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Three lessons from my first ‘training’ marathon 2

Three lessons from my first ‘training’ marathon

I’m glad this is rest week (see below). Yesterday, I did a marathon – a proper one with drinks stations, folks in fancy dress and everything. For most of the 12,000 people that ran the Brighton Marathon, it was the end of months of training. For me, it was a warm up for June’s 186 mile Marathon des Cote (MdC).…

Should I do the Brighton Marathon as a training run?

Should I do the Brighton Marathon as a training run?

I’m now half way through my 24 week plan for the Marathon des Cote (MdC). And I feel great. Last week was an intense week (so the coming seven days are about recovery – see below). I ran just over 62 miles, some  on the MdC route on the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast Path in West Wales. I feel so great…

Four weeks to go: Help! I’m slowing down!

It’s official: I’m slowing down, not speeding up. I managed only 18 miles in my three hour run on Sunday. Last time I ran that duration, I did more than 19, and that was in a gale. I know, I know… I’ve said speed isn’t the aim here, but it’s still pissed me off. I feel as fit as a fiddle,…

Five weeks to go: Is a four hour marathon a complete fantasy?

I think it might be time rein in my expectations for the big day in five weeks. I’ve been hoping to get past the finish line in four hours or less, and as my pace has gradually increased over the past few months, doing so has seemed less and less like a complete fantasy. Now I’m not so sure. A…

Seven weeks to go: Handstands and hill training

I’m not known for my grace or agility. So when my brother heard I’ve started doing gymnastics, he howled with laughter and said he’d pay good money to see me falling off a pummel horse in a leotard. If he saw what I’ve really been doing – groaning against a wall, upside down with my midriff exposed as I attempt…

Eight weeks to go: This isn’t a sprint, it’s an ultra marathon 

It turns out I’m not the only one who’s ever wondered if it’s possible to comfortably run a marathon. At the weekend, a runner got in a touch after Googling that same question (see her comment at the bottom of last week’s post). I’m just sorry I couldn’t give her a concrete answer. But it got me thinking. If comfort…

Nine weeks to go: Can a marathon ever be comfortable?

Is it ever possible to comfortably run a marathon? Bear with me; it’s a serious question. See, on 17 April I’m taking on the Brighton Marathon, my first 26.2 miler in preparation for the Marathon des Sables 2018. And I’m making it my mission to enjoy every last step with a minimum of aches and pains. I’m convinced it’s possible.…