Winter has been kind to me. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the first day of Spring. My hardest marathon training session so far was strangely satisfying.
Marathon training is hard for non-runners to comprehend. Even harder when you say you’re disappointed because you ran too fast.
Back in January I was asked to get involved as an #extramile ambassador. As a thank you they invited me, and my fellow ambassadors, to a marathon training day led by top coach and Marathon Talk host, Martin Yelling. It was a great day so I’d like to share the key hints, tips and advice to help with your own marathon training.
Marathon training is tough. There’s the increase in mileage, the test of mental toughness, not to mention the dilemma of choosing your race fuel, so it can be easy to forget about hydration. But after reading this post you’ll have no excuse!
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As ever when you’re training for a running event, the weekend is all about the Long Slow Run. Only after I started training for the London Marathon and doing the lab test did I realise that I’ve never run the LSR slow enough! With the distances required for the marathon I’ve had to discipline myself to keep it steady. Today was due to be my longest ever run but it didn’t quite go as I expected.
As part of my London Marathon training plan my coach wanted me to find an early half marathon to really test myself and help inform the rest of my training. I chose the Watford Half, 12 weeks before the London Marathon, and it definitely turned out to be a test!
The last day of Janathon was due to be the first time I volunteered at parkrun. The weather had other ideas. From nowhere, we awoke to a covering of snow which, due to understandable safety concerns, put paid to my tail-running duties. It didn’t stop me going for a relaxing leg loosener before tomorrow’s Watford Half though.
After a busy day at work it’s always nice to get home to a parcel. It’s even more exciting when the parcel is running related. This week I’ve had double the excitement with two deliveries!
Some of you might be expecting the conclusion of my running short story today, especially as the potential saviours arrived yesterday. So I’m sorry to disappoint. They almost got a trial tonight but with the temperature dropping and snow threatening I opted to put on legs instead.
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