So it is now only 16 weeks exactly until the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014, so the long training journey starts seriously now! It is so scary to think that I have 16 weeks to get my body and my mind ready to take on 26.2 miles. I have followed many running programmes in the past, but this one feels so much more daunting. I really want to get this one right. In the past, I have missed the odd training session here and there, and thought I can get by. But this time, i want to get to that start line, knowing that I have done everything possible to be in the best shape i can.
I read somewhere recently how the start of the serious training means that rest days are actually scheduled, not just the days you can’t be bothered to run – now this scares me. I am going to have to be super organised – I have put all my runs into my diary, but I think Sunday evenings are going to be the time that I will have to add the time of day that the run will take place too. I am going to try and run commute to work, so that I cause minimal impact on my family time. I have booked on so many races to help me with the long runs, but my biggest worry is the nutrition! I have never had the best diet, and often eat whatever is available, because I have too. I know that for me to be able to take on this mammoth task, I need to take the nutrition seriously too. I think I may have to set myself a target each week to help, so this week is to up my water intake. I need to carry a water bottle around with me and drink little and often.
Even though the date of the 23rd December 2013 has been etched in my mind for a while as my start date, I headed out today on a long run. I wanted to run around 6 or 7 miles. After only one and a half miles, I felt awful and wanted to give up! How was I ever going to make 6 miles, let alone 26.2 miles. Luckily, I was listening to the Marathon Talk Podcast, and soon got lost in their discussion and before I know it I was at 5 miles. At the next traffic lights I did have the option of heading right to go 7 miles or straight on to finish on 6 miles. Yes, you guessed it I went straight on! Thats why I need a plan to follow! When I checked the Garmin at the end I was surprised by the time – I ran it a little faster than I have been in recent weeks, without actually feeling like I was pushing it too much.I must admit that I am quite looking forward to trying to incorporate threshold training, and trying to control my pace more when running.
So with the training stepping up a gear, I am also hopeful that my blogging will also step up. My last post was retweeted by the MNDA, I had lots of people read it and commented on it or tweeted me. It was amazing! There is a huge number of people running the London Marathon for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and I am hoping that the more people I get to know via twitter, this blog and our weekly emails we get from Anita, are all going to help me get through this amazing journey I am about to embark on!
So I suppose I’d better go and get organised for next week – Christmas may be very close, but I need to ensure that I still get my runs in! I love the idea of running on Christmas Day – I did think about heading to a parkrun, but I am at my sisters, and the nearest is still a fair drive, so I am going to have to explore the village that she lives in, and maybe encourage a family member out with me! Do you run on Christmas Day?