (£150;, which are designed for neutral runners and have more support for my ankle.

My tactics seem to have worked! Unfortunately I’m aching from head to toe at the moment, so I also booked in for a sports massage at Spa & Massage ( They have spas across London and there’s no need to book a time slot, just show up and tell them what sort of massage you want – relaxing, deep tissue, sports or Thai massage. Prices are very reasonable starting at £30 for 30 minutes, up to £90 for 120 minutes. I was pummeled to within an inch of my life and it was the best 60-minutes I’ve had since starting marathon training. Seriously worth doing if you’re training for an endurance event.

I have been experimenting with various playlists too. One of my favourites at the start of training, to help me build up pace, was the AudiofFuel Adrenaline Junkie 2 (£7.99). This playlist lasts for 40-minutes and encourages you to challenge yourself with different speeds and sprints.

I’m running for TeamPB ( and they have lots of celebrities running for the charity this year including BBC Radio presenters, Fearne Cotton and Edith Bowman, comedian, Harry Hill and BBC sports personality, Gabby Logan. You can take a look at their favourite running playlists here.

Here’s Edith Bowman’s playlist:

Editors – Bullets Arcade Fire – Neighbourhood #3
Arctic Monkeys – Dancing Shoes
Bomfunk MC’s – Freestyler
Broken Social Scene – 7/4 Shoreline
Cat Stevens – If You Want to Sing Out
Jay Z & Kanye – Otis
Jeff Buckley – Grace
Lissie – When I’m Alone

If you’ve secured a place for the Virgin London Marathon and would like to raise funds for TeamPB visit or email

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