Laura's running London Marathon 2022 - Crohn's & Colitis UK

  • 9 May 2022
  • Laura Dutton

Laura's running London marathon 2022- Crohn's and Colitis

Training blog- 1

Hi everyone, I've decided this year is the year for me to take the challenge on running the London Marathon!   After having our children for various reasons my running has dropped from competitive to casual, I've run half's before but never attempted a full marathon, I entered the 2022 ballot but was unsuccessful. So, decided to offer myself for a charity place, and Crohn's & Colitis UK fit the bill perfectly as it's something that is now very close to my heart.  Phil (My husband) was diagnosed in Feb 2020 at the start of the pandemic with Crohn's disease. Due to the timing of the pandemic, and medical advice and information understandably in short supply, Crohn's & Colitis UK provided a wealth of information and a support network to help us through this tough time. You can read my full story here on my JustGiving page.


On a regular basis, I treat many runners in the physiotherapy clinic with injuries/niggles or those just in need of a well earned massage whilst they are training for their chosen sport/event. During the marathon season I am so busy making sure runners of all abilities are able to achieve their challenge and dream by getting to the start line of their chosen event. The biggest challenge is getting to the start line without any niggles/injuries and in good condition. I have met so many amazing inspirational people and with all different goals and running for some incredible charities. This has given me the aspiration of now taking it upon myself to have a go.


I have ran all my life from the age of 5-6 years old with my family. My mum and sister are also down to run the marathon this year too so it will be amazing to join them with my first marathon.


I am lucky to have a running supportive family, an athlete/coach/physio of a sister 'Abbey' who has set my marathon training programme and Phil my hubby who owns Running Form so he can support me with the running gear, trainers and nutrition. He also treated me to a Garmin watch which I have never used to train with before!!


I am following a 16 week training programme designed by Abbey and the first part has involved me building aerobic fitness going on nice chatty runs building up the miles gradually. 


You join me here on week 2 of my 16 week program, and touch wood it's going ok...but there's a long way to go! At  least 430 miles!  So, I started with increasing my frequency of running from 3 to 4 runs per week before the program started.  Then at the start of the program I introduced a spinning session and x2 strength and conditioning sessions each week in addition to the running.  The most important session according to my coach sister Abbey is the midweek quality session usually comprising of hills, fartlek, tempo or intervals. I don't think this is my strong area and have a love hate relationship with these as I hate them at the time, but definitely feel the benefits afterwards. The long weekend runs for me are the most enjoyable, at a steadier pace for longer is much more me, and I have enjoyed taking in new sights and sounds as I build up my training routes with longer miles. 


Today I headed out with coach Abbs who ran rings around me, and hubby Phil on the bike with drinks and gels and general support! It was a steady 13 miler taking in some beautiful countryside of South Derbyshire around Ticknall, Foremark, Milton and Repton. Here's a photo and video from today...




Plus you can also follow my progress on strava 





There is still no cure for Crohn's disease and little awareness of the condition, so please help us by donating to this charity and helping fund projects to combat this destructive disease.

If you would like to know more about the disease or would like more information about Crohn's & Colitis UK please take a look at their website 

Crohn's & Colitis UK are the UK's leading charity for Crohn's and Colitis. Right now, an estimated 500,000 people in the UK are living with a lifelong disease that many people have never heard of. I am taking part in the 2022 TCS London Marathon to support Crohn's & Colitis UK, and your donation can help Crohn's & Colitis UK's mission to improve diagnosis and treatment; to fund research and raise awareness.


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