What a whirlwind the last few months have been! I sit here less than two weeks out from the Berlin marathon. Operation: Rebuild has gone really and I feel ready to give the Sub 3:30 dream a real good go. I must say thanks to my coach Sam at Head Start Coaching. He has believed in me more than I have at moments and has set a plan that has pushed me forward through the last five and a half months.
I haven’t written for a long time and that’s for two reasons. 1- I am not the greatest at getting my words down on paper and 2 – I don’t think I have ever ran so much and so consistently in my life!
The last few weeks have been really tough. Its hard to juggle work, family and running, I haven’t always got this balance right but the end is insight. Training for a marathon isn’t just about the running, its the prep for the run, the post run recovery, eating at certain times, sorting kit, travelling etc. It takes its toll on any one and their family. Luckily for me I don’t seem to have missed to much, maybe the odd family dinner here and there.
My marathon training block has gone incredible well and I am now into my two week taper before the race. When I had tapered for Manchester, it was awful. I couldn’t sleep, when I did, I would have vivid dreams and grind my teeth. It wasn’t pleasant. I have already had one incredible real dream and I am hoping that as I have trained well the self doubt will be avoided and the dreams won’t continue. Its draining, physically and mentally.
So what have I been up to since London…. well, a fair bit to be honest!
I had a come back event at a local 10km and the knee felt so so. I ran 13miles of negative splits at the Derby Half and finished in just under 1.45. I entered a six hour event and clocked just under 24 miles before withdrawing after been sick, it was hot out! I ran the London Asics 10km in 42.17 and felt like I was actually making progress. Ran plenty of parkruns and ran the Swansea Bay parkrun during a family trip away! Plenty of long runs from 13-18 miles. Smashed a personal best at the Kenilworth half in 1.30.29.
Since finishing the London marathon in a rather sorry state, I took sometime and rebuilt. That has lead me to run over 650 miles in preparation. Training has gone well. The thing I find with running is, running is only half the battle. Mentally its brutal. Your lungs are burning, the legs are turning over and the head is questioning your life choices but when you cross that finish line; its brilliant.
I can’t wait for Berlin, the memories are going to be amazing! I am going ro be rocking bib number 20759.
Berlin will be tough but I will be tougher. 29/09 is race day, its almost time to give it everything. See you on the other side…