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The thing about marathon training


The thing about marathon training is that just getting through to the end of the training plan is as good a mental preparation for the race itself than anything else I can think of.  What with injuries, bad weather, colds and flu to mention but a few and I haven’t started on the list of things day-to-day life can throw in our way.

I’ve had to be adaptive, realistic and strong to keep going with strength work and cross training (I nearly came to like spinning) and not give up and sulk.  Fortunately Milton Keynes marathon is a few weeks after many of the other marathons so I have a little more time than others to play with.  I have jumped from week 6 of 16 week plan A, to week 2 of 12 week plan B and after 3 weeks off running, nursing my painful piriformis (backside) I’m back!

I missed a Half Marathon the week before last and was getting anxious about the Bath Half Marathon next weekend.  However I’ve built up my mileage over the past 10 days and managed a good steady 10 miles on Sunday so Bath is on, albeit with a new game plan, (based on 2 weeks training and a 10 mile longest run), to get round and enjoy it rather than chasing a PB.

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

6 thoughts on “The thing about marathon training

  1. So agree training is almost harder than the race itself, it’s so dam time consuming. Still contemplating doing Milton Keynes myself, waiting till its full before tryingo get in!

  2. Definitely – and training lasts a lot longer too. Good luck with Bath.

  3. Good luck with Bath, I know you and Alma are going to be amazing 🙂

  4. I’m really glad to read this today – I had a rubbish long run at the weekend and trying to gear myself up to push on with training is tough! Hope Bath goes really well for you 🙂

  5. Good luck with Bath. Try to enjoy it.

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