The London Training – “When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master.”

Recapping 16 weeks of training for the 2018 London Marathon…

So at the end of week sixteen of this training block, I’m now only four weeks away from race day. I usually aim to blog each week of the block to track the highs and the lows, but with one thing and another I haven’t done this, so this week I’m going to recap all of my training over the past few months, and where I feel I am going into the final run in.

The training job is basically done now. My next training week is scheduled to be 66 miles, and then the taper starts properly over the final three weeks running up to race day.

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Five stages of a running injury, and what I learned.

In my running year it is typical for me to struggle in the latter half of the year. This is often the autumn of my discontent. For some reason my spring training blocks are always smooth, but it is attempts at autumn goals that are littered with illness and injury. This year I chose to to target a 10K, the Leeds Abbey Dash, to put less pressure on myself. I would be working towards an event that hurts less (or hurts for less time), and is also a distance that I personally consider to have less prestige within my running achievements.

That said, I still went in with the same attitude and approach to training – the same workload, the same intensity, the same volume. So it’s no surprise that this post is all about the injury that happened, how I dealt with it, and what I learned.

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Training update and 2017 goals #2: The Dash

Abbey Dash 2017 training blog week 9/20

Back at the end of 2016 I set my first goal for 2017 – to run under 2:45 at the Manchester Marathon – and keen readers will know that I went and did just that with a 2:44:04.

I haven’t written up my plans for goal number two of the year, taking on the Abbey Dash, but I’ve been building up to this now for the past nine weeks – almost half way through the training block. I’ve written before about how this block started slowly (I mean really slowly, I wrote a second blog piece about it), but things have started to pick up recently.

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