2 weeks to go


This has been a good training week. Not spectacular, just solid, grinding out the workouts.

Hard to believe this is the end of week 14 of my marathon training. It struck me yesterday that today’s long run would be the last time I’d do this kind of volume for a while – I’m going to focus on 10k / 10 mile races in the Spring, so the distances of my long runs won’t be like anything I’ve done for the marathon.

It’s also weird looking at my training plan (which I keep on Final Surge) and seeing an empty calendar beyond Sunday 24th September. Running’s a big part of my life, and whilst I know that I’ll need a week or two off after the race, it’s going to be strange not getting up at 5am to run. Just for a couple of weeks though.

I’m already looking ahead and starting to think about races to focus my training on for 2018. Some might think that I should be focusing on the race and not thinking about anything beyond that, but for me it helps to think about what the next targets might be.

I’ve been feeling more upbeat this week. I’d caught myself starting get a little negative in my thinking as the day of the marathon has got closer. My running friends have noticed it too, so big shout-outs to them for helping to pick me up, particularly to online chums Tony Green, Amanda Moore & Cat Bradley.

I’d also like to say thanks to Dave Nicholson, who’s a runner based here in Dundee. I met with Dave during the week at my office, and about 75 minutes of our 90 minute ‘business’ meeting were devoted to running. Dave had picked up on my mindset when he read the last couple of blog posts, so we spoke about what was making me feel concerned.

He even brought me a book – the story of Sharon Gayter, one of the UK’s best ultra runners. Dave had supported Sharon back in 2007 when she’d broken the world record for running from Lands End to John o’Groats, 837 miles over 13 days. There was a whole chapter of the book dedicated to that herculean effort and Dave suggested I read that, which I have.

The marathon is going to challenge me both physically and mentally, and after this week I feel more prepared for what’s to come.

So bring it on Loch Ness, let’s see what you’ve got!

This week in numbers:

  • Distance run – 43.3
  • Time on my feet – 6:34:44
  • Books given to me – 1

10 thoughts on “2 weeks to go

  1. Planning past the goal race helps me too. I used to feel like training was over after a big race which never sat well with me.
    I am glad that our online interactions have helped. They have for me as well. I am very seldom around other runners except on race day and for some long runs so this online community of runners has been amazing. ☺️

    1. I’m glad it’s not just me that thinks beyond the race Amanda! Same for me with other runners – there are a few of my clients who run, so it’s always a pleasure to see them. Beyond that, the online community is my daily refuge 😊

  2. You sound so great Ali–though I wasn’t worried. I’m not as far as you in this yet but if there’s anything I’ve learned it’s that there are ups and downs galore. I had no doubt you would pick yourself up with the help of everyone around you, I think this is part of what it is all about–carrying each other. You’re such an inspiration and soundboard of encouragement and wisdom for me so I’m so grateful to be able to return the favor, even if only in a small way. We get to try to run a marathon–how lucky are we!? So cool and so excited to be cheering you on. Take care this week, and the next, and enjoy it. And bask in the thoughts of your after-plans as well. Forget the “shoulds”. Enjoy the ride. x

  3. That two weeks after – the ones earmarked for rest & recovery – might be the hardest part! The feat of running the marathon will be a huge accomplishment in itself, but after the weeks and months of training, I’d imagine it almost takes more discipline in a way to ease off and let the body recover properly. I seem to have strained or irritated my left knee (or high thigh area) at the end of last week, so it looks like an enforced backseat for the next couple weeks. Really frustrating, but trying to take it as an opportunity to learn and catch up on some other endeavours.

    I’m glad the community has helped pick you up! Home straight now, I’ve only been following your blog for a couple weeks but it looks as though the training and dedication has been very consistent. When it gets to the tough parts you’ll have that as a foundation.

    1. I think you’re right about the couple of weeks after the marathon. I don’t know what I’ll do with myself! Thankfully my daughter is coming up from London for the weekend, so that’ll keep me busy.

      Bummer to hear about your knee. Sounds like you’re making the most of the down time.

      Thanks for following and taking the time to read and comment. It really means a lot. I’m getting excited for the big day now!

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