Plusnet Yorkshire marathon 2015 review

The short story of this race is that I went with 3.20 as  goal and in classic marathon style was on track until 30km and then my legs went and I ended up with 3.27. I’ll be honest I was quite disappointed for a while, you put so much energy and commitment into attempting a fast Read more about Plusnet Yorkshire marathon 2015 review[…]

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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Plusnet Yorkshire marathon review

I’ve come back from York last week and already started thinking about marathons next year and which race to enter to give myself a chance of a PB. That perhaps is all your need to know about the Yorkshire marathon; a great race in a beautiful city. Running a PB always helps of course, a Read more about Plusnet Yorkshire marathon review[…]

Race preview – Yorkshire marathon

It’s been an odd experience training for a marathon that I’m still not sure if I’m going to be running or not; our 3rd baby is due on the 16th so in theory could come any day now. So for the past 10 weeks of my training I’ve had to stay committed to the plan all the while knowing that it may have been essentially a waste. Although to be honest I quite enjoy the focus of a training plan and my mileage didn’t increase much beyond normal so it wasn’t a great hardship.

Now just 4 days before the Yorkshire marathon starts I’m feeling ready and relaxed. Assuming I do make it to the start line I feel confident in attempting my target time of 3.15, training went really well with almost zero missed sessions and good quality throughout. However I’ve definitely reached that point at the end of a training block where I’m really quite ready to stop the long runs and just get on with the race.

I tried out some great speed sessions which brought a nice variety to my normal runs and hopefully helped me get a little speed back after all that ultra training. I also managed to get 2 long runs in longer than 20 miles which I haven’t done before, I’m hoping this helps when I go through the rough patch I’ve had in my last 2 marathons around the dreaded 21 mile mark. This time I’ll most likely also have my little brother on my shoulder though which is a great motivator to push on when things get tough.

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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.

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