Hello! Ahem,[ clears throat after a long silence].
How I have managed to miss three weeks of blogging is a mystery to me … although it’s not really. I did not have ready access to wifi for awhile, then some extra work was thrown at me and, now, we are in the final weeks of term when everyone seems to go frantic! All one can do is hang on for dear life with by the finger nails and hope that one doesn’t make too many mistakes or get too impatient with that First Year asking the question you have already answered in ten emails.
But, hey, this is about running and marathon training which is now about tapering. Yes, I’m on the ‘taper’ which means it’s time to ease off the miles, freshen up the legs, get some good food and some good sleep so that I’m bouncing fit for the marathon on Saturday week (10 days times).
There have been long weekend runs of 17 and 20miles; middle of the week runs of 10 and 11 miles. There have been practice sessions at marathon pace, intervals done at 5km pace, easy runs, stop-start runs, a bit of swimming and ongoing strength and training. It has been … ok. I did find myself very tired at one point and had a real struggle to get in the last 20miles. Preparing for a marathon this late in the Autumn/Winter is tough, but then I’ve been lucky too. The weather has been fab – mild (with the exception of one week), dry and bright. The trees have been gorgeous. One avenue that I use regularly has facing rows of Elm which, in their Autumn best, looked like ladies all dressed up in full skirts. Those ladies are now revealing gnarled limbs, giving me a certain pang as I watch their finery fall in tatters at their ‘feet’. This morning was the first morning that I had sense of running through dried, crisp Autumn leaves.
I have settled on the outfit for the day – very important factor. I will wear the new compression socks I bought with capri length tights and my red club tshirt. I have tested the outfit on my last long run, during which I also tested gels. I have been using jelly babies for ongoing fuel this year, just because I never got as far as buying the gels. The gels are better. I empty them into a bottle rather than littering the place with the pouches and because it’s less sticky.
I have yet to mentally prepare. Once Friday is over, I will have greater headspace for that, I hope. That’s when I begin to imagine the route, imagine myself successfully and steadily pacing through to a sub 4hour finish.
Oh dear …. I just got a nervous colly wobble of the tummy (otherwise known as butterflies)! It is getting close.