Sorry it has been ages since I last wrote a blog, have been too busy! In fact work and man cold had made my training go rather awry last month. The experts said that last weekend that I should be banking my last long run. However I havent done a long run for the past month. I tried to do one on Tuesday but could only manage 11 miles - feeling too tired, probably due to another man cold lurking in the background.
So against the experts advice, I did the Taunton Marathon today, as training for London in 2 weeks time. I was very apprehensive and had been feeling tired all week.
This time since my last marathon some 14 years ago, I had technology and accumulated advice to guide me. I decided to try the advice of sticking to my target pace and not go any quicker until the end, something that I hadnt believed would work. So with the help of my technology of GPS watch, lucozade tablets every 15 mins, isotonic drinks bottle, I was very much suprised at the result.
I found myself thinking I am relaxed for the first half of the race. Then I gave the half marathon runners a cheery goodbye as they approached their finish line and I started the second lap.
This second lap was harder as the roads had been opened up to traffic, the supporters had vanished home, and I had to concentrate harder to make sure that I was following the correct route. I stuck to my 9 min mile pace. The last 8 or so miles became progressively harder due to a sucession of hills, and pouring rain in the last 3, but I was determined to keep to the pace. My pace slipped in the last few miles, but I kept running (thinking to stop in the rain would make me freeze to death).
I came home in 3 hrs 48 mins - very pleasing as my aim was to do under 4 hrs!
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