It’d all been going so well. 2 marathons in May, incredibly similar times and some 20 minutes faster than my marathons in 2016.
That was May and I was ready to crack on. A fortnight off extended to a month to include Glastonbury festival.
A false start in early July, saw momentum pick back up in late July, albeit sidestepping any long runs. A work conference in Denver was amazing. Still, plenty of time to crack on.
August saw an increase in mileage, but with only 2 long runs (and even then, *only* half marathon distance, struggling to go further with the hot weather and a mental block at 13 miles).
September really improved. 2x 18 milers, joined with a 15 and another half marathon. Things were starting to take a turn for the better. Then Esme got admitted to hospital and running went out the window.
Then the final opportunity to do a long run. Things going well, and then suddenly at 8 miles in my left calf goes. I hobble/run on for another 6 miles to do 2.5 hours and 14 miles. A calf strain and a physio recommending no running from then until race day – just in the hope it might recover and be strong enough to take on the hills. I’ve run 3 miles in 3 weeks.
Will I make the start line – hell yeah. Finish line – well I’ll give it my best shot. Calf has improved non-stop since last week – if I didn’t have a marathon I’d be tempted to go for a run on it. 5 days and counting. Lets see what happens. At least I can’t blame being over-trained.
Willen Hospice and MK Marathon 2017
In May 2017 I ran MK Marathon and Stirling Marathon. Now thoughts turn to Snowdonia Marathon in October 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.
Many, many thanks to those who have donated so far, it really is appreciated, and really helped out at about Mile 19, Mile 20, Mile 21, Mile 21.5, Mile 22, Mile 22.5….