Jim Green, is a 33 year old book designer from Twickenham, and he's also Londonist's official marathon runner for 2005.
Currently in training for the Flora Marathon, Jim is raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, but he's also agreed to keep a diary for us, documenting the ups and downs of a London Marathon runner in training.
And here's his first entry:
So as I write I sit here with my leg up on ice with my first injury in nine weeks of training (that's me in the picture, just before the run that gave me the injury, clutching essential post running grub: a Go Bar).
Annoyingly it’s come right before my first proper race, the silverstone half marathon.
I have injured my hamstring so the physio has said no running until the weekend, only cross training and then a short run on Sunday. So for me the glory and medal of the half marathon are now firmly out of my grasp!...Gutted.
My only solace is that the injury is nothing major and a week or so off the intensive stuff should get me back on the mend. It’s very easy to forget how much this is taking out of me and that I should not overestimate my body's own capabilities, I have been told injuries are common so, as disheartening as it may seem, it is part and parcel of the whole experience.
So what lies ahead for me over the next six weeks or so other than running like a nutter?
Well trying to raise more cash for my charity, catching up on all my lost sleep, eating as much pasta as possible, and inbetween all that keeping up with my second obsession – photography which has been a bit of a struggle to keep on top of.
I usually take pictures most days, but my only free day at the minute is a Saturday and that involves doing other stuff that I have missed out on anyway. So that is one thing that I am definitely missing right now.
I thought I would miss the alcohol too. I am not a big boozer but I do like a cold beer, but over the past month my desire for it has all but waned, mainly because by 8pm most nights I am half asleep in front of the TV.
Don't forget to visit Jim's fundraising page to show your support.