It’s less than ten weeks until the marathon which is madness because that seems really soon but the year still feels new. Training is going well. I’ve joined the Victoria Park Harriers and go to their interval sessions on Tuesday nights. Last year my training was heavy mileage but I tended to miss the speed work – you need groups and people to chase to do intervals properly (at least I do).
Harriers on a Tuesday has taught me about thresh hold pace and also discover I have one. And every week I surprise myself at how I get a little bit faster and then my longer runs to and from work get the bit faster or feel that bit easier.
This weekend I hit 20 miles which is the longest I have ever run this early into my training but I enjoyed it. And last week I ran 16 miles and I enjoyed it too. I felt strong and got faster at the end, I didn’t feel like I was plodding it still felt rhythmic.
One of the best things is meeting Pippa 3 miles into the long run, hitting the middle part together and separating off at the end to head to our respective houses. It give you those breaks in the distance and makes the miles seem less. This also means running parts just talking which is good practice and sign you can go faster but also times with your headphones – because running to a good song in the sunshine is still one of the best things ever.