Posts Tagged ‘20 freaking miles

25
Apr
10

twenty’s plenty

Holy mother of god I’m sore!

I had a plan, a cunning plan it was as cunning as a fox who’s just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University.  It didn’t work.  Basically I read an interesting article on the world wide internet web about the run/walk strategy.  Run for a bit, walk for a bit rather than trying to plod through the whole run non stop.  I tried it, it was going swimmingly 9 minutes of running followed by a minute of walking.  I was powering along, and then I bolloxed my foot.  I don’t know what I’ve done, I don’t remember how I did it but it got sore, then numb, then I got pins and needles in it.  I took my (absolutely honking) sock off and gave it a rub.  I started up and managed about 5 minutes of running before I had to stop.  I was 8 miles from home, cold, wet and annoyed.

You can guess from this post that I made it home but only just.  I ran for a bit, I walked for a bit I hobbled a lot.  The important thing is, I made the full 20 miles.  I didn’t have any water with me so I’m confident that with proper hydration and the cheers and support of a crowd I’ll finish the race.  I’m not so confident I’ll finish it under 4 1/2 hours like I originally hoped.  After I moaned, groaned and cleaned up I checked the London Marathon results.  Those elite runners are taking the piss, 2 fudging hours to run 26 miles how in the name of baby jesus and the orphans do they do it?

So I’m done with the big runs, apart from the obvious Big One.  Next weekend is 10 miles then it gradually tapers down to 2 miles.  They say that training is the hard part and there’s no doubt it is, but those extra 6 miles and 385 yards are going to be utter torture.  I can safely say I never want to train for another marathon again!

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