The Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 training : Week 10

Week 10 and I need to consider my plans…

This week’s blog is brought to you by Einstein, because even if the definition of insanity cannot be attributed to him, I had definitely not been a brainiac at this stage of my training.

Nobody ever called him Al

Nobody ever called him Al

Monday 09 March 2015

I was really stupid at the end of last week because I went for two runs when everything should have told me not to.  Insanity : doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  I ended up with the same result – my right knee was too sore to run on, so I would be resting again this week, and there was no way I was going to be able to run the Silverstone Half-Marathon at the end of the week.  I was going to have to consider whether I would actually make it to the London Marathon, but I did not want to be thinking about that right now.

And just at the moment I could not think about the London Marathon, something else came up which I had no hesitation thinking about.  The 100 Peaks Challenge was going to live up to its name – tabbing 100 peaks above 610 metres in the UK and Ireland, with kayaking and cycling also involved.  It would take part from 23 May 2017 until 16 May 2017 for Lloydy (who you will have read about in my blogs before, including the Winter Fan Dance blogs which you can read here) in support of The ABF/Support our Paras/Pilgrim Bandits charities.  There will be a lot more detail about this in due course, but I will put you on notice now – I will be doing this, I will be doing the whole thing, and I will be coming to ask you for sponsorship.

What on earth has Karl got us into ?

What on earth has Karl got us into ?

Tuesday 10 March 2015

I continued to take an enforced break from running, but as I had a meeting in London I decided to walk back to St Pancras from St Paul’s to meet up with Debbie.  I was carrying my work bag, which must have been about 20lbs, and just took it easy.

  1. Walk (London) – 2.9 miles – 1 hour 00 minutes 02 seconds

Wednesday 11 March 2015

As with last week, there would still be no running today, and I walked with Debbie to and from her rehearsal, but this time I actually recorded it on my Garmin Fenix 2.  I pushed to a good pace at times, though I still felt an ache in the knee.

  1. Walk (St Albans) – 2.6 miles – 44 minutes 27 seconds
  2. Walk (St Albans) – 2.5 miles – 46 minutes 52 seconds

Thursday 12 March 2015

I had another meeting in London and decided to walk to it from St Pancras, which would mean walking with 23lbs given all the papers I needed for that meeting.  I first of all walked Debbie to her office and then got going.  Every mile was better than 15 minutes per mile pace, and I actually pushed it to a 10 minute mile at one point when I realised I was cutting it fine for arriving on time.  I did not run a step of the way, and was pleased with how my knee stood up to it.

  1. Walk (London) – 4.6 miles – 1 hour 01 minutes 28 seconds

Friday 13 March 2015


Saturday 14 March 2015

There was an Avalanche Endurance Events navigation training day in the Brecon Beacons today.  I had been in touch with the Directing Staff about it and had agreed my knee would not be up to what was being planned.  As it turned out they covered over 12 miles of Brecon terrain including snow, so it was best that I had not been there to hold them all back and slow them down.  This injury is very frustrating.

Sunday 15 March 2015

I should have been running the Silverstone Half-Marathon today.  Damn.

Positives from this week – I managed a load bearing walk through London at a decent pace.

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