First of all
Please let me apologise, I have not written a blog post for 2 and a half weeks. I had almost forgotten how to use this thing.
Over half way
Looking over the training programme for this marathon (which can be found here) and the last few big runs I have done, I am now over half way. Weeks 7 and 8 consisted of some serious long runs and I am chuffed to bits that I managed in week 7 my second fastest half marathon distance whilst running with my mate Andy. Last Sunday I hit 14.1 miles (22.5 km) but unfortunately I had to run on my own as a mate of mine twisted her ankle slipping on water on her kitchen floor two nights before (I reckon she was drunk, but I digress).
I met Andy when I ran with Ben Smith from the 401 challenge back in August 2016. This guy is insane, he had never run a marathon, let alone a half marathon and he ran an ultra marathon smashing 28.1 miles on the day. Sure enough, he found our half marathon distance at the end of week 7 a breeze, apart from the odd bit of chafe (he will hate me saying that). We took in the sights of Sefton Park and headed down the waterfront to the Albert Dock and the Three Graces. It was a sweet run.
To top this off, when I posted this on twitter, the man himself Ben Smith got in touch :).
Less than 8 weeks to go
Now that I am over half way in my training, a harsh realisation has hit me. There is less than 2 months until I have to run the fucking thing. The mileage keeps rising (16 miles this coming sunday) and surprisingly I don’t feel too bad yet. I’m wondering, when should I see a sports physio for a massage? The last thing I want is to turn up on April 2nd with niggles.
I am excited about the race, the atmosphere, running with some mates and then the finish (I WILL GET THERE WHATEVER IT TAKES – I keep telling myself), eating some BBQ. They are all the great things. Equally, I am shitting myself with nerves the closer this race gets. I am really dreading the high likelihood of not being able to walk properly for a short while after, the high risk of longer term injuries and decided to fuck off running completely.
If anybody is in town and fancies a long run on Sundays, give me a shout.