Saturday, 23 June 2012

Longest yet

Today was the longest training run I've ever done. I've never been one for running the distance before a race so I have never gone over 17km while training when I've done Half Marathons. Today's schedule says 19km. As I may have mentioned, I wasn't quite prepared for this marathon training and have struggled with most of the runs so far. Today though, was much better. I felt stronger and just plodded away to try and tried to keep the pace under the time set by the magic spreadsheet! I came in 2 mins and 40 secs under the required time over a distance on 19.47km. Much happier. 

I have a couple of sessions this week (6x800m on Monday and 11km on Wednesday) before I'm forfeiting next Saturday's 21km to do the Dunwich Dynamo. 193 ish km through the night from Hackney to Dunwich in Suffolk on a single speed. I did it and loved it last year (report is here) and quite frankly, I think cycling nearly 200km is a good substitute for a 21km run.

One thing I noticed on today's run though, I got bored. Is it time to start listening to music or audiobooks again...

Friday, 15 June 2012

Marathon training week 1

Firstly, apologies for the spelling, layout, font and any other errors that appear in this post. It's being written on a phone in the Loire Valley in France which means it may not be up to the usual 'standard'. The errors in the writing and English language are as ever, all mine!
This was my first week of training for the Berlin Marathon and in the interests of honesty, I may be well and truly fudged!
However, all have been completed and have consisted of 8x400m sprints, a 5km and today, a 16km. All designed to be run at different paces, they certainly have been and all have hurt a lot. There is no doubt in my mind, I'm a tad underprepared. SHOCK! I have one plus point.... I've bloody well completed them! In 2 days time, week 2 starts so forgive me but I'm off to find the wine, pate and french bread.