marathon running

Marathon training – Week 12: It’s the final count-down!

Monday, 24 March 2014

My 37km/23mile run on Wednesday was nice and mostly uneventful. My stomach started to ache a little bit towards the end of it and that means I need to be super super clean about my eating from now until the Paris Marathon (that for me means no sugar and no gluten).  I also ran out of water in my Camelback after 30km and as a result was crazy thirsty for the rest of the day. I didn’t want much food at all, just water and coconut water.

Anyway, the longest run is now done and this year’s first marathon is in 2 weeks. Eeeek! Totally exciting! :)  I don’t have any maranoia yet (a state of temporary paranoia in the few weeks leading up to a marathon), I’m quite calm. I have just run 37kms without a problem. I think I will get to the finish line. At the moment I’m feeling very giddy actually because I had  a dream last night that I finished Paris in 3 hours 41 minutes and 14 seconds.  I would be very happy with that :)

The training last week went down as follows:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Crossfit, included a 800m run
  • Wednesday: 37km run at 5:50 pace ; Bikram
  • Thursday: 5.29km recovery run at 6:02 pace
  • Friday: Crossfit, included 10 x 50m sprints with 15kg sled
  • Saturday: Easy 10km at 5:19 pace
  • Sunday: Rest with a bit of swimming (525m)

Total: 53.59km

This week I’m planning on running 30-35km and next week around 20, with the 3 days leading up to the marathon totally free from exercise. I’m not sure how I’m going to survive! Sounds nuts to most normal people but I am truly addicted to daily workouts and find it hard (mentally and physically) to function without them. Knowing I’m resting for a purpose should help me get through those days. Let’s hope it does.

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  • Sarah Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 11:13

    ‘Maranoia’!! Love it!! Will be stealing that word and using it for when people at work come to my desk and cough near me!! Am officially mara-noid!! :)

    • MrsB Friday, 28 March 2014 at 13:55

      I said I didn’t suffer from maranoia but when you mentioned coughing I realised that I wash my hands all.the time. :)