Not next Sunday, or the Sunday after, but the Sunday after that I’ll be stood…waiting…nervous…on the start line of the Yorkshire Marathon.
It looks like the husband won’t be able to join me this year due to an injured calf. The therapist did suggest he could rest and then make the marathon his first run for 3 weeks, but that’s not comfortable position for a first-time (or any time) marathoner to be in.
Last week I was in Italy having a lovely time, eating cheese and sausage and drinking prosecco while not even thinking about running. When I got back on Sunday I did 15.5 miles, that’s 8 laps of the service road on York racecourse!
If I’d trained better this year I’d be thinking about tapering now but I’ve still not broken the magic 20 mile mark that will be so important for the my confidence on the day. It doesn’t help that this year has coincided with a very busy time for me at work so even this weekend I have no time for a long run.
The plan is:
- Long run Monday (break 20 miles!)
- Then start to taper.
I’ll keep doing between 9 and13 mile runs between now and the big day after that, pray for cool weather on the day and wish myself luck. Honestly, I’ll be glad when it’s over 🙂
Happy running this week!