It’s a marathon not a sprint

Just over a month since my last post which tells you all you need to know about how busy life with 3 children has been. There isn’t much time spare each day and when there is time the brain power is lacking to get words down on the page. Running wise it’s been fun though, very low key and just running for the sake of running. I think I’ve only worn my watch 2 or 3 times which has been great, nice to just run and enjoy it. I’ve rarely run more than 4 miles at a time but after a busy year of run I think that’s been good for me.

The downside of this low key finish to the year is it’s easy to forget everything that has happened over the past 12 months. 2014 was a big year for me, one of big challenges and one for cementing my fitness after the breakthrough in 2013. The year started with my first road marathon at Taunton in April and of course my first experience of training for a spring marathon. I really enjoyed learning about a 16 week marathon build up and what I did and didn’t enjoy about that structure. I’m intrigued by doing either the Hanson method or Pzitinger plan for my next marathon to see how that different approach feels. I’d certainly like more speed work and high intensity efforts in the plan.

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Race to the Stones – Race review

It’s taken me a few days to recover and reflect on the Race to the Stones and my perspective has evolved over the last 5 days with it. My first reaction on finishing was pure relief, relief to have finished and be able to stop and sit down. But this then changed to disappointment at not being anywhere my time goals and not performing as I’d expected. ┬áNow however I am happy and I’m proud, the time might not have been what I hoped but I finished. I ran 100km which is quite honestly a bloody long way and it’s easy to forget that achievement and get caught up in time comparisons.

A year ago I hadn’t run more than a half marathon, now I’ve finished 2 marathons and 2 ultra marathons not to mention crossing Scotland in a day on bike and foot. I think these moments of reflection are important to our development as runners, the chance to enjoy the achievement and also think about what could be improved before you start focusing on the next goal.

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Race to the Stones preview

This is it, I’m officially in taper mode for the Race to the Stones, still going to be putting some miles in but have dialled back the weekend long runs and now looking to tick over a little. Feeling distinctly nervous now if I’m honest, it’s all becoming a little real and of course the doubts over your training start to kick in don’t they?

Another long run doneI had a pretty good build up though, I stayed healthy and although I was probably a little slack in May at times I’ve picked up the pace in June and got some really good back to back long runs in at the weekends. In an ideal world I’d have done a 30 mile training run but I just don’t have the time to fit it in with family life so went for the 2.5 hour back to back option instead. I also pushed the pace on one weekend to test my legs out a little, felt really strong running 16 miles at almost 30 seconds under my normal marathon pace. That was like getting an instant shot of confidence straight into the blood stream. It may not be the best training for an ultra but confidence is oh so important for doing these things.

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