The one thing I need to give me marathon confidence is distance. The one thing I’ve really failed at this year? Yep you guessed it.
This weekend I knew time was running out and I had to get some big miles done. Slightly hampered by two things – one, a wedding the day before, and two, a big chunk of my normal running route shut because of a SkyRide. Thanks Sky!
Rather than try and work out a new long crazy route I went for a boring mental challenge instead. I ran to the race course (2ish miles) then did 6 laps of the service road (also 2ish miles per lap) before running home. It was pretty dull but at least I knew where I was going and I saw lots of nice dogs. I chose an audio book rather than music and it worked quite nicely.
When I got home, I had 16.25 miles in the bag. Hooray! I took one bottle of water and one caffeine gel and there were some walk breaks, but I’m expecting to have some walk breaks on the marathon so I’m not too stressed about that. As long as they’re managed and structured rather than an elaborate collapse I’m happy.
I find thirst and carrying enough water a massive problem on long runs – to the point where I’m looking at other people with drinks and wondering if they’d mind if I asked them for just a little sip? The husband suggested next week I drive to the race course and load up the car with water and snacks so I can keep replenishing when I run out. Sounds like a plan to me!
Marathon training…plus picnic breaks 🙂
I’m off to Italy for a few days now so no training AGAIN, but next weekend I plan to do 20+ miles. That’s a lot of racecourse laps!
Happy running this week.