As a St Patrick’s day treat, this week’s blog post is written in the style of Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City.
Okay, my longest run was over and done with and I had a learnt a lot from it about pace, pain and desire. But I still couldn’t help wonder if 9 weeks really is enough time to complete a marathon training plan. In a city like Saint Louis, with it’s infinite distractions, how could I possibly give myself enough time to get the miles into my legs, taper and be well rested on race day? This week my long run was shorter than the last for the first time since the plan started, but felt no less difficult. As I completed 19 miles in 2h22m – I constantly tried to calculate pace and times for 26.2 miles – time, it seemed, will be always running against us.
Being out of the City for work this week, training was limited and was restricted to the dreaded hotel treadmill. It was there, whilst running hard without moving that my thoughts turned to the meaninglessness of life and how I could only really forget the stresses during and just after running. It seems that happiness is a dish best served tired.
Samantha always says that there are two key factors in determining your marathon success: Time on your feet and how you feel on the day itself. Was she right? Could a seemingly random factor such as ‘how you feel on the day‘ be such an influential factor in your success? Can you change how you feel on the day with diet and proper taper? After another long run, when all you have are war wounds and self-doubt, you have to wonder, What’s it all worth? Why do we keep investing?”. After all, what ultimately defines the success of a run, is just another run.
The only thing that I can say for sure is that when life throws you lactic acid, make use of gluconeogenesis.
This week snapshot:
Monday – Run 7km – 31 minutes
Tuesday – Run 5.4km – 24 minutes
Saturday – Run 30.6km – 2h22m
Sunday – Yoga – 30 minutes
Long run distance by week:
Before sign up: 9 miles (DONE)
Week 1: 12 miles (did 13.5)
Week 2: 14 miles (did 15.6)
Week 3: 16 miles (did 18.6)
Week 4: 18 miles (did 20.2)
Week 5: 20 miles (did 21.75 – Longest run)
Week 6: 22 miles (did 19)
Week 7: 18 miles
Week 8: 10 miles
Week 9: Race day – 26 miles (and 385 yards).