After a 2016 full of PBs at distances from the mile to half marathon, my 2017 has a much narrower focus. Securing a ballot place for the London Marathon means I’m training for my second marathon. And with my form on the up, I wonder what I can achieve? Well, training has started positively.
I had assistance from my coach mentor for my first marathon. I also has the privilege of a training session with Martin Yelling as well as hearing a seminar from Mara Yamauchi.
Since then my own coaching experience and knowledge has increased so I decided to put my theory into practice on my most awkward athlete: me!
My 2015 London Marathon was about taking me from never running more than 13.1 miles up to the full 26.2 and getting across the finish line in one piece. This year it’s about seeing what I can do.
So I’ve assembled a plan that’s fairly aggressive – for me. I won’t go into the details of how I pieced together in this post; that’s for another day.
Despite the cold and icy weather so far this winter I’m enjoying the training, perhaps enhanced by me helping a couple of the club and a couple of charity runners with their own training plans. I feel more enthused by setting a good example!
My first marathon ultimately ended in a 4:04 result which, despite being just outside where I’d hoped, I was pleased to set as my benchmark.
My 2016 performances, and a desire to be less conservative, I’m training towards a 3:30 marathon and so far things have been going well.
Helpfully, a 3:30 marathon means averaging 5 minute kilometres (or 8 minute miles for those who use old money!) which is convenient to keep track of and is nicely comfortable over a half marathon so I’m feeling confident.
My confidence has been boosted by clocking a 17 mile slow run at a nice, low heart rate and at a pace that’s faster than I was running long runs two years ago at the same heart rate.
This weekend saw me combine a 7.5 miles marathon pace run on Saturday with 18 miles slow with a few clubmates on Sunday. Nearly a whole marathon across the two days and, other than slightly tired legs this morning, I’m feeling good.
So 3 weeks down, 13 to go. And I’m loving it!