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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Dewsbury 10K & Liversedge Half 2018 race reports

So although I haven’t posted on the blog for a while, I’m going to kick things off again by catching up on a few race reports. So let’s get cracking with how things went at the Dewsbury 10K two weeks ago.

The Dewsbury 10K
The last 10K that I’d raced was not the best race of my life. After getting injured in the run up to the Leeds Abbey Dash, my running life was pretty grim. Unused to how weak I was, I’d gone off at tough pace that I thought would be manageable, and then ended up struggling and running really hard to finish in a time that I was really disappointed with. It was grim.

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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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