Mrs Gibson's running page
Click here for an animoto of running photographs
Click here for an animoto of running photographs
London Marathon 2008
On Sunday 13th April I completed the London Marathon for the second year in a row. The weather was a lot better this year for the runners - much cooler with some rain. I was not too pleased with my time (4 hours 32 mins) but I did enjoy the crowds and the whole atmosphere. Check out the link to my running blog below to see my full report.

Five weeks later on 25th May I completed the Edinburgh marathon. I was overjoyed to finish in 3 hours, 54 mins and 44 seconds. This meant I averaged 8.54 minutes per mile and was a pb by 28 mins!

Use this page to see how my husband and I train (and how mad we are - especially him), link to other running webpages, motivate yourself or just laugh at the photos. I hope it encourages some people to add a little (or a lot!) of fitness into their lives.

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Ladies - click on the shoes for a link to the women's 10km race in May
Ladies - click on the shoes for a link to the women's 10km race in May
The women's 10km race is my favourite ever race and I have been doing it for about 10 years. It starts and ends by Bellahouston Park in the south side of Glasgow. 10km is the same as 6.2 miles and is run in about 30 odd minutes by the fastest runner (it usually attracts a world class elite and is shown on Sky Sports) and walked in about 2 and 1/2 hours by the slowest. So it is for everyone! It is usually sunny too!

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. How much water do you drink?
A. A lot! A couple of litres a day and much more than that if it is a long run day or if it is very hot.

Q. Who did you learn this skill from?
A. My mum at first, then just learning things by myself for a long time. I now get a lot of information from books I have, magazines and talking to other runners. Now that we have joined an athletics club there are also coaches to talk to.

Q. How many hours a day do you train?
A. If I get it all done, it is about 3-4 hours on a Sunday, 1 hour on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 2 hours on a Friday.

Q. Have you ever given up during a marathon and when did you start runnning them?
A. I have now run 4 marathons, Berlin was the first in September 2005 and I have not given one up before, although I have felt like it!


Click here to ask Mrs Gibson a quesion about her training.
Click here to ask Mrs Gibson a quesion about her training.
I have set up a blog on wordpress for you to read about my training. The link is:

http://mrspacepusher.wordpress.com

This should make it easier for me to write and for you to read my progress with my training. You can also link to it from one of the photos below.

My husband has a blog too at:

http://pacepusher.wordpress.com

We are both running the Chicago marathon on October 12th. My training has been hampered by my trip to Malawi, you can read more about what running I did in Malawi on my blog.

Pacepusher ran the West Highland Way race at the end of June. You have 35 hours, starting at 1am to run the 95 miles from Milngavie to Fort William and he did it in 21 hours and 8 mins.

We have both entered the Highland Fling next April which is roughly the first half of the West Higland Way, running 53 miles from Milngavie to Tyndrum. This will be my first ultra-marathon. I have 8 months to panic!

Men - click on the image above for a link to the men's 10km race
Men - click on the image above for a link to the men's 10km race
This race was run for the first time last June to raise money and awareness for cancer. It is also run around Bellahouston Park and was a great day last year, although unlike the women's 10km it poured the whole way. Don't be put off though! Again there was a wide range of finishing times. See if you can beat Mr Gibson (40mins pb) or Mr Stefani (45 mins pb)!

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. How long was your longest run?
A. That would be the Berlin marathon.

Q. Do you train very hard?
A. I think I train pretty hard considering that I also think I work really hard at my job and it is very tiring to go out and train after that. There are a lot of people who train a lot harder than me, but I fit in what I can.

Q. Have you ever got out of breath and given up?
A. Lots of times! Not for being out of breath though, but for my legs being too sore and tired, or if you do not feel well or something.

Q. How long is London?
A. All marathons are the same so 26.2 miles.

Q. How do I start a simple exercise programme?
A. Any books etc tell you to consult your doctor first so I had better tell you that too! Start with walking and build in running slowly like a minute at a time if you want to run. If you want a more general programme try the gym with varying time on the bike, cross-trainer etc. An exercise programme should have three components - cardiovascular (to raise your heart rate), strength training and stretching. Body Pump classes are great for the strength training as you will be under supervision, it is more fun in a class and you are doing it to music. If doing weights in the gym always get a programme done. Or you can do it at home with tins of beans!
In Troon for a 10km in May - it was freezing!
In Troon for a 10km in May - it was freezing!
Click on the photo go to pacepusher's blog
Click on the photo go to pacepusher's blog
Right after the Berlin marathon - a bit messed up and not happy with my time!
Right after the Berlin marathon - a bit messed up and not happy with my time!
Crossing tower bridge, not long before halfway.  I have ordered this photo. Click on it for a link to Achilles Heel
Crossing tower bridge, not long before halfway. I have ordered this photo. Click on it for a link to Achilles Heel
My mum is a runner and I remember watching her doing the Glasgow marathon when I was only 6. She still runs and does some 10km races and half-marathons with my husband and I. This has been a great motivation for me.

I went for my first run when I was twelve and I got into terrible trouble for it - not for exercising but for falling over and skinning my knees. Not a problem usually but we were going to a wedding the next week and I had a new outfit which came to just above the knees and my mum realised I would have scabby knees in all of the photos!
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Crossing the line at London 2007.  Click on the photo to link to my training blog
Crossing the line at London 2007. Click on the photo to link to my training blog
Running was very off and on after that, I really got into it while living in Vancouver, Cananda and ran my first half-marathons there. I trained for a marathon while there but got injured so could not do it.

My first marathon then came in September 2005 when we went to Berlin. I had been ill and then injured so the training had not gone well and my time is so bad I do not tell anyone. I then trained for Blackpool marathon for June 2006 but got injured again so could not do it.

About 20 metres to go!  Click on it for a link to the runner's world website
About 20 metres to go! Click on it for a link to the runner's world website
The London marathon in 2007 was the hottest ever and so I suffered a bit although I still enjoyed the occasion. Edinburgh five weeks later was great although tough after only a rest of 5 weeks and I got my pb of 4 hours and 22 mins there.

In New York I was really ready to run under 4 hours but illness meant I practically crawled round. Now I am hoping to do it at London or Edinburgh but my training has not got off to the best start.

As I stated above this year so far I have run London and Edinburgh, gaining my pb in Edinburgh.