4 Marathons Planned For October & November. Now All I Need To Do Is Stay Injury Free!
I’m in a state of panic and wanky introspection at the moment. Most of this was brought on by the fact that I left all of my clothes apart from a pair of shorts and my London to Brighton race t-shirt in the laundrette and he closed early, meaning I might be fucked for work tomorrow.
I could always come into work in my pyjamas and pretend that I was abducted by Jesus in a U.F.O overnight.
I’m feeling very uneasy at the moment.
I’m even back to listening to Radiohead. I think I listened to nothing but Pablo Honey for 2 months in 2009. It isn’t even a very good album. But I always associate that band with that time.
I’d just sit in all weekend listening to Thom fucking Yorke and prank calling hotels in England.
It’s been a week of zero miles.
I’ve taken this week off running as I’m still worried about this left leg.
Normally I’d harass Running Physio Tom Goom on Twitter for some free advice on what the fuck’s wrong but I think I’ve convinced him that I’m a complete fucking weirdo what with my constant references to wanting to buy a life sized cardboard cut-out of Arsene Wenger (not to fuck, just something that I have looming over my bed like a bird of doom for those lonely nights)
Anyway I want to talk a little now about my upcoming marathons and my hopes.
Munich (8 weeks away) sub 4:20
I’ve been here twice before and loved it each time. I’m hoping to really break my personal best of 4:23 here and prove to myself that maybe a sub 4 hour marathon is possible.
Amsterdam (9 weeks away) sub 4:30
For some reason I associate Amsterdam with watching football. There’s something quite enchanting about sitting there in a pub off my head and staring at the lovely green grass.
I think it’d be foolish for me to anticipate a personal best in this one. I don’t want to get all fucked up like Paris though. That race was shit and I regret acting like a cunt.
I want to easily beat 4:30 here. If I can’t do that at this stage then I’m fucked really.
Dublin (10 weeks away) sub 4:10 but if I don’t get sub 4 I’ll be devastated
Dublin is a real chance to set a personal best.
Last time my preparations were less than ideal. I remember being bummed out the night before though because of Lou Reed dying.
Plus some shitty EuroSpar in South Dublin charged me £3 for a packet of chocolate chip cookies.
Las Vegas (13 weeks away) sub….ENJOY THE FUCKING THING.
The race was quite painful for me as I enjoyed myself too much over the course of the 10 days, but without that entire experience I wouldn’t be in London now.
My problem last time was that I set out much too fast at the beginning and got hurt at about 9 miles as that part of the course is so dark.
I reckon if I set out at a sensible pace then I can finish strong and actually enjoy the city after the race.