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London Marathon – double digit miles

Posted by DarrenG on December 02, 2012

Eight weeks in and, spurred on by my 8-mile long run last Sunday, I decided early on that I’d have a crack at running 10-miles this week. The mid week runs were a three miler and two 4 milers and all were relatively slow paced which was annoyed me a little as I feel like I should be capable of running  a little faster on the shorter runs by now.

With a party to attend on Saturday evening I decided to attempt the 10-miles on Saturday rather than Sunday. The thought of trying to run my longest distance yet with a hangover was not enticing!  Saturday would also be my first alcohol since October having agreed to join a friend in a month of abstinence, so the beer was likely to have more effect than normal (and it did!).

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Week 7 – 2013 London Marathon – mile building

Posted by DarrenG on November 25, 2012

Clean forgot to post a status update for week 5. I didn’t miss any runs I promise but, apart from the list of runs in Garmin Connect I can’t recall anything worth telling you all about, apologies!

However, this week has been very positive. I managed to beat my 5k PB on a 4 mile run on Thursday and decided I’de shoot for 8 miles today.  I plotted a 4-mile out and back course through a local estate and this morning set out with drink bottle in hand. And then I returned because I;d forgotten my GPS watch, and then for the third time returned because I’d left the drink bottle!

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Week 5 – 2013 London Marathon – running blues

Posted by DarrenG on November 13, 2012

A decidedly mixed bag this week with a mix of highs and lows where the running is concerned. The first run of the week was three miles on a one and a half  mile out and back course. The plan was to run out at normal pace and then try and run the return leg faster. But I cocked it up and ran way to fast on the outward leg and couldn’t beat that pace on the return. Still, it did result in a pace of 10’09″/mile, my fastest so far.

Thursday was an unremarkable four miles as was Friday’s three miles and then on Sunday I decided to try and add another mile to the long run , taking it up to seven. Whilst I completed it, I wasn’t a pretty sight when I made it home and my legs were decidedly wobbly. Still, my Garmin watch tells me I managed my fastest 5k in the first half of the course and my fastest 10k (by virtue of it being the first time I’ve run 10k’s!).  But I felt really nauseous afterwards, possibly a little dehydrated?

Whilst it’s quite an achievement for me, seven miles is, as someone was kind enough to remind me, only a quarter of the distance I shall have to run on the big day. That suddenly made this all seem a lot more daunting than it had before. For the first time I’m wondering how the h*ll I’m going to build up the miles if I’m struggling at a mere seven!

I’m running the 2013 London Marathon in support of the National Autistic Society. See my fundraising page here

Week 4 Training Complete – 2013 London Marathon

Posted by DarrenG on November 05, 2012

Just a quick update this week, I’m still working to build up my pace and general fitness and, slowly but surely, I’m starting to see improvements.  My pace is noticeably increasing and I can feel that I’m running faster now which is great.

Back in the summer when I was running the couch to 5k program I was close to 13:00/mile pace. That had improved to 12:00/mile when I started out on the marathon training and now, four weeks in I’m running a consistent sub 11.00/mile and my best average pace so far was 10:15/mile over a three mile course.  If I can get my pace below 10.00/mile and maintain that for a marathon distance then I’ll be over the moon.

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Week 3 Training Complete – 2013 London Marathon

Posted by DarrenG on October 29, 2012

Week 3? Where did that go? Not a great deal to report, I’ve stuck to the training and added 17 miles to the odometer which is all good. The more miles I cover, the better used to it my body gets (or so all the stuff I keep reading assures me!).

I’m still finding each run to be a very mixed and unpredictable bag. Some days I go out and find my pace is quite fast and I’m loving it, other days I go out and my pace has slowed again and I’m finding it hard going. It doesn’t seem to be related to tiredness or energy as far as I can see so who knows what the cause is.

I find it takes me 20 mins or so for my breathing to settle down and for me to settle into a rhythm and this seems to be perfectly normal. The new running shoes have been great and the only side effect (that I think is down to the change) is aching knees. Hopefully this is down to the readjustment they are causing to my gait and the aches will settle down in time.

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