Watching this video of last year races certainly gets you pumped up!!
My final training run, was completed this afternoon and in some ways it reminded me of my final run before the Preston marathon, well the second half of it did.
I ran this five mile route :
And I used my old favourite 100 metre dash course, as I could…..with it being bright and sunny and because it is perfect for doing speed work on, well as perfect as you can get outside of a track I guess…..and on a disused rail bridge….
I got to the stride point in 16:32 which works out at around 08:15 per mile, a tad faster than I planned but only a tad.
The strides went much better than the last lot, with me recording these times :
1 – 19:90
I was quite pleased the last one was my quickest as that’s always my aim, finish strong
I then completed the 3.4 mile run home in 30:46 , meaning I completed the whole 5.4 miles, as it turned out to be, in 47:18 which works out at 8:46 pace. The reason why the second half of the run was so much slower, was because I decided I didn’t care about the time and I was enjoying running in the warm sun. Especially , as I wont get to do that much more, if at all again, until the spring. And that’s why the run left like my final run of my last marathon training programme, as I didn’t care about the time, there was no pressure to meet any targets it was the last run. Apart from the speed work, I wasn’t going to achieve anything and you know what sometimes it is nice to have runs like that, with the weight off your shoulders running purely for the pleasure. It was a nice way to end the training.
So that’s it no more training……690.09 miles covered just 26.2 more to go!! Ek!! Monday morning at 0900 in Dublin I will cross the line and take on this route :
Its going to be tough, there will be times when I will want to stop and there will be times when I will doubt myself, but then there will be the one time when I cross the finish line of the Dublin marathon. The feeling of completing a marathon is like no other race experience. Its hard to describe, its a feeling of joy, relief and pride. I cant wait to have it!!
I fly out real early so, this will be my last post. I’ll pop on later tonight to see if there are any comments to respond to but that’s it, its time pay for the all hours ive put in all the things ive scarified and to give my all. I want to at least get sub 3.40. I will be disappointed if I don’t get that. It means taking 8 minutes off my marathon PB but I think I can do it esp as ive trained harder than ive ever trained before. Granted cross training barely happened but running happened big time!! Ive never run so many miles in preparation before and hopefully it will pay off.
I want to thank you all for reading, I didn’t expect any one to read this blog I thought it was more just going to be me learning on my own. But a few people have expressed enjoyment of some of the posts and links I’ve put up and you’ve all kept coming back and that’s been a little motivation for me to train not just hard, but smart and that’s what this blog has all been about. Improving my training and understanding of running and now its time to put it to practice.
I will be back next week to give you all a full report of not just the race but the next few days, take care all.
Oh P.s im runner 1276, if your running or watching in Dublin do say hello