I’ve run 6 marathons, with an ultimate goal of earning a BQ – for those of you not obsessed with marathons, that’s a 3.35 (or faster) qualifying time for my age group. I felt well on my way, running a 3.49 in the Berlin marathon in 2014, feeling the best I have in my life. However, despite training for, and running two marathons since then, I haven’t come close to that time (or feeling), and infact I’m getting slower…
I remember crossing the finish line in Paris, at 4:00:37 so disappointed in myself, but knowing I had given it everything I have. I was determined to give Berlin my all. And I did. I didn’t miss a workout, including running 20 miles on a summer holiday to Portugal, 14 miles in Barcelona on a hen do, and waking up at 4am to complete 15 miles on a Friday morning before work.
Although my Chicago training started strong, I’m not sure I ever truly believed I could run a 3.35, and if you don’t think you can, then you probably can’t.
When things went wrong on race day, I didn’t have the mental strength to keep pushing – and yet my mental strength is something I pride myself on, so having that (and my stomach) letting me down, upset me.
And yet, I didn’t have the fight to want to run New York as a PB. I was quite happy running with Zoe, trying to pace her and my training this summer suffered as a result. I didn’t put my heart into it fully. I ran for fun, not to train.
That all seemed to change this week though, and I feel that old drive and determination is back. I had a No Excuses attitude back in the summer of 2014 and I am thrilled, and ready to work my ass off for a PB in February at the Tokyo marathon.
Interestingly, a lot of my runs set by Mary, my coach, feels really slow. Last night I ran for 60mins at 10.40 min mile pace – and a lot of my easy runs are 9.55-10.55 pace. But the ‘quality sessions’ are where the work is happening. On the schedule this week I have
2 mile warm up, 6 x 2min at 8.54 pace with 1 min recovery, 2 mile cool down
2 mile warm up, 8 x 30 sec at 7.16 pace with 2.30 recovery between, 1 mile cool down
Last week, JTX sent me this compact folding treadmill and I love it. It means that there really is no excuse not to get my run done – even if it’s dark or wet. I’m really enjoying running watching the TV in the comfort of my own sitting room, Tom on the other hand isn’t loving me pounding on the belt with the TV on full blast.
Tokyo marathon training is on….