Ok, I’m finally going to try and catch you guys up on everything since August…
I got into London Marathon 2014!! I absolutely can’t wait and fully understand how lucky I am to get into this magnificent race, in the ballot, on only my second attempt. Training is going well, but it’s going to get tough.
Part of the initial training was entering a LOT (for me) of races over the last couple of months, a team relay event, 2 x 10km’s and a half marathon. Now, I’m pretty comfortable with 10km, and also hills – which helped considering the second of the two is a hilly beast, with an initial slope after 2km, and 2 monsters at around 5km and 7km. Typically, the harder of the 2 was faster for me, and I now carry a 53:46 10k PB!
The week after was Ipswich Half Marathon. I ended up being talked into this one and fully intended just to get round due to Constitution Hill. It. Is. BIG! And you take it twice. It’s long, steep, on a bend, and there are two levels – so just as you think it flattens, it actually drags longer! Couple this with the last 3 miles in the park, which is all over the place in terms of elevation, and you have a very challenging half marathon.
My only half so far was Silverstone. A perfectly flat course ran in March, and was a joy to be part of. But I was complacent and thought a 15km training run was enough – which it wasn’t – and I ended up cramping and walk/run the last 5 miles finishing in 2:24. It was tough, but I though to myself ‘never again’. Then I joined a running club.
Back to Ipswich, and I finished in a stunning 2:05 – 19 minutes quicker than a flat course, but just shows how much the running club has benefitted me.
Everyone is amazing and many have offered to come marathon training with me, which is helpful not only for distance, but also for experience as they are either in also or have run in previous years. Speaking of which, one of the senior women offered to go with me for a 7m training run a few days ago. We finished in 1:01. Bear in mind this is TRAINING – we crossed 5m in 43min (my race pb is 44:30) and 10km in 53:20 (30seconds quicker than race pb) which I’m really pleased about and fell great about coming so far.
Tomorrow is my birthday, and today I had my last run of my 20’s, and also of November, finishing on over 85miles for the month. it’s been a great one, and I’m sure will only get better.
I’m on the lookout for marathon shoes now, maybe I’ll do a review or something. Is there anything else you guys want to see or hear about? Let me know, I’d love to help those in a similar situation if I can, and continue my blogging journey to the London Marathon.