Target 26.2 - First Timer Steve's Journey to Paris

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  • Not sure why my posts are not showing, I have just posted 3 and show that they are posted on my forum/lastest posts so will come back on later and check and may be being delayed for some reason! I have re-posted twice so think I will come back on later and see if they have magically appeared, this may of course also not post!

  • Hi Ruth

    I've been using the High5 gels without water...which may explain why my tongue gets stuck to the roof of my mouth after I've had one! image

  • First time I've heard a bus as a training partner. Sometimes you just need that extra motivation!!

  • Sounds like a very hectic week Steve. At least it coincided with a reasonably light week of training. I ended up with food poisoning on Thursday evening (after a lovely romantic meal out)! Didn't feel quite as romantic when I was retching on the bathroom floor image - was out for the count till gone lunchtime yesterday after that.

    So not too big a run tomorrow to conclude the cutback week - and I'll be having a look at your feedback/paces for previous 4 weeks before posting the next block.image

  • Hi Steve,

    Here is the next four weeks of training. I haven't had feedback on paces for last couple of weeks - would be good to get that but I've currently left paces as they are. This block takes us to peak long run at end of week 12.

    Let me know how it's all feeling. You'll see I've put guideline pace/goal for the half marathon at Dorney. The ultimate goal is 1.45, but given that your PB is 1.52, I figured that anything sub 1.50 would be fab, so have given pace guidelines for that. Recommend starting a little conservatively and then pushing pace once you've got a few miles under belt. And you'll have opportunity to try gel strategy and the mini carb load. Excitingimage

     

    Week 9 w/c 11th February
    Monday REST OR CROSS TRAINING (can swap Mon/Tues)
    Tuesday 6 MILE COMFORTABLE PLUS 3 X ACCELERATION STRIDES
    Wednesday 2 MILES COMFORTABLE TO WARM UP then 3 x acceleration strides then 4 x 800m in 3.16-3.24 per rep with 3 min jog between each. 1 MILE COMFORTABLE (6 MILES)
    Thursday REST OR LOW IMPACT CROSS TRAINING
    Friday: 4 MILE JOG PLUS 3 x accel strides
    Saturday RACE YOUR PACE HALF MARATHON DORNEY LAKE plus w-up/c-down (15) GOAL IS 1.45 to 1.49, with pace range of 8-8.19 per mile)
    Sunday REST
    MILEAGE 31

    Week 10 w/c 18th February
    Monday 5 MILE JOG
    Tuesday REST OR CROSS TRAINING
    Wednesday 6 MILE BUILD-UP (From 8.40-7.50)
    Thursday REST
    Friday 5 MILE COMFORTABLE + 4 X ACCEL STRIDES
    Saturday REST
    Sunday LONG RUN 17 MILES: 7 MILE @ 10.05, 5 @ 9.35, 5@ 9.05-9.10 (17 MILES)
    MILEAGE 34

    Week 11 w/c 25th February
    Monday REST OR NON IMPACT CROSS TRAINING
    Tuesday 4 MILE JOG
    Wednesday 2 MILES WARM UP THEN 4 MILES FAST (TEMPO) 1 MILE EASY (7)
    Thursday REST
    Friday: 5 MILES COMFORTABLE
    Saturday TRAINING DAY (5km time trial plus other - APPROX 7 MILES)
    Sunday REST
    MILEAGE 23

    Week 12 w/c 4th March
    Monday 4 MILE JOG
    Tuesday 2 MILE COMFORTABLE then 3 x acceleration strides then 4 x 800m in 3.16-3.24 per rep with 3 min jogs in between each then 2 x 400m (in 1.34-1.38) with 2 min jog between reps. 1 MILE COMFORTABLE (6.5 MILES)
    Wednesday 4 MILE COMFORTABLE PLUS 3 X ACCELERATION STRIDES
    Thursday REST
    Friday 4 MILE STEADY
    Saturday REST
    Sunday LONG RUN: 19-20 MILES COMFORTABLE
    MILEAGE 37.5

     

  • Kandinsky wrote (see)
    Steve loves bacon wrote (see)
    but it glows on you after a while and it's easy to find in the dark! 

    So it's contagious too image

    Totally agree with you remarks about following a proper training plan, previously I've only worried about building up my distance but this year I've been watching my times drop on an almost weekly basis.

    Of course that could just be down to the fact I'm tying my laces properly now!image

    Keep up the good work.

    Hahaha I actually went back to check if I'd made a typo there!

    Definitely - a structured plan with specific goals for each run has helped so, so, so much. I think after Paris I might kidnap Sam and set her to work writing me training plans for the next year or so... Reckon I would have a fair shot at the 2016 Olympics ...

    Glad your training is going so well - it really does help so much hearing how everyone else is getting on! When is your next race?

  • hannah s wrote (see)

    HI Steve

    I've been following your progress over the past few weeks with increasing awe! I ran Paris 2 years ago (long story!!) and am training now for London, and you seem to be doing some fabulous sessions - way speedier than me - and doing so well fitting it in with your busy lifestyle. I've got a half next weekend (Portsmouth) and am hoping to do it in some 1.50 (PB - post child is 1.40), but I've been injured and am still a long way off that. Anyway, I thought I'd just pop up and say hi - and I'm majorly impressed (are you sure you're not hiding your superman cape somewhere?)

    Hi Hannah,

    Wow, thank you so much for such a lovely comment! I hope you have a fantastic run in London - I've already decided that I am definitely going to run it next year.

    You say I'm speedier than you but my half marathon PB is only 1:52!! Who's speedy now??image

    Please let me know how you get on at the Portsmouth half. I have the Dorney Lake half on Saturday - is that the same day?

  • RUTH MCKEAN wrote (see)

    Steve

    Why don't you stick to SIS GO gels as they do a caffeine one and non caffeine variety (they are otherwise exactly the same). They have 50mg of caffeine in each gel so you could have up to 4 of these in the marathon so perhaps use as last 4 gels? and the others as non-caffeine GO gels. For next weekend use the caffeine one's to see how these feel. Sweet potatoes looks amazing - chef, lawyer, athlete and dad - wow!

    Hi Ruth,

    I didn't realise they did caffeine ones too - I found the non-caffeine ones in the local Tesco (I have been assured they are also horse-free) in the medicines/healthy vitamin aisle but they didn't have any others... But yesterday I went to the same store and found that in the fitness/sports equipment aisle, they have the caffeine ones there! BIzarre.

    So I have grabbed a load and I will debut them at Dorney Lake next weekend. Looking forward to the rocket fuel!

    As for the sweet potatoes, they really were tasty... I could get used to this healthy-eating lark! Haha stop it, you're making me blush.

  • RUTH MCKEAN wrote (see)

    Steve

    Just something to consider for your "dress rehearsal" next weekend is timing of breakfast. I spoke with runner’s world to get an idea of when you are likely to be leaving hotel on 7th April (morning of Paris marathon just in case you forgot!). This is probably going to be around 7am for your 8.45am start so perhaps you will need to be at breakfast for 6am so that this can be relaxed meal. So for your  half next weekend which starts at 10am perhaps you want to consider also sitting down to having breakfast at 2hr 45 mins but this allows a much more civilised time of  7.15pm! All snacks after this should be same as for Paris.

    Thanks for the advice re breakfast... It is going to be very early for me anyway as Dorney Lake is a good hour and a half away from me so I am going to be up nice and early in any event! It will interesting to give it all a dress-rehearsal and I'm looking forward to trying out the carb loading...

  • sarah asics pro team wrote (see)

    First time I've heard a bus as a training partner. Sometimes you just need that extra motivation!!

    Haha well I'm nothing if not innovative! Are there buses in Paris during the marathon, do you know? If so, I think I might just snag the world record!

    In other news, my hamstring has been feeling pretty good since you went to work on it so thank you so much for that. I have been keeping up with the stretching and core work that you recommended so we'll see how it holds up but so far, so good. It's almost like you know what you are doingimage

  • SamMurphyRuns wrote (see)

    Sounds like a very hectic week Steve. At least it coincided with a reasonably light week of training. I ended up with food poisoning on Thursday evening (after a lovely romantic meal out)! Didn't feel quite as romantic when I was retching on the bathroom floor image - was out for the count till gone lunchtime yesterday after that.

    So not too big a run tomorrow to conclude the cutback week - and I'll be having a look at your feedback/paces for previous 4 weeks before posting the next block.image

    Hi Sam,

    Oh no, that's awful! And I've just sent you an email asking how your weekend was! Hope you are fully recovered now - food poisoning really is horrible image

    I have finally got round to sending you my distances/paces for the past two weeks (sorry, slapped wrist well and truly deserved).

    Thanks for posting the next four weeks of training - I am going to post today's run in a minute but the short version is that I ran well above the "comfortable" pace I was supposed to run and felt... comfortable. I actually felt really good so I would like, if you don't think it is too much, to try 8 minute-miling and see what is left in the tank after 10 miles or so. After how I felt on today's run, I think I may even be able to push up the pace a little by then... Yes, I know, I am stupidly optimistic image

  • Training - Week 8

    Friday - 4 MILES STEADY ON HILLY ROUTE

    Actual – no run

    My week has pretty much gone from busy to absolutely manic. I ended up having to put this run off and hope that I had time to squeeze it in on Saturday so Friday ended up being an unscheduled rest day. I have been a bit all over the place and not sticking to the schedule particularly well for the past three weeks so I only hope I can get back on track as I head into week 9! A few things have got sorted out now so hopefully things will settle down a bit and I can focus back in on running a bit more!!

     

    Saturday – REST

    Actual – no run

    Unfortunately, Saturday just didn't work at all running-wise and I genuinely didn't even have time to think about running, let alone squeeze in an actual run! So I ended up having to concede defeat and resign myself to missing the run I was supposed to do on Friday... This will definitely not become a habit and, although there was very little I could have done and I genuinely cannot see how I could have fitted it in, I am a little angry at myself about missing it.

     

    Sunday - 7 MILES COMFORTABLE

    Actual – 9 MILES

    Given that I had missed a run and so would be a few miles short this week, not to mention missing out on a few hills, I decided to make this run a little longer than is on the plan. I only added on a couple of miles as I was very conscious of not wanting to tire myself out for Dorney Lake next weekend – this is supposed to be a cutback week after all!

    So I thought I would do a nice 9 mile run and I also sought out and pulverised a couple of hills to try and get some of the benefits of the hill session that I missed as well.

    Overall, it was actually a really great and I enjoyed it a huge amount. The last three weeks has really been stressful and that has impacted a bit on my running I think – when I look at my recent posts, it is the first time I have been anything but positive and annoyingly optimistic (!) and there was one run in particular where, if I hadn’t had to post on here, I totally wouldn’t have bothered getting out the door... After the last two days above and actually missing a run for no ‘good’ reason like being ill or injured but just from not having time I thought it was high time to just go out and run for one of the main reasons I have always run... because it is fun!

    I wanted to go out and not worry about the watch, not worry about what runs I have or have not done over the last three weeks, not worry about work and not worry about anything but having a smile on my face. So I set out with just running “comfortable” in mind and, whilst I had the (now infamous) watch with me, I really didn’t pay very much attention to it at all.

    And, you know what, after 8 weeks of paying so much attention to pace and split times, it was really nice to have just one run where I just completely listened to my body and did what felt good. I did, therefore, do the run outside the pace that the plan said that I should but Sam I hope you don’t mind because, apart from a minor blip that I will come on to, I did enjoy it hugely and came home with a massive smile on my face. I really did feel like it did me the power of good and I feel seriously enthusiastic about the half marathon next weekend now as well.

    So. The run.

    As I said, I just went out for a run – it was really liberating to just go and have a blast and I didn’t plan a course or have anything in mind before I started.

    It had been drizzling all morning but it really wasn’t that bad, although the wind was a

    ...

  • little cold. I did spend the first mile or two wishing I had put some gloves on but after that I pretty much stopped noticing. I decided to have some music on this run and I was glad I did because I had forgotten to charge my watch and it died after a few miles... as my music was on my phone, I was able to use a running app on my phone to track the rest of the run – stroke of luck!

    The run was great fun and I just did the whole happy Labrador thing and ran, hurdled puddles, sploshed through the small lakes that were too big to jump and generally got muddy as hell without caring one bit. As I said, I also hit a hill or two and, strange as it may sound, enjoyed the exertion – I don’t think they really affected my pace at all.

    Now for the blip. I was running though the park at around five and a quarter miles, happily hurdling puddles and whizzing past geese and ducks. I ran past a little fishing lake and the path then turned, passed over a small stream that feeds the lake and went on to another part of the park. The stream has a wooden bridge going over it and I ran over. Straight after the bridge was an almost 90 degree turn and, as I made the turn, I completely lost my footing on the slippery wood and I went down like a concrete elephant. I did hit the ground really hard and made a fantastic comedy “ooof” noise – I remember seeing my Powerade going flying off into the bushes and out of sight and being really gutted about this!

    I got back up in a considerable amount of pain and carried on then stopped as soon as I got to some clean water to wash the worst of the mud off of my hands, which were bleeding a fair bit. I ended up with pretty bad grazes on my knee and forearm and a small but fairly deep cut on one hand. I was also completely caked in mud!

    Here's the knee looking rather lovely before the blood really started flowing!

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    But I carried on and it wasn’t actually too bad – maybe a bit of adrenaline or something as I finished the run actually going faster than before the fall! I did a get a few odd looks on the rest of the run though, with mud splattered all over me and blood dripping down my leg!

    Anyway, blip aside, I had a great time and the pace I ran and how easy it felt has left me feeling really positive for Dorney Lake next week. My knee has swollen up a fair bit this evening and doesn’t feel the greatest but it doesn’t seem to have affected the mobility particularly and, at the end of the day, I had a great time! I also felt like I could have gone further and that wasn’t with the benefit of any gels... another reason to be positive for Dorney Lake.

    Here are the mile splits:

    Mile 1 – 7:58

    Mile 2 – 8:10

    Mile 3 – 7:49

    Mile 4 – 7:51

    Mile 5 – 7:43

    Mile 6 – 8:38 (the fall did slow me down a bit!)

    Mile 7 – 7:35

    Mile 8 – 7:35

    Mile 9 – 7:23

  • Steve - hope knee is okay or at least rapidly healing?

    PAUL FORDE wrote (see)

    Hi Ruth

    I've been using the High5 gels without water...which may explain why my tongue gets stuck to the roof of my mouth after I've had one! image

    The advice is usually to take 200ml of water with each of these gels!

  • I always thought "Blood, sweat and tears" was supposed to be a euphemism!

    My next race is the Brentwood Half Marathon on the 23rd March and I'm hoping to let the RW 1:45 pacer drag me around!

    After that I've got the Halstead Marathon on 12th May so I've only go a narrow window between them to ramp up the Sunday LSRs and get the endurance up.

    So whilst neither come with the glamour or prestige of Paris and I don't have my own handpicked team of experts (although that's more of a relief when I think of what Ruth would make of my diet) it's been great keeping tabs on your progress and picking up some cracking tips along the way.

  • How's the knee doing, Steve?

    I'm assuming you mean in the half mara next wkd when you say you'd like to try 8 min miling, as opposed to Paris?image Yep, fine - it's the high end of the pace bracket suggested. I guess what I'm saying with the pace bracket is that even if you ran at the outside edge of it, you'd still be on target, so not to panic about not clocking dead on 8 for every mile.

    Also meant to say, if you fancied an easy run (4 miles jog/comfortable) today, you'd be fine to add that in given that you have just had an easy week and missed Friday's run. But it's not essential by any means - just if you were itching to get out! image

  • Kandinsky wrote (see)

    I always thought "Blood, sweat and tears" was supposed to be a euphemism!

    My next race is the Brentwood Half Marathon on the 23rd March and I'm hoping to let the RW 1:45 pacer drag me around! After that I've got the Halstead Marathon on 12th May so I've only go a narrow window between them to ramp up the Sunday LSRs and get the endurance up. So whilst neither come with the glamour or prestige of Paris and I don't have my own handpicked team of experts (although that's more of a relief when I think of what Ruth would make of my diet) it's been great keeping tabs on your progress and picking up some cracking tips along the way.

    My friend and I were going to enter the Brentwood Half before I entered this comp! Do you do the parkruns? I'm getting a little antsy as RunnyRunRun and Shady-Ady have both run stonking 5ks this weekend so I'm seriously considering begging and pleading with Sam to do another parkrun... Is the Chelmsford course any good? The Southend one is really nice and flat.

    Hope you get the 1:45 - that's my goal too...

    Glad you're finding it so useful - I can't believe how much I learned already! And Ruth is a pussy cat when you get to know her image

  • SamMurphyRuns wrote (see)

    How's the knee doing, Steve?

    I'm assuming you mean in the half mara next wkd when you say you'd like to try 8 min miling, as opposed to Paris?image Yep, fine - it's the high end of the pace bracket suggested. I guess what I'm saying with the pace bracket is that even if you ran at the outside edge of it, you'd still be on target, so not to panic about not clocking dead on 8 for every mile. Also meant to say, if you fancied an easy run (4 miles jog/comfortable) today, you'd be fine to add that in given that you have just had an easy week and missed Friday's run. But it's not essential by any means - just if you were itching to get out! image

    Hi Sam,

    Yes, the knee is ok thanks - the graze is nothing but I did bash it quite hard and there's a lump like a golf ball on it! It felt fine when I was out running today and although it has stiffened up a bit this evening, it feels alright, considering!

    Haha well.... alright then. 8 minute miling for the half and not in Paris! image You must have realised by now that I see the high end of the pace brackets you set me as a target to be beaten and not a guide to stick within - I don't even look to see what the lower end of the bracket is half the timeimage

    I'm hoping I'll have enough in the tank to be somewhere in the 7s for the last three miles or so... Will have to see how I feel on the day.

    If I'm running at 8m/m and feeling good and strong, when would you recommend I should up the pace a little? I don't want to up it too soon and burn out but I really do feel in good shape after the 9 miles and spent virtually all of that in the 7s...

    Also... Pleeeeease can I do another parkrun? I'm itching to go under 21mins! I'll be good and stick to my pacings if you let me. Well. Near my pacings, anywayimage

  • Week 9

    Here is what Sam has in store for me for week 9 - obviously the big, interesting day in there is the half marathon on Saturday. I'm looking forward to it for a number of reasons, as I'll be going for a PB, I'll be trying out my eating strategy for Paris, giving the gels another really good try out, meeting up with RRR, Ady and Mel again and generally just having a great day!

    SamMurphyRuns wrote (see)

    Week 9 w/c 11th February
    Monday REST OR CROSS TRAINING (can swap Mon/Tues)
    Tuesday 6 MILE COMFORTABLE PLUS 3 X ACCELERATION STRIDES
    Wednesday 2 MILES COMFORTABLE TO WARM UP then 3 x acceleration strides then 4 x 800m in 3.16-3.24 per rep with 3 min jog between each. 1 MILE COMFORTABLE (6 MILES)
    Thursday REST OR LOW IMPACT CROSS TRAINING
    Friday: 4 MILE JOG PLUS 3 x accel strides
    Saturday RACE YOUR PACE HALF MARATHON DORNEY LAKE plus w-up/c-down (15) GOAL IS 1.45 to 1.49, with pace range of 8-8.19 per mile)
    Sunday REST
    MILEAGE 31 


    Let's see how we get on!

     

  • Week 9 - Training

    Monday - REST DAY

    Actual - 4 MILE COMFORTABLE

    Because I missed Friday's run, what with one thing and another, I got permission from the boss to go out for a bonus run this evening... I didn't need asking twice!

    I had another tiring day today - we had to go to a Court which was about an hour and a half away from the office but, due to the rather unexpected snow, it took us three hours to get there. We were an hour late for the hearing. The judge was not best pleased! We also had to travel a total of 42 stops on the tube there and back - I counted out of sheer boredom - and it was pretty hard keeping my eyes open (and that's not even counting getting into and out of London).

    So I was in the mood to go out and pound the streets for a bit when I got home. One of the main reasons I love running so much is how much better you feel after a run. So many people who don't run ask me how I can do it, saying how it must knacker me out so much...

    When I tell them that I actually generally feel better and have more energy after a run, especially a comfortable one like today, they just think I'm either:

    (a) dumb;

    (b) mad; or

    (c) all of the above.

    Whilst that may not be too far from the truth, it doesn't change the fact that running really does make you feel great!

    So the run today was nice, although I did end up bleeding a bit more. That's twice in two days now... I can't wait for tomorrow!! image

    My running shoes were, for some reason, still really wet from the run the day before (Kneegate) and so I pulled my old trainers on as I was only doing what basically amounted to a quick jog. It seems as though my shoe was somehow pushing one of my toes into another one and the nail from that toe really cut into the side of the other one. I noticed it at about 2.5 miles but, as I was doing an 'out and back' route, there wasn't really a lot I could do but put up with it until I got home.

    Cue another pic of a wound:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BC2FCCjCQAIUBu6.jpg:large

    Someone on twitter said that my tweets were starting to look like a war film!

     I also had a rather large dog come pouncing at me and he was barely held back by some kid sat at a bus stop who looked about 14. I really did think at one point that the dog was just going to drag the kid along after him... I therefore bravely decided to take evasive action and ran in the road for a bitimage

    The four miles turned out as follows:

    Mile 1 - 8:27

    Mile 2 - 8:37

    Mile 3 - 8:34

    Mile 4 - 8:24

    As this was a bit of a bonus run, I wasn't too slavish with checking the watch so they are not as consistent as they have been on some of the runs I've done, but at least I managed to remember to charge the watch this time!

    My knee felt ok after the fall. It does have an impressive lump but that didn't seem to have too much effect although now it has stiffened up just a little. I'm sure it's nothing that a good night's sleep won't cure image

    A nice recovery jog awaits tomorrow...

  • I almost forgot, just to add to the weekend's frivolities, I went to a 90s themed birthday party on Saturday (I was a very good boy, I might add. I only had one beer and I also made sure that I ate before I went as I knew they were buying Chinese for everyone - Ruth, you should be very proud of me!!).

    As I know you all love a good photo, here's a couple of me looking like a complete pratt dressed up as Vanilla Ice...

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     Who says I don't take my training seriously??image

  • Have you considered cutting your toe nails??  Might help towards preventing injury! image

  • Well if you're going to come up with a simple, sensible solution...image

    It's never happened before so I think it must have been the old running shoes that did it... but, needless to say, I cut them as short as was humanly possible as soon as I got home! image

  • The simple solutions are usually the bestimage  

    I have been subject to that particular injury before, but usually as a result of spending hours dancing in 4 inch heeled shoes with pointy toes.... I usually cut my nails before they can cause a problem in my nice comfy running shoes image

  • Well I wasn't going to admit that I ran in 4 inch heeled shoes but...

  • Nah, ur in Essex... Probably espadrilles!
  • you've had an eventful few days Steve!

    On the subject of toe nails, I would just like to report that for the first time in a long while I actually have 10! and they are not black either!! image

  • Week 9 - Training

    Tuesday - 6 MILE COMFORTABLE (8:40 - 9:30M/M) then 3x ACCELERATION STRIDES

    Actual - 7 MILES then 3X ACCELERATION STRIDES

    Well after all the excitement, slips, trips and falls of the last few days... there is very little to report this evening!

    I went out with the intention of doing 6 miles, as per the training plan, but I must have misjudged the route a bit and 6 miles beeped on the watch when I was still ages away from home. It was chuffing cold out and I didn't fancy a long walk home so I carried on and the watch was just ticking over 6.6 miles as I reached the end of my street. I carried on down the road a bit to bring it to a nice, rounded 7 miles then did the acceleration strides on the way back to the house.

    The run went fine and, I am delighted to report, I was 100% blood free today!

    I ran the seven miles in a total time of 57:55 meaning an overall pace of 8:16 minutes per mile. That pace felt nice and comfortable and I didn't feel like I was working particularly hard although the route I ran was pretty flat so I wasn't trying to force myself up huge hills or anything!

    The individual miles worked out as follows:

    Mile 1 - 8:40

    Mile 2 - 8:24

    Mile 3 - 8:11

    Mile 4 - 8:13

    Mile 5 - 8:21

    Mile 6 - 8:14

    Mile 7 - 7:51

    Having got home and got dinner out of the way, I sat down with a rather pleasing pancake. In deference to Ruth and my new, healthy eating regime, I did have some banana with it. I'm not sure it was entirely healthy, though, as the banana did drown in the copious amounts of honey poured on top. Bloody nice it was too.

    So, on to the track tomorrow for some 800m reps which I am really looking forward to!

    I may not blast through them at completely 100% because I don't want to be too fatigued for Saturday, but I will definitely go and have a bit of fun on the track.

    As for Saturday, I must confess to feeling pretty much equal amounts of excitement and nervousness... I have only ever done two half marathons and I'm not entirely sure how it is going to work out! Running at these kinds of paces is all so new to me and so it I am heading a little bit into the unknown.

    At the end of the day, I can only (and will) do my best, give it 100% and see where that takes me. I am sure I am in close to or better than PB shape and hopeful I can at least get close to the 1:45 goal Sam has set me. There is, of course, only one way to find out and I can't wait to get there, meet up with the other Target 26.2 runners and get started.

  • Angela Isherwood 2 wrote (see)
    Nah, ur in Essex... Probably espadrilles!

    Haha! I love a bit of chav chic...

  • jenf wrote (see)

    you've had an eventful few days Steve!

    On the subject of toe nails, I would just like to report that for the first time in a long while I actually have 10! and they are not black either!! image

    Hi Jen, how have you been? Training going well??

    Yes, it was a relief to just go for a run and come home in one piece today!image

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