Ive had an awful chest bug last week and have been off work. However Sunday was a scheduled long run so I knew I had to dig deep. I am a great believer that fresh air and exercise is the panacea for all ills...
So I just wanted to share with you some of my strategies that I employed to get me through...
1. I took a flask of tea- strong green as a treat for halfway- it really buoyed me up. The pic of Viktor my Garmin shows my halfway stats
2. I take a breakdown of breaks and treats. This gives structure to the run, I rip off each stage and munch on the assigned treat. I really look forward to these 'breaks' and at each one I allow myself to walk for 1 minute. I look forward to that!!
3. After 14 miles I allowed myself a 30 second walk at the end of each mile. That really helped my legs as they were starting to really hurt!!
4. I found the sign 2 miles from home but it was pointing the wrong way!!!!
I did 17 miles in 3 hours 18 minutes and I am very happy with that. The next long run will be 19 miles... but i really feel I am getting there, that marathon is in my grasp.
I am heading up a new community and wanted to invite you to join. It is focussed on support for marathon training and if you are training for a race ( any length)... anyone is welcome