Week Eleven:

Runs – 1

Miles run – 3.3miles

Average pace – 9.19 min/mile

The eagle-eyed amongst you will be asking “week eleven, what happened to week ten?”.  The world’s worst cold, that’s what happened!  Cue an 11-day hiatus from running – well, actually there was a 4-day hiatus from everything and then it took another week or so for me to stop sounding like I was smoking 60 a day!

This came at a pretty bad time for my training – I was about to run the furthest I had ever run before (15 miles) and we are now only 6 weeks or so from race day so there isn’t much time to make it up.  Still, I really do believe it was worth taking the time to recover properly so hopefully I will be back to full fitness quickly.  Even this 3 mile jog was pretty hard work for a delicate chest – turns out coughing and running at the same time is pretty tricky and rather intense work on the abs.

At this point, I am not feeling at all confident about the marathon.  I started out with an (unrealistic) intention to run sub-4 hours, based on a couple of sub-2 hours half-marathons.  Right now, I will just be happy to finish!  26.2 miles feels like such a long way and I am really questioning my sanity about signing up.  Maybe this is a normal part of the process and getting ill is just one of those things.  I just hate not doing things well or not achieving my goals.  I know this all totally arbitrary and nothing bad will happen if I decided to ‘only’ do the half-marathon or if I run in 5 hours rather than 4 but that is completely besides the point!  Argh!

For now, I’m just trying to focus on getting the miles in.  I’m really looking forward to a group run in early May (some of the Uganda Marathon crew are getting together to do a 20 mile training run) – I’m hoping that spending time with the other runners and making some new friends will help lift my spirits.  In the meantime, if anyone has any tips or advice, I’m all ears!


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