This time last week I blogged about how an old school friend had talked me into possibly having another go at the London Marathon. Now 7 days have passed I thought it was time for me to look critically at what I’d achieved this week. In essence I aimed to raise my training to five runs totalling 32k (20 miles) a week (Sunday to Saturday) in preparation for the tough Runners’ World 16-week schedule I plan to follow after Christmas in the weeks leading up to the race.
I’m pleased to say that I did complete five runs. I was far too tired and stiff to run on the Monday after Sunday’s 11.5k around Richmond Park but I did run Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sadly I only managed 28k (17.5 miles) so I’m going to need to make the mid-week runs a little longer but I’m happy with that as a first week.
So what else have I done in preparation? Well I’ve subscribe to Runners’ World again as I feel the articles in there may inspire me to run on days when I don’t feel up to it. I’ve bought some new running shoes from http://www.sportsshoes.com who I have to say were very reasonably priced (almost half the price I would have paid in a high street shop) and delivered the shoes the day after I ordered them. I’ve also lost some weight (with the help of http://www.myfitnesspal.com) as I figure the less strain I can put on my ageing joints, particularly my knees, the more likely I am to get round without injury.
So at the moment I can say that I’m still ‘on’ for an attempt at the 2015 London Marathon.