My marathon running order

I’m not sure I’m cut out to do a marathon.  Which is a bit of a bitch given that I’ve entered into the ballot for LDN 2010.

I decided to get off my lazy arse last Sunday lunchtime while my daughter slept (which I just mis-typed spelt), and ran 6.32km in 32m 55s.  It was my first outing in twelve months, and I ran too far, too fast.

I spent the afternoon hacking and went downhill from there.  A visit to the doctor on Thursday morning equipped me with steroids and antibiotics, and fingers crossed they’re doing the trick, along with the ibuprofen, Lemsip and Strepsils.  Today is the first day I’ve felt good since.  Not great, but good.  But don’t speak to me.  My face is still hiding a wealth of ghastly goo that makes me sound like Monica in The One With Rachel’s Sister.  I’m fine-d!

Anyway, I was thinking.  If I am one of the “lucky” ones who gets selected in the ballot, I’ll run it (mentally) in the following order:

It would be very painful to do it in the reverse order, finishing four stints of 10km only then to have to do a further 2km, only to find you’ve still got 194m to run.

It’ll be tough to think of it that way, particularly with the big milestone banners throughout the route of the course.  But they’re probably all in miles, so maybe easier to ignore if I work in kilometres.


One Response to “My marathon running order”

  1. Rob on May 10th, 2009 11:59

    No, no… clearly you will have done this distance many times during training so you run the first half like it’s another training run. So no big deal at all when you get to half way.

    Then you tell yourself it’s all downhill from there.

    Then with 10Km to go you up the pace as no doubt you’ve been saving yourself for a sprint finish.

    Easy as!

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