Yes, yes I know that post title would probably be at home in the Daily mail, I’m clearly not going from zero running to running a marathon in 5 weeks. In fact I’ve notched up 800 miles this year so far so my legs are fairly used to the occasional run. Think of it more as a fine tuning plan, a few tweaks to my normal weeks running to get me ready for the challenge.
The reality has definitely set in about the whole running a marathon thing, but as a good chunk of finishing these things is mental I’ve chosen to ignore that reality.
But I do have a plan which so far has been going well apart from the nicely bruised ankle I’m currently sporting from what turned out to be a very short run on Tuesday. The idea is to keep going with my normal routine of 4 or 5 morning runs with Bracken but mix them up a little in terms of what I do.
I’ll do a couple of easy pace runs on my usual routes which are of course all off road and a distinctly dark in the mornings now when we go out. Then I’ll make at least one other run into a speed session, either with some nice hill repeats or a fartlek style run.
Finally and probably the most important bit is the long run, haven’t done much over 10 miles for a while so every weekend between now and the race must have a long run. I did 11 miles this afternoon in the driving wind and rain, took it easy but still did 7 min 40 sec miles, not bad off road on a hilly route. Even better it felt good, cold legs but other than that felt strong and no struggling at the end. Plan is to up it by 2 miles each week to get above 16 miles before race day.
Now if I can just avoid spraining an ankle again I think I may be ok, although it did occur to me today while running that it could well be cold for the race. Best dig out the leggings in preparation.