I have been having a bit of a break from heavy duty running due to my chronic cough problem, major life upheavals and a touch of the blues. During the past month I have just been seeing my Pilates guru once a week and doing a Park Run every Saturday. However, I have suddenly realised that it is only 18 weeks till the Berlin marathon and it is time I knuckled down to a serious training plan. Professor cough has sorted my chest out with a combination of drugs-I barely cough at all now. But also I think a break from running has done me good mentally. I was feeling a little stale and running was becoming a duty. Now I feel energised and axcited and weirdly confident that I can do this (by 'do this' I merely mean finish in under 6 and a quarter hours and avoid being picked up by the dreaded sweeper bus). My celebratory tattoo is planned -indeed commissioned, and my supporters are pledged to attend. So here goes. Week 1 of the Ironman son's granny focused training programme starts on Sunday . Wish me luck!