Reality Check!

After the log runIf anyone ever tells you that training for a marathon is easy: DON’T BELEIVE THEM because it isn’t!  After around two weeks of almost no running due to illness, I ventured out to do a “long run”.  Because I wasn’t really sure what I could (or could not) do, I chose a route where I could bail-out if things got too tough.   In the end I was pleased to achieve 13 miles, but given my marathon training programme has me down for 17 today, it goes to show what two weeks off can do to you.  And, it was SO HARD!  It demonstrated to me that when you reach a certain level, you get tricked into thinking that a 1/2 marathon distance is no big deal and then you find out it is!

Forget the time, running a Marathon is an awesome undertaking and today reminded me of the reason I first decided do try, which was to understand just what it takes!  That moment was just as I finished my first half marathon in Leeds (2008) when I thought “how is it possible for anyone to run a single extra step, let alone carry on and do it again?”.  When I finished doing 13 miles today I remembered that moment.

Right now, my goal for London is to get round and there is no shame in that.  My method is to keep my cool and do the training, take the advice of the physio (who I see again on Friday).  Remember, you can make plans but sometimes life throws the unexpected at you, when it does you can’t fight it but you can adapt and as for me, I’ll just get on with it.

Long run

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Author: richardmann55

Deacon at Rothwell Baptist Church, IT Solutions Architect at Fujitsu, Distance Runner with Rodillian Runners. Expect blogs on all of these themes!

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