Marathon Monday #2

Remember the old sticker charts you used to get at school? When you did something good, you got a gold star. Well, I am awarding myself a Gold Star for Marathon Monday #2. No skipped training sessions, 100 miles in 2 weeks, 1 race. My perspective switched, I started to break up each session, finding running partners, different routes. Got lost a few times, but that’s all part of the fun.

Although some new bright and colourful socks also helped!

Marathon Monday #2

Pre first race of the year kit layout. Laying the kit out is key to a good race.

Marathon Monday #2

 

If you have ever done a race in the UK, you will be all to familiar with stuweb. Post race you always (or rather I do), sprint over to the van/tent, enter your number and wait to see your official time. I was over the moon with a 1:46:29 in the half, although like the Great Scottish Run not an official half by my watch. (I was at 13.03 miles.) Considering I had done 38 miles in the week before the race and the fact the course was oh so hilly I was so happy.

Speaking to my Mum after the race and we were talking about how my attitude to running/ability to run has changed. In my first half, Great Scottish 2015, I ran a 1:53, with very little done the week of in a tapering week. Fast forward a few years and here’s me on none fresh legs, on a more difficult course, beating that time. Amazing how hard work, stubbornness, many soggy miles causes you to improve.

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Post race lentil soup to warm up, much needed.

Marathon Monday #2
Total training distance – 201.5 miles in 5 weeks. 101.3 has been in the last 2 weeks!

Marathon Monday #2 - Training Log