Runs – 4
Miles run – 31.6 miles
Average pace – 9.20 min/mile
Whoop whoop! I am officially back in action. For anyone who read my last post, you’ll know that training was not going well after a bad cold that really took it out of me. This week, I am very pleased to report that I have hit a couple of important milestones and, more importantly, I feel like I am getting my running legs back.
So in terms of firsts, I ran the furthest I have run this week (15 miles on Monday), which helped make this week the highest number of miles in a training week and the first time I have run more than the marathon distance in a week. It hasn’t all been easy…15 miles on Monday hurt for the first time (serves me right for diving straight back into training!). At mile 10, I ran past Westminster tube station and it took every ounce of willpower I have not to jump on the tube and go home. By the middle of week, I was feeling pretty anxious about the whole endeavour.
Thankfully, I have some completely awesome people in my life who gave me just the right little pep talks. Spending time with my friend, Rowena, yesterday at the London Marathon Expo really helped – hearing her training advice and experiences reminded me that I am not in this alone and being with her on the eve of her first marathon – London no less – was definitely inspiring. And it paid off this morning…I ran past Tower Bridge as the wheelchair competitors were going through and the atmosphere was electric! I did 9 pretty speedy but comfortable miles today along the river, in the sunshine, and I remembered that I do actually enjoying running!
I also watched some of Mind Over Marathon this week, a great BBC1 show about the benefits of running for mental health. The show reminded me how lucky I am with my own health and how beneficial running is to all of us. But most importantly, that it is meant to be fun; training for a marathon isn’t really about the 26.2 miles at the end but the journey you go on to get there.
So now I’m entering the race simulation stage…only 2 more long runs to go. Argh! Chatting to Rowena made me realise the importance of fuelling on these longer runs, not just during the run but the day before as well. If I was doing a half-marathon race, I would be fuelling up in the days before and I’m running further than that now. So the next couple of weeks are a great opportunity to practice and work out what works for my body ahead of the marathon in just 6 weeks time.
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