Day 83: 20 miles!

For the first time during my training I didn’t feel like getting out of bed this morning. It was a murky day outside and I wasn’t feeling the love. But with just a few weeks to go before the big day I didn’t really have much choice in the matter. So it was up, a quick bowl of porridge and banana, a dog walk and off I did trot.

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It was the same route as previously, but with an added couple of miles taking me through Knowle and Catherine de Barnes. This one hurt from about mile 10 but good marathon training I reckon. On several occasions I really could have stopped and walked. Nobody would have seen me (except Strava of course). But I found some determination I didn’t know I had and got round in 3 hours 19 minutes at a 9.57mm pace.

The sides of my knees (IT band I think) are very painful but I’m hoping its just general aches and pains rather than an injury. But it has made me question whether I want to go to 22 miles. I don’t want to run the risk of injury and I’m pretty close to marathon distance – something to consider during the week.

2 thoughts on “Day 83: 20 miles!

  1. Brilliant work! Most plans go up to 20 and stop there, relying on some maintenance. It’s whether you feel confident with your first that you can do the extra 6.2. I know with my subsequent ones I was less worried as I’d done the distance before (and my 31 mile ultra plan only calls for me to do 20 as a long run (but with 10 the NEXT DAY urgh). Have a chat about benign ways you can look after those knee-sides with a physio but nothing massively strengthening, I might say, after my terrible battles this last week (read all on my blog, too dull to recount again). Well done anyway!

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    1. I will be doing no more than 20 Liz! I felt today that the run was doing more harm than good and decided to keep to 20. I feel confident that I can keep going for another hour on Marathon day as long as I take it easy.

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