London Marathon 2015 - The Half Milestone

Tuesday 24th February 2015 - 4.2 Mile Interval session

So I tried out another interval session today:

10 mins warm/90s fast - 90s recovery x10/10 mins cooldown

I pretty much completed it, maybe with the exception of one set of intervals. I like these sessions, and I didn't feel like killing the Garmin today!!

Friday 27th February 2015 - 13.1 Miles

I was feeling a bit nervous about this one, which was a bit of a milestone. It was the biggest jump in mileage I've had for a while. The route was epic and pretty daunting when I planned it the night before. In fact it gave me a sleepless night just thinking about it. The route was basically one big loop round Ipswich town centre, to and from Kesgrave.

I ran this one on my own and without music. I also wanted to see how things would go without fuel or water. There isn't any reason why I couldn't run 13 miles without either but I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see how the body would react.

Miles 1 to 3 were usual, taking time for the breathing to settle and finding my stride. It was quite windy again and this first part of my route was cross country and quite open, through the woods and across the golf course.

Miles 4 to 8 were great, really comfortable. I might even go as far as to say I quite enjoyed them. This bit of the route took in Valley Road downwards, which made life easier and between the top of Valley Road and the West End Road I had a number of crossings to take a rest! I was even having thoughts at this point that I might enter Ipswich half!! Don't worry I had completely changed my mind by mile 11.

Miles 8 to 11 were not great. I felt very low on energy and was more than a little keen to stop, if I wasn't so darn far from home. I felt really hungry at this point, or maybe it was thirsty, who knows. Muscles felt ok but knees were hurting. Any hills I came across were walked up.

Miles 12 to 13 were also a slog but much more bearable as I knew that the pain and suffering was nearly over. I made sure I added the 0.1 bit on so that I would have the half marathon recorded in my Garmin.

I did it although I don't feel ecstatic about it. My head just keeps telling me I've got 5 more runs longer than this before it is all over  and I have to do what I did today twice on marathon day! I was happy with the pace for the first 8 miles, averaging 10.3/mile, after that it was over 11. I completed the half in 2 hrs 26 mins so a 5 hour marathon is a possibility.

I am running the London Marathon for the The Sunrise Appeal, part of the Ipswich Hospital Charity. You can sponsor me here