At this stage I am well into my training regime. With 6 weeks remaining till the big day, I am coming to the end of the middle phase of my training. Week 16 saw me finally get to my lofty target of 40 miles per week (64.4km). It’s great to report that I haven’t got any major injuries, and (touch wood), I appear to have avoided all the nasty bugs.
These last six weeks I figured might be quite challenging, as I was due to start a new job at a tech company. Not only that, but they decided to send me to their headquarters in Silicon Valley for two weeks of orientation. Where that was a random challenge at first, I soon saw the advantage of swapping the bitter British winter for the Californian sun. It helped that my apartment was near the Bedwell Bayfront Park, which became my early morning pilgrimage.
After I got back to London, not only was I faced with the so-called ‘Beast From The East’. Not ideal after the Californian sunshine! I tried one session in the gym, but treadmills are absolute torture. Despite the cold, Richmond Park was far superior to the automated torture of a gym treadmill!
The Royal Ballet School in the middle of the park.
I also took on a new running route to work. After having to brave a few 11 mile runs to Bromley through the grimmest roads in South-East London, I was now privileged to adopt a new route to my workplace in Soho, taking me past Battersea Power Station, Battersea Park, Buckingham Palace and Green Park.
The next big challenge in my training, now that I have reached my mileage targets is to start fitting in the 20 mile runs. Hopefully, I can do three of these by the time of the big day…