Marathon Training

Brighton Marathon is fast approaching and it would be a massive lie if I said I wasn't scared shitless. I'm going to be really honest and say I'm really under prepared and it's no one's fault but my own. I always over-commit to things and then end up giving them a bit of a sub par crappy effort instead of my best. It's annoying because it's something I seem do a lot and can't quite learn from. I thought I'd share the mistakes I think I've made in case it helps but also to try and hold myself accountable for the future.

1. Don't over commit
As I said, I always enter too much. In this case, it was the CTS Devon Trail Run. Whilst I had a great time doing it, it wasn't on my marathon plan and the recovery time I needed from it (from not training right for that kind of race!) as well as the injuries I got while running, just threw everything off track. Looking back, it was a bit of a stupid idea as it wasn't going to help me at all. I think next time, I'd stick to road races before a road marathon and try to plan the distances to coincide with what is on the plan.

2. Don't neglect Strength
I have been pretty lax about getting in the gym and doing strength work. I just haven't found time to get it in along with running and work and all of the other life commitments. I know it's something I need to work on as I have weak knees and when I'm tired my form goes and you can see my running down the road looking like an OAP all hunched over.

3. Don't be fair weather
This is my number 1 fail. It was cold- I didn't run. It was dark- I didn't run. It was raining- I didn't run. Next thing I know, it was mid February! I really hope that if I have any more races around this time next year, I will have some more resolve and will be a bit more committed. I just honestly couldn't be bothered some nights after work and a cup of tea and biscuit were just so much more appealing!

4. Stick to the plan
This is the most "well..duh!" of them all. I spent time working out when I'd have to run when and marking out little milestones so it's pretty stupid that I haven't stuck to it. I've been easily swayed by "oh shall we do this tonight" or "don't run, let's go to the gym". So what I should really say is have more willpower than I do and don't sacrifice the bigger goal for what you want in the moment!

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