Where Am I?

After the beautiful Spring-like weather of a couple of weeks ago, we've been unceremoniously plunged back into Winter. Yesterday's Sewerby parkrun was a wet and windy affair, with gale-force winds along the cliff tops. And today was no better, with reports of snow falling, just 5 or 10 miles down the road. 

Today, my London Marathon training schedule called for a 16-mile run, the longest yet. A quick check of the weather forecast for today offered me a choice: up to a 90% chance of rain in the morning, but relatively calm; or sunny but pretty windy in the afternoon.

Against my natural inclinations to have a lie-in, I opted for the morning showers and was on the road at 7:55 a.m. As anyone who knows me can attest, this was almost a superhuman effort... I'm not normally out and about at that time unless I have a plane to catch!

I think I made the right choice. Although it was cold and misty, I didn't encounter any real rain until about mile 14, by which time the wind was also getting up... and I was running into it. But for the most part it was quite an easy run (if running 16+ miles can ever be called "easy"!).

The run panned out at a little over 161/3 miles, which I think is about the most I've ever done without taking a walking break. Although I've completed three previous marathons, I've always had to resort to a bit of 'Jeffing' (or 'run a bit, walk a bit, repeat).

So with almost three months of training completed, and my longest 'long run' under my belt, I thought it was time to take stock and ask myself, "Where am I?"

I'm following an 18-week training plan with an ambitious goal of running a sub-5-hour marathon, and here's where I'm at... a few boring statistics:

  • I've completed 11 weeks of the 18-week training plan, with only minor adjustments to the schedule;
  • I've run 373.22 miles, which is about 5% above the targeted 352 miles at the end of week 11;
  • My time at the 'Half Marathon mark' (13.1 miles) today was 2 hours and 40 minutes, which would equate to a time of 5 hours and 20 minutes for a full marathon. This assumes that I could keep up that pace for another 13.1 miles and this is dubious, at best. But I'm not discouraged!

At this point I'm happy with the way things are going. Even if I don't quite manage a sub-5-hour race (and that IS still the goal) I'm confident of achieving a PB; and also hopeful that I will be able to run the entire 26.2 miles. I think that won't be too shabby for a lifelong couch potato, at the age of 71 and 361/365 years!

Now for the bad news...

My other goal, as you may recall--in fact my main aim--is to raise a load of cash for the Macular Society. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of sight loss in the UK and it can strike anyone, including children! Although advances are being made in finding a cure, much more research is required. But medical research requires funding... and it's mega-expensive! My goal in this respect is to raise £2,620.00, or £100.00 per mile, and I'm a
l-o-n-g way behind.

I'm working as hard as I can to put in a great showing at the race on April 28th... can I ask you to please make a donation to my fundraiser? 

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