Sunday, 25 May 2008

I can run but I can't hide.............

................ from the fact that I am not in the best shape for a marathon in 8 days time. I finally got back on my marathon training programme today. Believe it or not, with 1 week to go the programme called for 15 miles at base pace (07:20 to 08:00 - now my marathon pace range). A late night last night (communion house party - modest amounts of Guinness) and an early rise (as Safan has returned to Sunday morning swimming lessons & I'm the chauffeur) may not have been the best preparation but I managed to run 15 miles relatively niggle free. My right calf was still a bit tight (dull ache) and some mild discomfort developed in my IT Band during mile 13. After the run I had some aches and pains (primarily right calf, left IT Band & left glute) as I would expect after a moderate long run but I would have preferred to have had less. The truth is I don't know how I would fare adding another 11 miles on to this mornings run as I welcomed the finish when it came. Mon 19th & Wed 21st 2 x 18 mile cycle Tue 20th & Thur 22nd 2 x 1,500m swim Fri 23rd 2.5 Miles in 19:44 (Treadmill) Sun 25th 15 Miles in 01:54:07 (07:37 pace @ 141 HR) Marahon Training Week 23/24 - 17.5 Miles (ouch)

10 comments:

  1. Still, that's at least one pretty good run before the marathon. Take heart from it.

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  2. You're in great shape and I think you will surprise yourself come race day. As Thomas said, that is a very good training run so it has to instill some confidence.

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  3. This has all the hallmarks of the guy going into the exam who tells us all he hasn't studied and is going to fail (or barely pass) and when we get the results he'll have an A+. Take heart that you'll at least be ahead of me!!

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  4. With a week to go, you're in great shape. Continue your tamper and kick some serious ass next weekend.

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  5. I don't want to lose a 6-pack of good beers (not Guinness), so I'm tending towards backing Thomas in this one.

    But... you never know. You might 'do an Eric' and overtake the Kenyan in the 23rd mile!

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  6. Hi Grellan

    Definitely time to take it easy. You want to get to that starting line as fresh as you can.. of course I am being a little selfish as I would like you to qualify for Boston and do it '09! Absolutely no pressure and just hoping for the best for you.

    You are going to do great and I look forward to reading your post race report.

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  7. Good luck this weekend!!

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  8. Good luck on Monday - I'll be behind you (literally!!)

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  9. Run fast, I'll be thinking of you. All the best, enjoy:)

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  10. Good luck on Monday. Put no pressure on yourself, enjoy the day, you could well surprise yourself. Just run!

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