Following the joy of last weeks new PB for the Reading Half Marathon, with the icing on the cake of coming in a couple of minutes faster than Iwan Thomas, this week was mainly recovering and tapering and getting to meet one of the greatest running legends of my time, Seb Coe!
The Reading Half Marathon really did drain me both physically and mentally and the little voices in my head starting getting louder. Muscles and joints beginning to ache more than normal and the worry of what pace should I start the full marathon at.
Also, my fund raising has dampened my spirits somewhat as I thought running such an extraordinary distance by a newbie in his mid-fifties would inspire people to sponsor me….lets see how things progress, but so far was under £300 of a target of £1,000. You can Sponsor me here Just Giving.
I can’t control the fund raising, but I can control my training and running, so lets keep going!
Thankfully after seeing my Physio and also a great evening organised by Cancer Research UK, the voices are beginning to disappear and I am really believing now that I can do it. I can run a marathon! I will run a marathon!
The evening at Cancer Research, UK offices in London gave me the wonderful opportunity to meet Lord Seb Coe, who is the current President of the IAAF, who gave a packed audience some top tips on how to run a marathon, which you can see in the video below.
Also, Nick Anderson from Running With us, gave some excellent information on what to do a week before the race, on race day and after the race. Invaluable information, that will help us all.
The weeks training consisted of:
Monday: 20 minute rowing followed by 1hr 15 Ashtanga Yoga
Tuesday: 10km 52 minute run at 6am
Wednesday: 20 minute row followed by 45 minute spin class
Thursday: 15km 75 minute run at 6am
Sunday: 15km 78 minute run at 8am
This week may be tapering, but it felt tough possibly because of overdoing it on the previous Sunday and also the lack of sponsorship.
Till next week, hope you enjoy the below video of Lord Seb Coe giving some top tips on How to Run a marathon.