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By Louise Henderson

18 March 2016

So the past few weeks I've been busy at work and my runs have been slotted in when I can!

I have been attempting to follow the Hal Higdon training plan, although not always running on the days I should.

I have been up and down the Western Isles over the past month, so there's been no chance of getting bored with the same runs!

The island of Barra has one road running around it - a perfect half marathon route, which I squeezed in before a shift! It was blowing a gale on the north of the Island, but I was committed to doing the loop by then (the Barrathon is in June, it's a fantastic event).

Whilst in Uist - which is so flat, and the wind hits you no matter where you go - I managed to squeeze in a few shorter runs. It's just a case of following the single track roads and see where you end up! I love exploring new places and running is the perfect way to do some sightseeing.

It's a good thing I don't mind running on my own, I never know what Island I will be on week to week!

After my 19-miler, I went for a sports massage, it felt amazing, but I was feeling really tired the following week.

I debated going over 20 miles, I felt things had gone well and I didn't want to pick up any injuries. But feeling there was still plenty time to taper I went for it.

My 20-mile run was a solo out and back on the Pentland Road that runs through the Isle of Lewis. As I turned to head back, I was wishing I had done a point to point - it was mental torture! But I had a steady, even pace and it gave me a boost of confidence for London.

The following morning I was woken by the postman, it was my shiny new adidas running kit. I can't wait to get down to the track on club night!

The taper has now began and final kit preparations are complete! My bags are already packed and we don't fly until later this week!  

I'm a bit excited about doing some London sightseeing and picking up some well-earned bling!

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