The Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 training : Week 16

Week 16 and it is time to face the truth…

This week’s blog is brought to you by Pheidippides, because of what might have been.

Beware of Greeks bearing training plans

Beware of Greeks bearing training plans

Monday 20 April 2015

I was travelling up to Scotland for a business meeting, flying to Edinburgh and then getting a car to a place called Crieff.  The hotel we were staying in had a gym and pool, so I took my training gear and swimming trunks.  The main part of today was a tour of the Famous Grouse distillery, when we discovered that practically none of our party are whisky drinkers, so the tasting session at the end was largely wasted on us.  By the time we got back to the hotel I just about had time to go for a swim, which is something I have not done for a long time, and is something I am not very good at, which makes it excellent exercise for me !  I have absolutely no idea if I operated my Garmin Fenix 2 correctly, so the distance may be completely wrong.  I followed that up with a steak dinner.

  1. Swim (Crieff) – 465 yards – 30 minutes 50 seconds

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Rather than going to the gym in the morning, I decided to go for a walk, with no idea at all where it would take me.  I went up from the hotel and purely by chance found myself at a marker for the Knock Of Crieff, the wooded hill which stands guard over the town.

  1. Knock Of Crieff – 1.9 miles – 32 minutes 02 seconds

Wednesday 22 April 2015

I had to face up to reality and accept that I was not in any fit state to run the London Marathon.  Fortunately, because I got my place through the ballot, I was able to defer it until 2016, so I did that today.

Thursday 23 April 2015

I went for an afternoon walk around St Albans.  It really is an easy route and I find it very relaxing.

  1. Walk (St Albans) – 3.3 miles – 1hour 05 minutes 33 seconds

Friday 24 April 2015

I was busy working.

Saturday 25 April 2015

Debbie returned from a bassoon course on the wonderful isle of Raasay, so we spent the day catching up.  I think we will both go up next year and while she is bassooning I will be off trekking.

Sunday 26 April 2015

I should have been running the London Marathon, and instead was watching the results come through of others I knew who were doing it.  I was delighted for each and every one of them as they all came through in brilliant times, while feeling very frustrated myself.  This time next year, then.  I went for a walk around St Albans to get it out of my system.

  1. Walk (St Albans) – 4.2 miles – 1 hour 22 minutes 47 seconds

Positives from this week – I was able to defer my London Marathon entry until 2016.

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