240 miles over 24 days in September in the bag...less than two weeks until the Chester Marathon (13 days to be precise!) and I am definitely starting to "tune in" to my marathon pace.
After a sluggish start to the marathon training my September has looked like this...
1st Sept - am steady 6 miles @ 6-45 pace. pm: 4 miles @ 6-30 pace
2nd Sept - 17 miles approx 6-55 pace
3rd Sept - easy 4 mile recovery am. pm: treadmill 5km in 18.34
4th Sept - easy 3 miles am. pm: 4.5 miles @ 6-30 pace
5th Sept - Easy jog am. pm Coast Road 5km in 16.56 (4th)
6th Sept - am: 3 miles steady. pm: off road 6 miles
7th Sept - easy 4 recovery run
8th Sept - 10 miles steady @ 6-12 pace
9th Sept - 21 miles @ 6-50 pace
10th Sept - easy jog am. pm: Treadmill 5km in 19:00
11th Sept - am 3 miles steady. pm 8 x 800m @ 10km pace
12th Sept - 5 miles hilly run @ marathon pace.
13th Sept - am steady 3 miles @ 7-15 pace. pm Woods run 6 miles @ 7 min miling
14th Sept - Easy 3 miles am. pm: 6 miles @ 7 min miling
15th Sept - Park run (18:15) followed by 10 miles @ 6-12 pace
16th Sept - 20 miles @ 7 min miling followed by 3 miles @ marathon pace
17th Sept - 4 miles hard @ 6-06 pace
18th Sept - am: easy 3 miles. pm 6 x 1 mile @ sub 6 minute miling with a 400m jog recovery.
19th Sept - Easy recovery run @ 7-30 miling.
20th Sept - Easy 3 miles am. pm Hilly run - 6 miles @ 6-35 miling
21st Sept - Easy 3 miles am. Pm; Treadmill 5km in 19:05
22nd Sept - park run (17:38) followed by 10 miles @ 6-10 pace
23rd Sept - 20 miles long run @ 6-38 miling.
24th Sept - Easy 3 miles am. pm: Treadmill 5km in 18.51.
Time to ease down a bit now and enjoy some taper time. The race pack has arrived and my racing shoes are primed.
Build up wise this one has not been easy and compared to my build up to the Marathon of the North I should not be thinking about a pb at Chester but maybe I peaked a bit too early with my long runs before MofN. I definitely feel I am coming into marathon form just at the right time and Im hoping that the long runs that are in the bag will see me through the 26 miles.
The long runs have got easier, the marathon pace feels more comfortable and the recovery needed between sessions is minimal...I'm almost there!
I just hope these guys dont take me down in the last mile as I try and breach the city walls!