This week is the start of my marathon training (again lol).
I completed the Lunar-Tic Marathon at the end of last month and gave myself 2 weeks rest before starting training for my next marathon
The first week I caught up with jobs around my house, Sorted out the bedroom and then the kitchen which was very rewarding.
Last week I did go out for some recovery / easy paced runs to keep my fitness levels up.
Monday 5th was a great run, No time limit, no set miles, no pacing, just went out for a lovely jog whist listening to great music through my earphones. I stopped several times to take photos which was great fun. I landed up running just over 4 miles then back to the carpark to do some strength training. 4.08 miles – 46 minutes 19 Seconds
Thursday 7th run was roughly the same as tuesdays run but with more off road running through the lovely woodland, again finishing up with some strength training in the car park afterwards. 4.34 Mi – 38 Mins & 59 Secs.
Sunday I ran for longer and a large part of it was through the woods, For once I did not get lost, I bought myself a compass and although I have not used one since I was a kid I think it worked out ok for me – I found the right exit anyway lol 5.07 Miles in 45 Minutes and 38 Seconds
So with 3 1/2 months until my next marathon the fun starts today (13th). Lets hope it’s 3 1/2 months injury free 🙂
After Months of
training I have finally ran the Lunar-Tic River Marathon.
We set off on Saturday
afternoon and headed for the campsite we booked, The goal was to get
to the campsite early, set up the tents and have something to eat
before the marathon.
The campsite was small but really good, It had loads of little extras that were not advertised which I really liked. The site manager was really friendly and chatty.
The campsite had nice showers, even at 2am after my marathon I was still able to get a hot shower which was greatly needed as I was covered in mud and sweat.
Just before 19:00 we
drove to the starting point to the marathon to register, This was
quick and easy, I got my race number so all I had to do is wait.
At 20:00 after giving us a brief talk about the run we set off.
This was by far the hardest run I have ran to date, it’s not to say I did not enjoy my night – I loved it and would probably do it again but it was very hard.
I am used to larger
volume runs, This had a 200 runner limit and looking at the website
it appears that it was very under booked (113 runners) what this
meant was that I spent a huge part of this run on my own, in the dark
trying desperately trying not to get lost.
I also should of worn
trail trainers as lots of the run had slippery mud, many times I
slipped but was lucky not to hurt myself apart from a bruise on the
side of my ankle.
There was tape hung
from trees to tell us which way to go but in the dark I missed most
of them, I just followed other runners when I could. Looking at the
map on Strava I can see where I came off line of route once without
even knowing it and by shear luck got back onto the route. Near the
end of the marathon (The last mile) I took a wrong turning again and
had to double back on myself to pick up the right route, I managed to
add a extra half mile to my run lol.
In hindsight I could of uploaded the route onto my phone (this was on their website) also the route follows the river (not that it was easy to see) so following this would have helped with guessing the route – Why did I not realise this when running? It’s not as though I had not studied the map many times at home 😦
The last 2 miles I teamed up with another runner – He was really nice and we had a great chat, This helped the time to fly for the last bit which was great.
Unfortunately for me my new friend stopped for a drink at the last drinks station just over a mile before the end so I continued by myself – as you can read above that did not go too well lol
This run took me just over 5 hours (I am still waiting on the official time) but Strava sells me that I completed the Marathon in about 3 seconds shy of the 5 hours so I am very pleased with that.
Relaxing at the end of my run with a nice mug of coffee I get my friend to take a photo of me holding my lovely medal
After the run we went back to the campsite for some well earned food and a beer.
I have not booked anything for next year yet but it would be really cool to get another half / full marathon booked for January or February time, I will have to wait and see 🙂
My name is Neil, an average runner, founding member of Clair parkrun in Haywards Heath, enthusiastic member of Burgess Hill Runners, 50 marathons so far including 16 over marathon distance and three 100 milers, Leader in Running Fitness since mid 2014, all things animal welfare and vegan since February 2016. Hoping my knees don't give up on me too soon.