Week 10 of training for my first marathon and it’s time for the next big milestone: my first race. I’ve never run in a race setting before, and I’m on my own during the race. Thankfully I did have my girlfriend and my parents come along to cheer me on and calm my nerves before the start.
I chose the Thames Meander Half Marathon – the course starts in Kingston and follows the River Thames downstream to Kew Gardens where you turn around and run all the way back! It was a beautiful route and one I can highly recommend.
Having had some trouble with my knee over the last two weeks I was really not sure how this would go, so I’m very happy with the outcome!
The marathon is only 8 weeks away!
This week has all been about keeping my runner’s knee at bay. With only 1 week left until my half marathon race I don’t want to do anything to agitate the knee into a full-blown injury which would prevent me from finishing the race.
To that end, I only ran twice this week – a 6km on Thursday lunchtime, and a longer run on Saturday in Bridgnorth.
Next week is the half marathon!
I hit my first major hurdle this week. After having a relatively normal week of training, I found myself unable to complete my 24k long run on Sunday.
My knee started to twinge quite badly, sending shooting pain up my leg as I was running. I had to cut the run short, and ask Emily to come and collect me in the car. Not great just 2 weeks before my half marathon.
Week 7 of marathon training, and it gets serious. My longest run at 30km in under 3 hours, and a hot day 10km run in a personal best 44 minutes.