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Marathon Training: Competition

After a rotten week of not training and being completely ill, I arrived at last Saturday’s Parkrun in pretty poor form. Because the legs had gotten some rest, the time for that 5km was ok but by the end I was wheezing like Albert Steptoe.

This run was a test to see if I should even bother doing the Silverstone Half Marathon which I had signed up to do the following day with the White Lodge Centre team. I decided I should give it a go.

It was great to do a competitive run as it gave me the opportunity to realise that my understanding of race tactics was poor! I started way too quickly, taken up with the flow of fast runners. My sub 5 minute splits had degraded to 5:30 by the end and the last km was atrocious!

Still managed a half marathon pb.

With 6690 runners finishing, I was placed in the top 25%. Briefly encountered one White Lodge runner as I was pipped by Craig Waddle on the finishing line.

With my dodgy race tactics, I felt pretty burnt out at the end. I’ll be aiming for a more manageable pace in the big race. It’s so easy to go too fast and end up fighting and hurting to keep pace!

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Marathon Training: 30km

Sponsorship cash is slowly starting to come in. If you haven’t done so already, please help me support The White Lodge at www.justgiving.com/andydavismarathon

Two months to go till the marathon and finally got to the 30km mark.

That was Brockwell Park Parkrun followed by eight further laps. A little bit slow, but just under 6 minutes per kilometre.

Partook in my customary mocha pit stop at the Lido Cafe after 20km.

And people are actually swimming in that freezing lido! Maniacs…

Two more kilometres to go and looking smug…

Downhill from here… Top of the hill at Cressingham Gardens on the final lap.

Painful Aftermath… bleeding nips plus ice bath: not a good combination.

And in other news… my race number arrived.

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Marathon Training: Distance Runs

I am running the Virgin London Marathon this year for The White Lodge Centre.

HELP ME OUT!

So I’m starting to get into the swing of training now. Slowly logging up the kilometres.
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Saturday is my favoured day for doing a big run, then I can spend Sunday doing far fewer runny related things.

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Park Run in Brockwell Park is my way of getting going. A 9am start on a winter morning isn’t exactly an appealing prospect, but joining hundreds of other runners doing the same is great motivation…

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So after 5km, I get my Park Run timing chip, and I have the first chunk of distance under my belt. The Park Run pace is fast… I don’t look too good at this point!

So this is what the Park Run folk told me:

Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill results for event #310. Your time was 00:23:54.
Congratulations on completing your 12th parkrun and your 12th at Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill today. You finished in 125th place and were the 113th male out of a field of 312 parkrunners and you came 13th in your age category VM40-44. Take a look at this week’s full set of results on our website. Your PB at Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill remains 00:22:21. Congratulations on your fastest time this year.

It’s not easy to continue running after a quick 5km, but I get into a more comfortable pace. Four more laps of the park…

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This is probably a little cheaty, but I like to take a break two-thirds into the run at the Lido Cafe, and get a quick fuel boost. Granola with yoghurt and fruit, and a cheeky mocha. Then it’s back to the job.

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Run complete. Just managed to sneak under the two hour mark for the half marathon (by two seconds).

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Apologies for the nudity! Post-run ice bath… not fun. The final chapter of pain! Well this week, I managed to get my run up to 24km. That’s Park Run, plus six laps of Brockwell Park. So next week, I’ll be breaking the 25km barrier. Marathon training takes up a lot of time, but hopefully, I can raise some cash for The White Lodge Centre. If you would like to help me out, that would be just great!

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