Week sixteen - otherwise known as race week. This week has felt odd in many ways. I arrived back from America on Tuesday after supporting my friend run the Boston Marathon, and then had to suddenly switch my mind to thinking about my own race on Sunday. Physically I have felt fine, and have not really suffered too much from the effects of jet lag etc. Mentally I have found it difficult just to put my time in Boston to one side so quickly and, I guess you could say, move on. Then throw into this mix that it is a huge taper week and I suddenly find myself with barely any miles to do and a whole lot of (over)thinking time... give me a 50+ mile week any day!
MONDAY: Rest Day
TUESDAY: after a long day of travelling, having left America late Monday night and arrived back at my familiar front door today at 4.30pm, I felt weary. I took myself out for steady 4 mile run though which helped to normalise me a little, especially treading on some familiar paths.
WEDNESDAY: another 4 miles, this time with some short intervals mixed in; 10 x 200m with 200m recoveries. This felt fine and served a purpose to freshen both my mind and my legs up a little.
THURSDAY: my last run pre-marathon - a steady paced 3 miles, which seemed like it as over before I had even started!
FRIDAY: Rest Day
That's it. Tomorrow I head down to London and will brave the Expo to collect my all important race number. Then Sunday I run 26.2 miles through the streets of the capital.
I am nervous, I am excited, I am determined, and I am also a little sad. Nerves and excitement are a typical pre-marathon feeling; you cannot fail to feel a little anxious about the prospect of running that far, but the experience itself also excites me. I am determined to enjoy my day; I have a time in mind (sub 4 hours please!) but I am not willing to sacrifice this for the sake of embracing the wonderful event that is the London Marathon. I am also a little sad as after Sunday it means my London Marathon journey will be over; I will miss having that goal, I will miss the focus of training and I will even miss the ridiculously long Sunday runs! It will not be my last marathon of course, and I will get to experience this all again for a different race, but it feels like a chapter of my life is closing which I do not really want to end!
I will finish by saying a massive 'thank you' to all those who have supported me throughout my marathon training, and those who have additionally supported my charity Project Africa Athletics with your kind donations. I am also sending a massive 'Good Luck' message to all other London Marathon runners - enjoy every moment of this special race!
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