So this was it, my final training run.
My original training plan had me going to 18 – 20 miles, but after some time off due to my foot injury I revised it to 15 miles as my final long run. I have to be honest and say I think this was my worst training session of the lot. I’d put back my tapering (cutting down on training) by one week, and decided to do 10km rather than push for 15 miles on the Friday, and moved my final long run to Monday (as I was off).
The training conditions were probably the worst I’ve ever experienced with strong winds and torrential rain. Mentally I think I found it the toughest session for this reason, I was a little apprehensive as to how my foot would hold up and getting soaked in the process wasn’t pleasant!
The funny thing is, my foot was actually fine. My hip was niggling and I decided whilst out to listen to my body and not push things on so I went to half marathon distance (13.1 miles) instead.
Mentally, I really wanted to get to half distance as a minimum. I was disappointed when I got back to “only” hit 13.1 miles but I think I have to look back at how far I’ve come in such a short space of time, and also remind myself that in the space of 8 days I asked my (previously low level of fitness body) to do 10 miles, 4km, 10km and then 13.1 miles and it did it, which is something.
If I can conquer that horrible session, that’s a huge massive mental hurdle for me! This coming week is about resting, sports massage and physio to be in the best shape I possible can. I’m now a mixture of excitement and nerves, as there’s not long to go!
I’ve had some lovely messages from people, both in the form of donations and also with emails, texts etc. I really appreciate all the support, and cannot say thank you enough.
Half marathon training distance.