This week has been quite important to my journey to London on the 24th of April. I have come from my tentative first steps (2 miles) after illness, to quite a reasonable pace at this morning’s Pontefract parkrun. In the meantime I have run a total of 13.5 miles wihout major problems. This leads me to believe I can regain strength and fitness to make it!
You might not think that a 5K Parkrun is very impressive when it comes to marathon training but in some ways I think that being forced into a “lower key”‘training programme might have its advantages. I usually think about marathon training as a programme of gruelling long runs and I have trained like this before. In fact, the first time I trained for a Marathon I gave up parkruns because I thought they weren’t giving me the necessary mileage! After training for our last marathon in Edinburgh, my wife did so much damage to herself that she needed to give up running for a year and was even told she might not be able to run ever again!
My current situation is a revelation; I now have a simple and measured programme to build up strength and distance over the next 6 weeks. Since I know that any injury will mean “game over” the care I need to take will help me be fit and strong on the big day and you can’t wish for more than that.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (NIV)