Longest Run Before The Big Day

Whenever it comes up that I’m running the London Marathon – which lets face it, is practically every conversation I have right now, especially with new and random people,  the matter of mileage comes in to focus.

“How many miles are you up to?” is the most frequently asked question after “Why?” followed by their response of “I could never do that”.

At a recent family event, I bumped in to my sister-in-law’s uber fit friend, Nicole, who is also running the London Marathon and I found myself making the same enquiry.

During the weekend when all London Marathon runners are arduously running their longest distance to date before the tapering starts, I began to ponder why people are so interested in the distance. Myself included. Why did I (silently?) panic on hearing about her imminent 20 miles in the face of my ‘paltry’ 13.

Is it the biggest indicator of how ready you are to run a marathon? Does it demonstrate your running ability? Or is it people’s polite chitchat with the running bore standing in front of them?

This weekend, I ran 18 miles. It’s my longest distance to date and I sure felt it when it was done. However, I ran it in three parts, over two days. Six miles a pop.

This makes me proud. And also nervous.

How am I going to find the energy to run 8.2 more miles on top of that? And all in one go?

Yikes. I guess that’s what jelly babies and a bloody big crowd are for…

The split training is to help me remain injury free in the lead up to the marathon yet ensures my body is exposed to the miles it has to endure on race day.

They say you never run a marathon before a marathon.

Phew. 18 miles it is.

Taper Time

Whoah, it’s April. Marathon Month. How did that happen? Seems like it was only yesterday  that I inadvertently signed up for the London Marathon 2013 via facebook.

Lucky for me, training for the marathon has been more consistent than writing about it, though Facebook & twitter has been with me through every step of the way. Fundraising is going pretty well too.

After two helpful training days under my belt [Asthma UK and London Marathon respectively], my first (and only) half marathon [adidas Silverstone Half Marathon] and my longest run before the big day, my trainer has handed me my Final Program – the tapering off one.

Tapering will allow my body to reach optimal performance before the marathon by decreasing the amount of exercise I do in the lead up to the big day. The trick is to ensure the muscles are kept in good working order but also have a chance to rest.

So as much as I hoped it was going to be three weeks of telly watching, sleep and chocolate – my plan looks more like this:

Final phase of Marathon Training

Final phase of Marathon Training

Not bad, eh? Very doable. And the best thing is, I think I can squeeze in some telly watching, sleep and chocolate too.