Evaluating other attempts at running marathons I decided to change things up a bit and throw in a trial race day. Not just a long run. Basically, just a long run in which I pretended it was the Marathon.
It was the last long run before Portsmouth Marathon. The morning of December 3rd (yeah, this blog is late). It was the second longest run of 2017. The run totalled 9.11 miles.
It went like so;
Woke up at 8am to breakfast and drink coffee,
9am volunteering as time keeper at Junior parkrun,
9:30am set off from that start line of sorts to run along the Snuff Mills trails,
2.5 miles in turned back due to a steepass muddy as fudge decline at a tremendous height that made brain nope,
5 miles in stopped at the fuel station known as the house for hydrate,
7.5 miles in best run snacks of Jelly Beans by the mega handful,
8.6 miles in … 8 point … 6 … fudge 8.6. Keep at it!
9 miles in. 9 miles. Sprint finish home. HELL YES.
I felt fantastic. When I got home for a cup of tea, a hot lunch and a steaming bubble bath after showering all the mud off it was a relief having done it. I know it wasn’t 26. miles. Nearly 10 is a good bench mark of how I will feel on race day. I felt like I could do more, indeed I considered a second lap but didn’t want to over do it too soon.
I found Jelly Beans as a running snack worked better than gels with my stomach so I’ve stocked up on lots of these.
Now to rest and carboload before Portsmouth Marathon. I’ve done nothing but walking and yoga in the evenings. I’ve bulk bought soups and healthy snacks for my workday lunches. Of course, the odd Cherry Bakewell is unavoidable this time of year. However, it’s still easy to eat balanced and just add the Minced Pies in as your afternoon snack instead of because of it.
As I write this Portsmouth looms at the end of Sunday. I haven’t chickened out yet. There are no health excuses worth cancelling for. The weather might be a bit of mischief. Yet, adventure calls. The coast and it’s gales, the roses and their dew, the Pyramid Center and it’s Expo. The runners and their lycra.
This will now be a staple before any race taper going forward in 2018. It’s helpful to find the zone that gets missed sometimes with ‘just another long run.’ Make your long run work for you. Make it special.