Running Over 100k In The Same Week I Finally Went Sub 2 Hours In The Half Marathon
There you have it, I managed to run 63.28 miles (101 kilometers) over only 5 runs this week.
My last big week was almost a year ago when I was unemployed and covered 62 miles in 8 runs. To run 101km in 5, shows that I’m becoming stronger.
The run itself today was a real fucking battle. I knew I had to run 13.09 miles to record a 100k week.
Once I’d hit that, I just tried to keep going on for as long as possible. By 14.2 miles I was almost on the ground due to exhaustion. I’ve never felt that tired after a long run.
I’m aware that I’m at risk of injury if I try to repeat this sorta week regularly. That’s why I plodded today. I didn’t want a repeat of the week where I ran 3 half marathons in 5 days and ended up with shin splints.
Thankfully I’m totally uninjured. Now I’m resting until Wednesday!
Still on a high from Rock N Roll Dublin
Ever since Monday, I’ve been riding a wave of positivity.
This time last week I was sitting in my hotel room in Dublin thinking of excuses I could make if I didn’t go sub-2.
There’s nothing you can do really on the night before a race in terms of conditioning your legs.
You’ve already ran all the training miles and you’re aware of your limits. It all comes down to your mindset on the day.
It’s not a great feeling. You tend to brood on all of the bad runs and forget the good ones.
That’s why I want to spend the next few months running well. I want to continue to lose weight and to run further, faster and easier.
Only 11 weeks until the Dublin Marathon….
I don’t want to be shitting myself on the eve of the Dublin Marathon.
There is no room for complacency this time.
In my Paris Marathon schedule I made the mistake of leaving all of my long runs to the last 8 weeks, thinking I had more than enough time to peak with a few 20 milers.
I managed 2×18 milers, 1×17 miler and 2×16 milers and it wasn’t enough.
Each of my long slow runs were miserable experiences. I’d hit the wall at 13 miles and want it to end asap.
There’s no time to waste!
The problem with marathon training is that one moment race day seems to be in the distant future and then BANG! It’s time to taper motherfucker!
That’s why I’m not gonna have any regrets in Dublin or Vegas.
I don’t have to run perfectly in every run up until then or eat perfectly, but I can make steps into making the process easier. I’m still recording all of my food and drink choices over on MyFitnessPal and I’m down to 204lbs.
Sub 200lbs by the end of August is really very possible now.
I’ve just gotta keep the momentum up!