So here we are into Tapering! This is the part of training where you are supposed to drop your mileage and allow your body to recover but at the same time make sure you are not doing too little. It is also a time where I will need to watch what I eat, with the mileage dropping its easy to put on weight in the 3 weeks leading to the big day.
April started with a 16 mile Sunday long run along the Worth Way from Crawley to East Grinstead. We have been avoiding the Worth Way all through training because its softness underfoot, I feel it’s important to do as much road running as possible in preparation. Today wasn’t a great day for me, I woke up late, which meant I had breakfast late, which the meant I was running on a full stomach. At around mile 13 I started to get stomach pain which as you can imagine wasn’t pleasant. I managed to get through the whole 16 but learnt a valuable lesson…don’t sleep through your alarm!
Monday started off in the usual fashion with a 6 mile recovery run with the club; with the nights getting lighter it was pretty much still daylight by the time we finished. Onto Wednesday and summer training sessions are in full swing which means we are back at our summer training venue Tilgate Park. Tonight’s plan was the final intensive session before London, a 7 mile with 3 at tempo run. As we were back in Tilgate we chose to do laps of the lake which was really nice, I felt strong tonight. Friday was a steady 7 miler and an opportunity to break in the new marathon trainers. I was feeling a little anxious about this as rather stupidly I had decided to go for different style of trainer which seems a crazy decision so close to London. Luckily the trainers felt great and I completed the 7 miles with no issues. Sunday was a drop in mileage once again; today we were down to 14 miles however it still felt pretty tough after a busy midweek of running.
Week 2 started back at Tilgate for a recovery 5 miles and an opportunity to chat to some more experienced running buddies who have ran London many times, the advice these guys offer can really put your mind at ease. Wednesday was an 8 miler running at Marathon pace, an opportunity to find that pace I will hopefully be sticking to on the day. Friday was a pleasant 6 mile run around Tilgate and once again an opportunity to quiz running buddies about what to expect, really feeling at ease now. Sunday soon arrived and with it came the final Sunday long run before London. A gentle 10 miles with a few running buddies felt a breeze today. It was finished off with celebratory cooked breakfast afterwards.
The final week before London is here! This is the week where the phantom niggles come into play and nutrition is key in making sure my body is ready for Sunday. This week is all about keeping the legs ticking over and not doing anything to intensive but also making sure I don’t do too little. After an Easter weekend where most will be indulging in Chocolate and other treats I really wanted to keep on top of things and make sure I don’t let myself get too carried away. Monday started with an easy 5 mile run on my own. Today was the freshest I had felt all throughout training, I’m putting this down to stopping the leg sessions at the gym, it seems to be working. After a rest day Tuesday, Wednesday soon came and was officially the final run before London, a gentle 4 miler with running buddies, a great way to finish off the training.
So that’s it, I will spend the rest of the week keeping my legs ticking over and eating the right foods. On Friday I’m heading into London to collect my number and visit the Expo which I’m looking forward to and should really get me in the mood.
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