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London Marathon

Scratching that marathon itch

Way back in 1999 – a looong time ago now – I ran the London Marathon. Ever since I’ve fancied running another marathon, but I’ve never been successful in the lottery draw whenever I’ve thrown my hat into the ring.

A few weeks ago Shelli mentioned that Time To Talk – a mental health charity she works with – had a charity place for this year’s London Marathon in October, and whether I’d be interested (read here “stupid/mad” enough!), to which I obviously said a resounding yes! So, she put my name in the running (excuse the pun) for the place but, sadly another lady got in there first.

Last week it transpired that the lady could no longer do it, so here I am now with 74 days to get my fat arse into shape to “run” 26.2 miles – gulp!

First thing to sort: the training plan! Now, I can pretty confidently go out and run a 5km, 10km, or even a half marathon with little to no training (not because I’m super fit but more because I’m super stubborn and won’t give up!) but a marathon? No. This needs some proper training to try and make sure I get round the course okay. Like I said, I was considerably younger when I last ran a marathon, and back then I had trouble with one of my knees going completely at mile 23, making me limp my way to the finish line. As I said, I’m a stubborn shit!

After a little research here’s the training plan I’m going to be following:

Week Day Date Planned Training Actual Training Time (HH:MM:SS) Total Miles
1 1 19/07/2021 Rest Day 0.0
2 20/07/2021 3 Miles 4 Miles 00:46:32 4.0
3 21/07/2021 4 Miles 3 Miles 00:34:06 7.0
4 22/07/2021 HT: 8 Reps @ 1 Minute 8 Reps @ 1 Minute, 10% Incline & 9km/h 00:19:00 7.0
5 23/07/2021 Rest Day 7.0
6 24/07/2021 4 Miles 4 Miles 00:47:42 11.0
7 25/07/2021 8 Miles 8 Miles 01:30:23 19.0
2 8 26/07/2021 Rest Day 19.0
9 27/07/2021 4 Miles 4 Miles 00:45:42 23.0
10 28/07/2021 4 Miles 23.0
11 29/07/2021 HT: 9 Reps @ 1 Minute 4 Miles 00:46:54 27.0
12 30/07/2021 Rest Day 27.0
13 31/07/2021 4 Miles 10 Miles 01:48:02 37.0
14 01/08/2021 10 Miles 4 Miles 00:46:55 41.0
3 15 02/08/2021 Rest Day
16 03/08/2021 5 Miles
17 04/08/2021 4 Miles
18 05/08/2021 HT: 10 Reps @ 1 Minute
19 06/08/2021 Rest Day
20 07/08/2021 4 Miles
21 08/08/2021 12 Miles
4 22 09/08/2021 Rest Day
23 10/08/2021 5 Miles
24 11/08/2021 4 Miles
25 12/08/2021 ST: 2 Intervals @ 1 Mile
26 13/08/2021 Rest Day
27 14/08/2021 4 Miles
28 15/08/2021 14 Miles
5 29 16/08/2021 Rest Day
30 17/08/2021 5 Miles
31 18/08/2021 4 Miles
32 19/08/2021 ST: 3 Intervals @ 1 Mile
33 20/08/2021 Rest Day
34 21/08/2021 4 Miles
35 22/08/2021 16 Miles
6 36 23/08/2021 Rest Day
37 24/08/2021 5 Miles
38 25/08/2021 4 Miles
39 26/08/2021 ST: 4 Intervals @ 1 Mile
40 27/08/2021 Rest Day
41 28/08/2021 4 Miles
42 29/08/2021 18 Miles
7 43 30/08/2021 Rest Day
44 31/08/2021 5 Miles
45 01/09/2021 4 Miles
46 02/09/2021 ST: 5 Intervals @ 1 Mile
47 03/09/2021 Rest Day
48 04/09/2021 4 Miles
49 05/09/2021 20 Miles
8 50 06/09/2021 Rest Day
51 07/09/2021 5 Miles
52 08/09/2021 4 Miles
53 09/09/2021 ST: 6 Intervals @ 1 Mile
54 10/09/2021 Rest Day
55 11/09/2021 4 Miles
56 12/09/2021 6 Miles
9 57 13/09/2021 Rest Day
58 14/09/2021 7 miles
59 15/09/2021 4 iles
60 16/09/2021 ST: 6-7 Intervals @ 1 Mile
61 17/09/2021 Rest Day
62 18/09/2021 4 Miles
63 19/09/2021 20 Miles
10 64 20/09/2021 Rest Day
65 21/09/2021 5 Miles
66 22/09/2021 Rest Day
67 23/09/2021 4 Miles (Easy Pace)
68 24/09/2021 Rest Day
69 25/09/2021 4 Miles
70 26/09/2021 10 Miles
11 71 27/09/2021 Rest Day
72 28/09/2021 40 Minutes (Moderate Pace)
73 29/09/2021 20 Minutes (Easy Pace)
74 30/09/2021 20 Minutes (Easy Pace)
75 01/10/2021 Rest Day
76 02/10/2021 Rest Day
77 03/10/2021 Marathon!

 

Some of you may remember that I started a Virtual JOGLE run, which took a bit of a break due to home improvements/inaccessible treadmill/loss of enthusiasm, even though I’d managed to complete over 400 miles and nearly 50% of my planned route.

Not wanting to completely give up on that challenge after all of the effort so far, I’ll be doing my short runs on my treadmill (with the 2% incline set so that they can be used for that challenge too. I should also be able to add my speed training runs (ST in the table above) as these will be run on the treadmill as well.

I’ll aim on doing the longer Sunday runs out and about so they won’t be able to be counted towards the Virtual JOGLE run, but will really help me to get used to running off the treadmill before the 26.2 miles through the streets of London.

As my training progresses I’ll update the table above with the actual training I did.