It’s that time of year when the Brighton Marathon lurches into view (April 6th, running for Macmillan again) and I have to start training for it. So I started my plan this week.
Now, as some of you know, last years training didn’t go according to plan. And by that I mean it didn’t really go at all. There aren’t really any excuses, I just didn’t put the miles in. Between January and April I ran no more than 6 times (that’s a generous estimate), so when the big day arrived, I struggled. Badly. By mile 10 I realised I was going to have problems and by mile 15 I was sitting by the side of the road, on the phone to my wife telling her I couldn’t continue. She convinced me otherwise and I got back up and finished, albeit slowly. It was not a pleasant experience.
So this year, I have decided to do things properly. I kept myself ticking over with parkruns and a few double digit runs over the summer and autumn and now I am raring to go. Sort of.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy running, but that’s what makes it so tough to follow a training plan. It becomes a chore. So I am being sensible and running smart. One long run, one easy middle distance run and a fast run (either parkrun or intervals). Plus a decent amount of crosstraining in the form of weights, Spinning and walking everywhere.
I have a time in mind for this year (don’t ask, won’t tell) but I just want to do it properly for once.
Plus, it would be nice if my supporters didn’t have to hang around for so long this time ….