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.
2 runs in Budapest this week, followed by a very quick half marathon run at the weekend (once I could drag myself out of bed)
This video was delayed by a couple of weeks because I went to Budapest, which got in the way of editing somewhat. But it didn’t get in the way of running as you’ll see in next week’s video.
For now you have to catch up on Week 5 of my marathon training when I do my longest run yet at 27km. Week 5 was a full week of marathon training: two 8.5km runs during the week, a climbing session, an outdoor gym session and a 27km long run at the weekend.
I’m getting in those miles for the marathon…
Week 4 of my marathon training… I get heckled by my workmate from a passing car, I run around Richmond Park and I attempt to run in 30C degree weather at lunch time.