Good week last week in terms of pushing the distances. I did 3 runs including a 15 miler on my day off on Wednesday. That’s the longest distance I’ve done since the Milton Keynes Marathon last May. I certainly felt it and lay on the sofa for as much of the day as I could afterwards. Total distance for the week: 31.7. I started training in mid-November and have built up my weekly mileage from 10 to about 25.
In the 15 mile run, I experimented with eating and drinking on the go. This is a really tricky thing and I still have a lot to work on. My debut marathon last year was hampered in part due to not being properly hydrated towards the end (it was the hottest day of the year) so I need to improve. I have decided that the two bottles that came as part of a running belt are not up to the task. They are too small. I put some numbers into an online calculator which estimated that I need to drink about 1.5 litres an hour. I also made the mistake of drinking water and eating an energy gel too close together which ended up giving me stomach cramp. More practice needed.
My training program is fairly loose at the moment but I am trying to do 3 runs a week including a long one that nudges the distance up a bit every week or two. The first goal is the Half Marathon, just 5 weeks away. I am now confident at running that distance, but I see it as a chance to practise race-day preparation for the full Marathon in May. I will try to go as fast as I can. I have done 2 half marathons in the past (Nottingham in 2004 and Leicester in 2009) and hopefully I will put in a big PB over those efforts.