Earlier in the year, when Manchester Marathon was cancelled along with all other races, I assumed I would not be running a marathon in 2020. Well that was a sensible assumption, until I had a crazy half an hour on a road trip to Scotland.
When London Marathon announced that they were hosting a virtual race a few weeks back, I remember looking. I wasn’t sure if the race was open to anyone, or just those previously entered. When I couldn’t find the link I assumed it was the latter.
Then as I scrolled through Instagram Stories, I saw that Emma (@thephdrunner) was entered. Stupidly I sent and asked how she entered. Emma then very kindly sent me a link. Obviously that meant that I HAD to enter. When will I ever learn??? Emma it is entirely your fault .
So a crazy 30 minutes means that I now have 26.2 miles to run (with a lot of walking) in FIVE WEEKS! That means my training is needing to ramp up. Obviously I have run marathons before (read here, here and here) but I think this is going to be a very different experience!
So this week I used InstaSays to ask what everyones favourite training session was. Below are the responses.
6 x 1 mile at marathon pace. When you get it right 😂
Sunday long run, it’s the victory lap of the week. Time to just enjoy some steady/easy miles.
Speed work 🤗 🥵
2 mile warm up, 5K tempo pace, 2 miles cool down. Longish run, but a bit in the middle to push yourself 😊
I do like a bit of intervals (which I haven’t done for ages)!
Does rest day count?😂 🤣
Are you running the Virtual London Marathon? Let me know below. If you have signed up late, let me know what your training is going to like. I am planning a run/walk strategy, would love to know what your race day plans are too.