Don't know how I have got through this week. One of the hardest and longest weeks I can remember. My mother in law can now RIP as we gave her a nice send off on Thursday. I think the running has kept me going and certainly has given me time to think as I'm out plodding the streets/woods ect. Managed a good weeks training with a MP 11.7m today. My split times were good and I think the summer training has come together for me.
next week for me is all about shortish MP runs in midweek and then on Saturday I'm doing the St. Albans stampede. 9am until 9pm you can either run/walk on your own as a pair (taking the loops in turn) or as a team of 4. I'm running with a friend who is also doing Berlin marathon. The loops are exactly 4m long so we are going to run x2 each. So that should be about 1hr 15/20m then the next person goes and you rest/eat and go again. The idea will be that in the afternoon we will be running on tired legs and that will help for the marathon training. We will slow down late afternoon and evening so I think we will complete between 36/40m each as we do the last loop together at approx 8:30pm. We did it last year and it was a great event with everyone helping as it was very non competitive apart from male solo runner and the teams of 4 who do 1 loop each/rest but only top teams ran fast. Everyone else it was about completing it and doing something very different. Very different kind of marathon training but as I've already completed 5 LSR of 18/20miles over the last 14 weeks I feel in good nick and ready for the challenge.
ref taper, I'm going to keep mine to the last 2 weeks max as I find if I slow down or cut out distance too much I get too sluggish. That's just me and you have to do what's right for you.
good luck with your long runs or fast runs this weekend.
Thanks Jason and Nicole for kind words. trying to sort out a funeral/all logistics of organising someone's estate/will/finances and running are not easy. Nicole you are right my running tomorrow day/night whenever I can fit in will be a release, Going to try and get out to do a 7mile run at near to MP.
pipes welcome and looking at the times you are trying to run at sounds like you know what you are doing. What is the other marathon you are doing as I am going to be doing York marathon 2 weeks after Berlin. It's a long story how I got roped into it but Berlin will be the race and York the get round, at least that is the plan
ok back to making more phone calls, checking on the wife/kids and making dinner!!!!
Beetle- fantastic running and you are right whatever pace we run at we always want faster. You must be on course for a good time with your training going well. Thanks for info on gels and water although water in cups is a bit pants will have to slow right down to drink, maybe that won't be a bad thing. I don't think I will be wearing my Striders vest as I'm going to be running for mcmillion care as part of my work charity.
nicole. That HM sounds poor, HM courses are never usually like that, very strange.
my day has been a difficult one- started off well with a very early LSR of 20m on a hilly course average pace8:45 which I was really pleased with because I felt as if I was running a lot slower. Last 1/2 miles hurt but I think that's normal and some of the hills were hard. Great recovery at gym straight after with 4 lengths swim as cool down and time spent in jacuzzi to relax legs.
All good so far then then early afternoon get a call to say mother in law has died-boom good day turns sour, wife kids all upset as you can imagine. Having to stay strong for them as this week we plan for funeral.
Valuable lesson learnt yet again, enjoy every day as if it's your last and I promise I won't moan about my marathon time in a few weeks whatever it is because I'm still here lucky enough to be able to complete it and then plan next one.
I hope my wife's sad loss Spurs you all on to just do your best and enjoy the next few weeks of training and the big day itself.