Saturday, 25 February 2012

Going in the right direction.

Tomorrow (Sunday) represents 10 weeks to go until the Sunderland Marathon.  Good then that I seem to have put all injury niggles from my ankle injury behind me and have put in a very solid and satisfying 75 mile week.   The long runs continue to be my focus and have managed a solid 21 miler last Sunday, a midweek 13 and a long one today of 20 miles.  I opted for my long run today purely for ease of getting it out of the way and will go easy tomorrow as a result.   My aim was a 20 mile with a focus on a slightly quicker pace than previous long runs with the obligatory negative split thrown in.
Managed the 20 with an average pace of 6.29 per mile and a negative split with the first 10 in 65.19 and the second 10 in 64-21.  

I tried out my new hydration pack/bum bag device today with mixed results....great to have energy/water available and went through two small bottles of liquid - much easier to use this than previous weeks where I have had a re-used orange juice pouch (Capri Sun to be precise but other varieties are of course available).   It also felt relatively comfortable and didn't annoy me half as much as I expected it to.  

On the downside I opted for music on the run which I dont often resort to....Set up my ipod with a variety of tunes on a playlist.  Unfortunately I must have repeated various tunes a number of times with the Bruno Mars song "Talking to the Moon" appearing at least five times on the playlist throughout the run....I did however make the same mistake with a classic Bob Dylan number called "Shelter from the Storm" from a version made for the charity album "Japan".    Listening to this song a number of times made me wonder what the guy was on when he wrote this....definitely more than Lucozade Sport I bet!

Well, the deputy walks on hard nails and the preacher rides a mount
But nothing really matters much, it’s doom alone that counts
And the one-eyed undertaker, he blows a futile horn
“Come in,” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm”

Imagine how much that makes you wonder about life 19 miles into a long run! 

Think I will stick to my own company on my long runs in future.

Seems like long runs are going to remain a feature of my running this year as I have entered an October Marathon in the picturesque city of Chester.    As a resident of Chester for a number of years I know the route pretty well and know it is always a great place to go for a weekend.  The Marathon has established itself as a great race and it expected to get in the region of 5000 entries.  

Entries are still open and can be accessed at...

It also has the added bonus of crossing the Welsh Border - Croeso i Cymru as they say!

Happy running all !

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