Paul Walters runs the London Marathon



Report from Tuesday 1st April 2008

Tapering

On Sunday 23rd March I ran my longest training run of 18 and a half miles. I'd have liked to have put in a longer run this year, and I'd have also liked to have done more longer runs, but I think that I have to treat it as a big positive that I'm running at all after my foot injury.

Last Sunday 30th March I ran just 11 and a half miles. I meant to run for longer, but my legs do feel fatigued, and also after running this distance my knee felt a bit dodgey - it hurt quite a bit at the end of the previous 18.5 mile run too, so I thought tapering and rest might be advisable.

I expect that I'm going to have to try to set a strict pace of 9 minute miles on the big day. I might be able to push myself and go faster, but then again I don't really have anything to beat on the big day, and I'd rather the emphasis be on enjoyment rather than a hard slog this year. During last Sunday's run I found it hard to pace myself at this speed, but I think it's something I'm going to have to be strict with myself about.

I'm hoping to run the running club sessions this week tonight and Thursday, and do an easy 10 mile run on Sunday, 7 days before the big event.

I'm probably going to register for the marathon (get my number, chip for my shoe, etc.) on the Wednesday afternoon, to get it out of the way. (The registration is open from Wednesday to Saturday.)

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