This week ends on a cracker.
In all my marathons, this weeks long run is always a key training run – mentally, as much as physically, providing some proof that I’ll be capable of running the 26.2 miles come the big day. (Or, being able walk / crawl the last 10 miles if needs be).
This evening I’ve just completed a 16 mile run. Once I’ve got 16 miles under my belt in training, psychologically I feel capable of completing the marathon distance. I mentally work on the notion that I should now be able to run 18 to 20 miles in the worse case scenario and be able to walk/run the rest. I’m obviously hoping it doesn’t come to that – but this always marks a turning point in the training.
The other reason this is a key session is because 10 miles are done at ‘marathon pace’. Getting in tonight and looking at the numbers this looks to have been about 9:20 minute miles pace. With some speed work and another 10 weeks of training, it looks like I might be getting close to a sub 4 hour marathon (indeed the last time I did this session with a sub 4 hour marathon, my splits were about 9:15 min / miles).
With all this good news though, I’m not going to lie – I wasn’t able to run another step once the 16 miles clocked over and ended up walking the last 0.5 mile home!!!
You also know marathon training is getting into serious distances when you have to leave a stash of nutrition on the drive. Which reminds me, I’ve left a gel out there…
Willen Hospice and MK Marathon 2017
In May 2017 I’m running MK Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Willen Hospice, an amazing local charity. I’ll be blogging my journey from here to the finish line. If you’re in a position to make a donation, however small, it’d be greatly appreciated. My JustGiving page is here, or alternatively you can text ‘GBMK50 £3’ to 70070 to make a £3 donation.