Two weeks today I will (hopefully) have finished the Boston Marathon and completed all six World Major Marathons.
My last post was after I had been officially accepted and before any training had been started; I was expecting a slow start considering my lack of running over a period of 9 months, but as with previous breaks before (admittedly only breaks of 4-6 weeks), I was thinking I would find some form and get close to where I was before… how wrong could I have been!!
To say I had lost ALL my running fitness wouldn’t be far from the truth, but to be fair I was being stupid to think I wouldn’t have. 96.9 miles over 25 runs in 9 months is hardly great training!
My first run of 5km on 4th Jan was a real eye opener; I was looking how far I still had to go only ¼ of a mile in and blowing out of my arse the whole way… and things haven’t gotten much better 😀
I have used my ginger stubbornness to grind it out though and I’m at the stage where I have done all the long runs I’m going to and I just need to keep things ticking over until the big day. I have only managed one 20 miler in those runs and I’m glad I got it out the way when I did as the next week it was a struggle to complete 15 miles. My last couple of short runs have been in sunny, warmish weather and running has finally felt nice (sort of) again… the previous 3 months have been pretty shitty weather wise.
I don’t know if a little bit of the training struggle has been down to a change of location, it certainly is a lot hillier around where I live with Mrs D than it was in the Stotfold flatlands?! But then the extra couple of stone of padding has probably not helped either, haha.
Here I am though, 245 miles and 3 months in, my legs complaining a lot but hanging in there with a fair amount of sports massage help from my physio and some
hippy shit reiki from my wonderful wife, ready to finish what I started 5 years ago; doing it in style with upper class flights and luxury hotels in Boston… and New York as we’ll be coming home via a train journey and a few nights in the big apple.
I’m in Brighton this weekend with Mrs D and my in-laws as my sister in law is running the Brighton Marathon to raise some money for the Stroke Association (for Mrs D)… all donations gratefully received https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lucy-Bence
I’ll be running the 10km race that starts before the Marathon and then hopping the barrier to do a few miles with my sister-in-law to get her through a rough part of the course… she did it last year… and with being at work the rest of the 10 days before we fly out to the States, that will pretty much be it for me running wise. I’ll just have a sports massage the day before we leave, where no doubt my sadist of a sports physio will enjoy stretching my IT bands for me!!!!
And then what?
Well running wise; I do have an entry in to the London Marathon that I have just deferred to 2018; will I do it? I honestly don’t know right now! I haven’t enjoyed this training and I’m not sure I can cope with another winter of running. I’m telling myself I’ll carry on running through the summer, in the nice weather, but I could also see myself just enjoying life instead. I will also be spending time on our house getting it ready for a new arrival… yes, there is going to be a little Dring entering the world towards the end of September 😀
That itself has been a bit of a rollercoaster in the middle of training. We found out we were expecting at the end of January, but then due to some complications and a big dose of hospital incompetence, there were a couple of weeks in February where we had lost our baby! But lo and behold the stubborn little bugger had been there all along and another scan revealed a healthy heartbeat… with stubbornness like that, he/she has got to be a ginger surely?! I’m trying to convince Mrs D that he should be called Jesus if it’s a boy 😉
So my road racing career may be coming to a conclusion, but it looks like I will have my hands full running around after our son or daughter in the not too distant future and that sounds pretty perfect to me!