................ 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
2.5 Miles in 19:44 (Treadmill)
15 Miles in 01:54:07 (07:37 pace @ 141 HR)
Marahon Training Week 23/24 - 17.5 Miles (ouch)
I started running shortly after my 40th birthday to train for the "once in a lifetime marathon" (mid-life crisis and all that) and haven't been able to stop since. This blog charts my progress as I attempt to go farther and faster than I have ever gone before.