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Marathon Training: Final Big Run

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After trying to do this last week (got to Hyde Park and my legs were dead), I decided to give my Edgware to Hyde Park and back run another go for my final big run.

The run out to Hyde Park went well. Managed to maintain an average pace of 5:36 per kilometre. The return run was painfully slow though. So I averaged at 6:03 for the whole run. I need to get that under 5:40 and add another 10km to the end on race day if I’m going to get under 4 hours for the marathon.

At the start line; the glamorous McDonald’s Stanmore at the top of the A5.

Half way point after 90 minutes at sone fancy Roman statue…

Which looks so much more impressive without my ugly face. 

Half time treats on a warm spring day at Hyde Park Corner.

Back at the finish line complete with farmer’s tan, stains and very painful ankles!

Those final splits were rotten! Got through the run without injury though. Two weeks till race day now, so time to recover and get strong for race day.

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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: Half-Way Point

So I’m half way through my training. Managed to get my weekly miles up to the recommended 36 mile point. Slowly starting to build up my distance runs.

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And this afternoon, managed a 27km run, by doing 5 laps of Clapham Common. The post-run ice bath was as usual, VERY unforgiving!

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Starting to get some great donations in for the fund-raising.
If you can help me out, I am raising money for The White Lodge Centre.

SPONSOR ME TO RUN THE MARATHON: www.justgiving.com/andydavismarathon

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Marathon Training

So I have finally decided to enter the London Marathon as a gold bond runner! I am running for a charity, The White Lodge Centre. After seven attempts to try and enter the marathon via the public ballot, I am starting to believe that I may be rather ancient and decrepit by the time that bet comes in. So let me tell you a bit more about the charity that I will be supporting for VMLM2017…

The White Lodge Centre

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White Lodge Centre supports disabled children, young people and adults, their families and carers in Surrey and throughout the surrounding areas. They specialise in care for those with a diverse range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy and other similar conditions. They are recognised as a centre of excellence where all the services we offer consistently attain the highest possible standards.
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It costs over £2.5 million a year to run the White Lodge Centre which is not fully met by statutory sources, so they do rely on voluntary donations to maintain these vital services.

Please donate to this great cause!

Training

There are several aspects to marathon training:

  • Run 36-40 miles per week by race day
  • Do at least 3 x 20 mile runs prior to the race
  • To build up slowly, increasing running distance by 2 miles every week
  • Tapering off in the last two weeks
  • Mix up runs with race-pace, distance runs, interval sessions and cross-training (i.e.non-running activities)
  • Have at least one rest day per week

So far, after one month of training, I have been tracking what I have been doing via a spreadsheet, and trying to heed the above rules!
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