It’s getting closer…

It would seem appropriate that on the day of the London Marathon I update you on my training progress for, the equally prestigious, Milton Keynes Marathon.

With only 8 days to go I’m in the process of tapering training.

Although if you are a regular reader of this blog you’re probably questioning my use of the word ‘tapering’. Tapering suggests that I’ve done a lot of training. I’ve struggled with time and motivation to get enough training in.

Last Sunday was going to be a long run but had signed up to do the Lincoln 10k with the OH – it was her first 10k – smashed it!

So the weeks long run was postponed (yet again) – I’m pretty good at making up excuses not to run far.

Having said that, I did manage a 20-miler on Tuesday. It did nearly kill me – felt a bit ill after, that was accompanied by a bout of the shakes – but I put that down to the fact that it was after a full day at work. Well I’m hoping so.

This was followed by a gentle 3-miler on Wednesday to check the legs still worked. I had no adverse reactions to the long run and legs recovered well.

I didn’t do Parkrun on Saturday morning – I was on babysitting duty whilst Helen and Marie tackled the Peterborough course – although I did manage a gentle 4 mile dog jog in the afternoon.

Which brings us right up to date. This morning I did a lovely early morning run in the sun through the local fields and woods: 9 miles. The last long(ish) run before the marathon. It felt good this morning. Even if I was a tad wind swept.

I’m still not entirely sure where I am in regards of times – I think a sub-4 is probably just out of reach. If I beat my previous marathon time of 4.29 I’ll be well happy.

That just leaves me to mention the charity I’m raising a few quid for…

It is a really worthwhile cause, click here if you have a few quid to spare. Cheers.

19 days to go…

A week since the last marathon training blog post update. Now just to recap: one week ago my longest run was 17 miles. So one week on and I’d imagine you’re thinking that has moved to 19 or even 20 miles. Wrong. 

It has been a dodgy week to say the least. It’s been the last week of the Easter hols and as much as it was a good opportunity to get some miles under my belt, it never actually happened for a number of different reasons: workshop at school, overnight duty with the Samaritans and the never-ending allotment jobs.

Friday was long run day – mainly because I was going to be away for the weekend celebrating a couple of important birthdays with my brother and sister. 

Friday morning I set off, I had a very basic idea of where the run was going to take me. I wasn’t really feeling it, but was well aware that I needed a few more miles in the legs before the actual race. It was a reasonably bright start to the run, warm with only a 15% chance of rain. 

You won’t be surprised to hear that I got rained on. I was at the woods at the time and it actually chucked it down. I soon found myself sheltering under a tree as an almighty storm passed…..

I look pretty happy with the situation and actually I seem quite dry looking. Although I can assure you that I was far from dry. 

This was only about 7 miles into the run. I was wet and cold, so had the idea to run to the gym and do a bit on the treadmill. This I did. Didn’t help. Definitely wasn’t feeling it after all that. Ran home.

Total mileage = 9.45

Always next weekend.

On a more positive note; had a great night celebrating my little sister’s 40th and my big brother’s 50th….