I have had the pleasure and pain of running the London Marathon 3 times. This year I had the pleasure of cheering on the troops and on the morning of the race I decided to do my recovery run from my friends house. Not knowing London very well, I thought a straight out and back would be good as I have a habit of getting lost and running twice as far.
After a mile I headed under the iconic banners reading Virgin London Marathon 1 mile. I had stumbled across the marathon route and even better all the roads were closed off to traffic, it was a dream. I realise now that running in London isn't the same of running in Rotherham. It's normal to say morning or hello as you pass people back home. Obviously not in London I got a delayed 'Errm hello' as then looked at me to see if I'd escaped some a local psychiatric department.
So this week was a strong week of running but lacked again in strength training. I fear the speed sessions every week. Not because of the pain but feeling like I've let myself down if I don't hit my targets. I had two belters of sessions which I like telling coach OJ about as I can see the joy on his face but I also kind of want to lie and tell him slower times so he doesn't keep making the sessions harder.
On Saturday I ran Bexley Parkrun. Usually I get nervous at Parkruns. I know it's silly but I try and push myself every time. This one was different. I had done a speed session the day before so Owen said just do it in recovery. Yes I can have a nice little jog around and enjoy the London scenery.
After warming up I trot over to Owen and said all smiley. 'So just a recovery then?' to which he replies 'Just sit behind first lady and overtake her at the end'. 'What if she's like a 16 minute 5k runner?'. 'You'll be second then'. The gun goes off, I stick to the plan but after 1k first lady started getting closer so I moved into first position and relaxed into the run, I felt strong.
Six weeks to go and I feel like the training is coming together.
Summary of this weeks training:
Tuesday: 10, 40 level 2, 10
Wednesday: 4 x 10 minutes at level 3, Pilates
Thursday: 50 minute recovery
Friday: 4 x 5 minutes, 3 x 1k, 4 x 200's
Saturday: 50 minutes with 20 minute level 3 at Parkrun
Sunday: 50 minute recovery