Its that time of year...am I in or am I not in? I decided not to enter 2012 London Marathon through the ballot and chase a qualifying time which I acheived at Chester way back in May (74.47 for the Half) so all the talk about Marathon Magazine (Congratulations vs Comiserations) are passing me by.
I last did the London Marathon in 2000 and throroughly enjoyed the experience finishing in a modest 2-48.56....at the finish I was in quite a bit of pain and ended up not running for six weeks or more as I recovered from a hamstring injury. I've since entered in the ballot a few times and been unsucessful then got in for 2009 only to be struck down with sciatica early January and not run a step (apart from a few "test jogs" for a good six weeks. Deferred my entry for 2010 only to get knocked off my bike and ruin the winter training (essential for a good marathon). 2011 I didn't bother entering thinking I would save myself for a big effort to get in as a vet in 2012.
I like the idea of doing a marathon again (have only done two with my last one in 2005). Trouble is I dont mind the training but have had such a great year this year with going well in the relays, returning to the track for some 5000s and making some great progress again over 5km and 10km that I think a Marathon will take over my running focus from January to May (given a decent build up and adequate recovery) that I will miss the opportunity to have a decent crack at the shorter stuff early in the year.
Tonights session was a bit of the short sharp stuff to make a change from the longer intervals and tempo type efforts that have been the focus over the past few weeks. Forgot how tough a 12 x 400m session is! A reminder that you need to keep a bit of short stuff in your schedule every now and again. Not a spectacular session but averaged around 75 seconds (5 min miling) for the majority of efforts. Felt like summer was back - hard to think the cross country season starts a week on Sunday! Now where are those spikes!