Bournemouth marathon is now just seven weeks away. That’s four big training weeks and then a three-week taper. It’s starting to seem really close and I’ve got mixed feelings about that. I’m excited to run this race and aim for a PB (under 3:38), but I know I’ll need the next four weeks to get me ready to sustain the pace I want to run at for 26.2 miles.
When I last (unsuccessfully) trained for a marathon PB and the time before that when I trained for Manchester marathon, pace was important to me. I had a designated pace for every run – easy, tempo, interval and long. It was all measured, analysed and agonised over. Not this time.
I remember when I was training for London marathon, turning down an invite from a friend to do our long run together because I had to hit a specific number of minutes per mile and the pace wasn’t compatible with the conversational speed on offer. I missed out of a fun few hours chatting with a friend and also missed out on my goal time.
Training for an autumn marathon means running through summer. Potentially, it means forgoing invites to run with others or to go do other fun things because you’ve got marathon training runs to do. I haven’t wanted to miss out on hanging out with friends – while running or in the pub – so I’ve made a few changes to the way I’m training. Namely, I’ve chilled out about pace.