Today I Ran 15 Miles On My Long Slow Distance Run. I’m Disappointed As I Needed To Run 18 Miles For Paris.
I did not learn my lesson from last weeks dissapointing long run.
Again I went out on Saturday and ran too long and at too high a tempo, leaving me with little in the tank for the long slow distance run today.
I ran 15 miles instead of the 18 I wanted.
And now I only have two more Sunday long runs before the Paris Marathon itself.
Once again I feel like I’ve fallen behind schedule in training.
All is not lost though, here are my long runs so far in 2013.
I’m intrigued by the 17 miler in particular….
Looking back on a missed opportunity.
It’s strange how strong I felt on that run. I remember thinking to myself that I could have continued on for longer.
I wish I had that extra little bit today. But I didn’t. By mile 15 I just wanted to stop.
Whenever your legs are feeling strong it’s important to act on it and let them carry you as far as they can. You can’t take it for granted that you will always feel powerful.
You’ve gotta sieze the opportunity whenever it arrives, because on your next run you might feel like shit.
But I’m glad that I’ve had 2 difficult long runs in a row.
Last April I had an amazing 19.2 mile run just 4 weeks short of the Belfast Marathon.
After that week I made the error of switching off from my training and started fucking around too much. I felt too confident ahead of the race when I had no grounds to.
I’d only ran further than 13.1 miles once and that was the 19.2 mile run.
Now I know that I’ve got an uphill task to be fit for Paris.
It’s essential that I record a greater distance next week.
Here’s how I can do it.
- I need to pick a long run route that isn’t so dangerous. I have to cross about 5 main roads over the course of the run and it leaves me feeling tense. This has a negative impact on my form and I start dreading sections of the run which then damages my confidence.
- I’ve gotta focus more on distance over speed. I can achieve this by reducing my fartlek runs to 1 a week instead of 3. I need to concentrate on progressing past my mental block at the 10 mile distance on my shorter runs.
- I’ve gotta stop being so negative. My inner dialogue was incessant today with calls of ‘STOP! ‘ and the like. These thoughts are wearing me out. The only relief I had from all of the negativity was when a cyclist started chatting to me about running. Time seems to go by so much more quickly when you have someone with you. He only stayed with me for half a mile, but it was over in a flash.
- I’m toying with the idea of reducing my number of weekly runs from 4 to 3 and running over 10 miles on each of them. If this means that my weekly mileage drops below 40mpw then so be it. Weekly mileage isn’t gonna help me as much as distance on single runs. I’m training for a marathon, not a “let’s see who can run the furthest over the course of 7 days” contest.
- I need to bring more isotonic drink with me. A 500ml bottle of Lucozade Sport is not enough fuel for a three hour run.
Hopefully by taking these steps, next week’s run will be much more positive than today’s.