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29/06/2014 – Runfest Wales Marathon

So the best way to train for a marathon is to get plenty of miles under your belt, definitely do a couple of 20 mile runs and make sure you don’t run injured…..Oooops!!!

My last run of more than 7 miles was the Keswick Half Marathon at the beginning of May. While I did do the 190 mile Coast to Coast, this just had a negative impact on my running. My calf’s were so solid from it that my achilles strained too much again and this meant I couldn’t train. I took a week off 2 weeks ago and then ran the Pennine 10k which went very well. So I rested all week again and today ran the Wales marathon at Rhyl.

For 10 miles I was going quite steady and at a good pace of 9:05 per mile. My pace then dipped a little but I was still going well and but for a slow 13th mile I would have been sub 2hours for the first half. Considering its 18 months since I last did that I was very happy. Through the half way I went at which point all the half marathon runners disappeared leaving a long lonely and fairly boring 13 miles to go. My pace was drifting a little but not alarmingly until I hit 15 miles. Then the lack of miles in my legs really kicked in hard. I just couldn’t get my legs to move other than a walk or shuffle. This continued for the rest of the run and no matter what I tried, stretching, taking regular gels, drinking plenty of water, it had no effect at all. The section from 15 miles to 22 miles was just a slog and not a very pleasant experience. But I had expected it and so it was now just about getting home and not worrying about time. the only thing I wanted to avoid was another 5 hour marathon. I had a nightmare in 2010 at the Edinburgh Marathon finishing in 5h 01m and I swore that day Id never go over 5 hours again. This came close but thankfully after mustering up a bit of energy I ran the whole of the last mile to finish in a time of 4hrs 56mins 11secs.

So thats Marathon number 8 in the bag on my target of doing 10 before my 50th birthday next June. The next marathin is Loch Ness in September with hopefully London being the tenth next April. In the meantime its a week of rest as the legs are really battered, then 2 weeks today its the Windmill Half Marathon at Lytham St Annes and defo a sub 2 hour run is on the cards.

Just an extra note to mention 2 mates that also ran today but in the Half Marathon. Paul Taylor did 2h 04m and Mark Duerden ran a new PB with a fantastic time of 1h 43m. Well done lads.

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