A year earlier than I’d originally planned, yesterday I toe’d the line in my first marathon. I’d heard great things about the Loch Ness Marathon, and Inverness is a lovely town, so where better to start my marathon journey? My training had been consistent - I’d done every workout on the plan, every gym session, … Continue reading Loch Ness Marathon – Race Report
This morning's long(ish) run saw week 15 of marathon training come to an end. This time next week (hopefully!) I'll be able to say I'm a marathon runner. Looking back, it feels like no time since I was making the decision to enter the Loch Ness Marathon instead of the Great Scottish Run (half marathon). … Continue reading It’s about the journey, not the destination….
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 … Continue reading 2 weeks to go
Came across this lovely little film whilst browsing YouTube this morning. Enjoy!
When I decided to enter the Loch Ness Marathon back in May, it seemed such a long way away. I had almost 20 weeks, so much time. Then it was 16 weeks and I was starting the training plan. Now the race is just 3 weeks away. Back in June when I started the plan, … Continue reading Believe
Once again an early weekend alarm woke me. 5.45am this time.Today's plan called for 18 miles, with the last 8 at goal pace for the marathon. Joanna had planned a long weekend in York with Rebecca, so I decided to enter the Aberdeen half marathon rather than do another long run on the same roads … Continue reading Aberdeen Half Marathon – ‘race’ report
Today it happened. The first morning this year that I've woken up and not sprung out of bed at the thought of my run. Instead, I found myself reaching for my phone and before I knew it I was scrolling through Instagram. Joanna's away for a long weekend with our daughter Rebecca, so I'm home … Continue reading Not feeling it….
It's been another solid training week. We decided to go to Edinburgh today to take in the Festival, so I switched my weekend sessions and did my long run yesterday, and the easy run today.The plan for my long run was 18-22 miles, and with the marathon only five weeks away now I decided to … Continue reading The perils of pacing….
The alarm violently wakes me from my slumber. It's 4.51am on a damp August morning.Groggily, I reach over and switch the damn thing off - I don't want to wake Joanna. It's still dark outside as I clamber out of bed and make my way through to the spare room, where I've laid out my … Continue reading Learning to embrace the suck
I can't believe how quickly the weeks are passing. As I write this, it's only six weeks until my marathon debut. How did that happen? Training this week has been good, on the whole. Around about now, my plan transitions from the speed work we've done the past 4 weeks or so, to more stamina … Continue reading Respecting the Plan