Eyes on the target

This is it, one last push for the year, one last goal to achieve and potentially the hardest of the lot. I’m finishing the year as I started with a road marathon and I’m setting myself a big time goal of 3hrs 15mins which would also be a big PB for me. The Yorkshire marathon is just over 6 weeks away so I’m getting into the key weeks of the training now.

I missed my target of a sub 3hrs 30min at Taunton in April but I think I’ve learnt an awful lot since then and also of course have done a fair few miles over the summer with 2 ultra’s which I hope will help from an endurance perspective. Besides what’s the worse that can happen? I blow up and have to plod to the end? I can live with that and besides York will provide great scenery for the race so there are worst things to be doing.

Given that I’ve done so many slow miles in my ultra training and racing I’ve spent the last couple of weeks focusing on speed and also doing some strength training as I think that’s been a weak spot. I’m also only doing a 9 week build up, I figured the fact that I ran 100km last month means I can dive straight into fairly long runs without too many issues.

I’ve actually been quite enjoying it to, it’s been fun trying to do fast miles again and doing some shorter higher intensity sessions. So easy to get bored when you keep doing the same things isn’t it? Partly why I like to dabble with cycling and water sports to keep some variety otherwise I find it a bit intense.

First long run done

First long run done

I did worry though whether mentally I was ready for another big race build up. The Race to the Stones took a lot out of me and I really needed the break after it, physically I was fine but keeping your body going for 13+ hours takes a lot of mental effort. For me at least the idea of racing every week just isn’t attractive, I think I’d soon get burn out or hang up my trainers for long periods. Which when running is your main relaxation activity is not a good thing.

So I’m ready, I’m motivated and actually quite excited. Time to focus on getting some quality training in and then fingers crossed a chance to see what my body can do.

If you’re training for an autumn marathon or race would love to hear about how your training is going.

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