Blimey is this a witchhunt! Theres some very judgemental people on here, sorry to disappoint but simple answer was I was busy yesterday with work, school runs etc.
I am fully aware of the amount of training needed, hence starting 3 weeks ago, well 4 as I included the great north run as part of my training.
Oh and I agree on the experience on here comment.
Train, train, train, I get it. I presume we all have our own little mottos, or sayings to keep us going on those cold dark sunday mornings at 8am on a bike or running. Mine is Better Never Stops and I always remember this when struggling.
I actually thought in the winter people put their road bikes away hence the mountain bike sessions.
I had lost a stone early on but due to not being able to train didn't lose the rest and since then have put it back on. I am fully aware of my diet and when I'm training I eat well, clean and hardly touch the booze too. I tend to be an all or nothing person, if I'm not training for an event or something or have a purpose I tend to eat badly.
I was overweight at the start to begin with and missed about 12 weeks in total of training due to niggles and injury so didn't lose as much as I usually do, caused by trying to do too much in a short space the time. Usually I start January but have started 3 weeks ago so I can ease myself in and not rush it.
I had an Achilles heel injury whilst training for London and I just fell too far behind in training, got upto 2 mile swims, 20 mile runs but just too much to do so pulled out as I'll only do this once so want to give it my best shot.
I couldn't run for almost 6 weeks, long time in marathon training terms 3 months before the run.