A Long Run Into Belfast Tomorrow And My First Run With My Tune Belt.
I’m at that point in the week again where I’m thinking of my long run route!
I’m gonna run into Belfast tomorrow for the first time since my 19.2 mile long run in April 2012. I’m reluctant to make the journey as it involves a lot of roads and I feel on edge about my safety a lot. But it’ll be OK I guess.
It terms of the Paris Marathon, I’m confident that it’ll go well. I was looking back at my long runs ahead of the Belfast Marathon in 2012 and my longest was 19 miles but apart from that I didn’t run beyond 13.1.
This time around I’ve already ran a 14 and a 15 miler and there’s still 8 weeks to go.
Tomorrow I will add to that with another run around that distance.
I’m not following any marathon training regime for Paris. I’m just trying to go as far beyond 13.1 as I can with each long run at the minute.
I don’t care about schedules that say that you must run 18 miles at a certain point of training and then a 20 miler the week after.
When training for the last 2 marathons I could have easily continued past 13 miles on my long run but stopped as the plan said to go no further.
If you’re new to marathon running the important thing is getting comfortable with the distance and disregard any of the ‘peak performance’ shit.
The crucial thing for me at the minute is getting to the point where running 18 miles feels normal.
Running with the Tune Belt
I bought the Tune Belt running armband from Amazon on Thursday and it arrived yesterday. It’ll be perfect for the Brighton Half Marathon next Sunday and any other upcoming races.
I tried it out today on my 8.6 mile run and I forgot it was even there! The velcro fastening is perfect for me as it means I can put it on in no time at all and not worry about it falling off mid run.
I’ll be using it in the next few months for running home from work in Belfast and on all of my long runs from now on.
It can easily fit my Samsung Galaxy SII, train ticket and cash which is all I’ll ever need when running!
The Brighton Half Marathon is only a week away now.
And I’m looking forward to immensely. I have a feeling that I’ll easily beat my PB of 2:07:11 on this run.
I think my time will be in the region of 2:00-2:05. Part of me thinks that I have a chance of breaking 2 hours since the course is flat and fast.
But the aim for now is to just beat my PB!