Belated final push to London

So last week didn’t go to plan, & I’m therefore catching up a bit after several down weeks. A busy week at work together with still carying a bit of illness means I might struggle for the really high mileage but with a big weekend planned I should be well over 100 miles again.

Mon 23/3 pm 10.4M Relaxed inc strides. First faster work for a while, felt quite good! Continue reading

London bound

The final push starts here! 5 hard weeks (Edit, 4 weeks – illness took over), one taper week & then it’s show time. Feeling good & ready to push on with some focussed marathon work. I’ve got the Midland & National 12 Stage races, & will ease down slightly for the National but otherwise it will be right through to London now.

Mon 16/3 am 8M Easy / 1hr Ski, pm xxM Relaxed (back commuting now when possible). Legs felt good, but sweating buckets!
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CPC Loop den Haag / The Hague Half Marathon

The one target race in this year’s marathon build up. Despite feeling that I’d missed some quality since a good run at Stamford 30K I felt in good shape for a PB & flew out wit the intention of hitting 5 minute miles from the start which would bring me back in just under 66 minutes – more than a minute off my PB from Cardiff & a time I’d be elated with (Andy thought low 65’s, but I think the pills he’d been taking for a recent virus had gone to his head)! Continue reading

Taper/race week

As planned, this week was a slight easing off into The Hague Half Marathon (see separate race report) although still looking to maintain reasonable mileage. After a very good long run on Sunday I felt fairly confident going into this week, albeit quite tired!

Mon 2/3 am 5M Easy, pm 8M Relaxed. Felt ok today, a bit tired but not too bad.
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A slight setback, but only slight!

After a great block of training it was frustrating to have to take a couple of easy weeks after Stamford due first to recovery from that race, but then because of a continuing niggle with my calves/Achilles. Far from ideal with the Hague just next week, but with London as the main target it was more important to get back to 100% for the final push towards that.

Mon 23/2 pm 8.7M Steady. Shattered today so no morning run, & slightly short due to having to be at Dan Francisco’s Promo video night by 7pm (fantastic performance!). Continue reading