2 Weeks Before The Marathon – My Last Long Slow Distance Run On My Training Schedule Is Complete!
After yesterday’s breakthrough run I wasn’t expecting much from my workout today. In the last runs where I’ve completed speed work on the Saturday, I’ve always faltered on the Sunday long run, especially towards the finish.
That didn’t really happen today and I managed to pull a 16.5 mile run from my ass.
I kept myself sane by breaking the run down into smaller sections and focusing on the calories I was burning at the time.
Instead of worrying about when the wall would hit, I kept positive and celebrated every little milestone that I reached.
It went like this.
5k – great!
5 miles – excellent!
10k – I have now burnt off a Pot Noodle and a packet of Cheestrings!
10 miles – 1500 calories burned motherfucker!
Fortunately the time passed very quickly as I’d hit my stride. Occasionally a car would come up behind me and beep, I’d lose my concentration for a few seconds but fell quickly back into the way of it.
For once I didn’t fight the long run and reaped the rewards.
But this begs the inevitable question..
Have I done enough training for Belfast?
Every time I’ve ran the 26.2 miles so far I’ve had to do the death crawl over the last 10k.
The great thing is that each marathon it has been that little bit easier. I’ve reacted better each time to hitting the wall and I think I stand a great chance of this next race being the best yet.
There’s still a nagging doubt that it will all go wrong as I haven’t ran past 18 miles (if you don’t include Paris itself).
That’s why I’m making an effort to eat better over the next week. I’m not gonna risk gaining tapering pounds again. I want to be in the best position I can be.
I’ve started by eating healthier tonight.
I got home and have had nothing but water and pizza. I don’t want to eat all of the 2,500 calories I’ve burned. This is a classic mistake I made in training for the last 3 marathons.
I’d run 16-18 miles and then feel the need to reward myself by eating too much. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating a successful run, but you aren’t helping yourself by overdoing it. You are undoing your efforts.
Besides my real reward for running the Belfast Marathon is my trip to Stalis, Crete that starts the day after the Belfast Marathon.
I’m cutting back on my excess now so that I can truly enjoy myself then!