WOW, when I completed my 1st half marathon 3 years ago, I felt jubilant and needed to recover for at least a week. If you had told me that in 3 years time I would be running a minimum distance of a half marathon each week consistently for 13 weeks, and training for a marathon, I would have told you that you were insane and from another planet.
Well who would have thought that with the ‘baby steps approach’ from running a minute and gradually increasing it, I would have been able to achieve this. Not I.
You see as a kid watching the London Marathon on the telly, I saw the elite athletes sprint the distance, some of them not even breaking a sweat. Then there were the army of runners, that followed in their footsteps, the ‘ordinary people doing extraordinary things’. I remember it as if it was yesterday, willing the people on, cheering from the couch, and having tears in my eyes as they crossed the finish line…… And in 2 weeks time this will be me too
Training this week was a lot lighter than previous weeks as the running taper was well and truly underway. Tuesday, I was down at the local track for sprints training for 6 x 800m. It took a couple of circuits to get into it and it’s amazing how by running faster, I feel that my form improves. I also play a mental game with myself, imagining that I’m elite athlete training for a race running around the athletics track.
Friday’s run was a 8km run around the local neighbourhood. I had a rough course in mind, and thanks to my Garmin 606 I was able to track my speed and how far I had gone and extend the loop. I wasn’t anticipating it to be as hilly as it was though, however as I now love hills, it was all good.
My appetite has been through the roof this week, I don’t know what that’s about. Still eating sensibly and healthily, if not more often. Maybe my subconscious is thinking it needs to ‘stockpile’ calories for the Big Day. Hmm just going with the flow of it, and tuning into my bodies needs.
My biggest challenge in next few weeks, is rest and keeping my mind occupied so it doesn’t go in a tail spin about the marathon…. all good.
Well for my last half marathon distance in this training plan, Mother Nature certainly put on a show. Not only was the temperature up in the 20s, a lot higher compared to recent weeks, but many local towns were given gale force wind warnings. Needless to say this morning’s run, felt like running in a wind machine, being pushed backwards and sideways when I was running up hill. I’ve never experienced a 360 degree wind before on a run, it was definitely up there with one of the hardest runs I’ve done. Now for recovery.
2 weeks and counting