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
Another week ticked off. This plan is moving forward at a fair pace, before you know it I'll have done the damn marathon! After an easier week last week the volume has picked up, with the main session this week being the Yasso 800s, which I did in a monsoon!We've been having crazy weather the … Continue reading The simplicity of running
My target race for the second half of the season is the Aviemore half marathon, but along the way i've entered a couple of 10k's, the first of which is my 'home' race, the Perth 10k, this weekend. Training is great, I love the process and feeling the improvement as my body adapts to the … Continue reading It’s race week!