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After achieving my aim of a sub 3 marathon back in April, I very quickly realised that I needed another goal to work towards! My 4 months of intensive training from December 2015 to April 2016, following the sub 3 marathon plan from Pfitzinger & Douglas in ‘Advanced Marathoning’, had given me a structure that worked (I got 2:59:05). However, through May and into June I rested on my laurels, going from 50-70 mile weeks to barely 10-15. “It’s ok”, I told myself, “I deserve a bit of time off after the marathon effort”. Well that was ok for May, but the excuse started to stretch through June and so I signed up to the Bournemouth Marathon Festival Half in October. Still though, I found it hard to be motivated. So I also entered and gained a ‘good for age’ place in the 2017 London Marathon which actually, psychologically, led me to think that hard training doesn’t need to start again until the end of the year. Coupled with the fact that my wife has begun training in earnest for the Abingdon Marathon using the same Advanced Marathoning book, means running training time passes over to her after I had it Dec-Apr!
Don’t get me wrong, I was over the moon with my marathon time which I totally didn’t expect for a my first marathon. I just approached it with such single minded, grim focus that when I finally achieved it, it felt like a gap had been left that needed filling or a structure had been removed. The Brighton Marathon in April really did take it out of my legs – I left everything on the line. I didn’t realise just how long it would take for my legs to feel normal again and it took the best part of 2 months.
One of the main reasons I began this diary was to put my targets down on ‘paper’ helping me to stick to them so that is what I’m going to do!
Aim: sub 80 half marathon at BMF Half Marathon
Countdown: 10 weeks
Now to find a decent training plan fro that timescale…