Paul Walters runs the London Marathon
Report from Tuesday 18th March 2003
It's now looking hopeful
I've increased my maximum distance run quicker than I anticipated, and I have now run 16 miles, two days ago, having run 14 miles the week before, and 12 miles the week before that. You can see the runs I've been doing as well as the plan for the next three and a half weeks below.
I've modified this schedule to be a little less punishing on my legs in the next week or so.
My legs are suffering from the problems of running long distances, as follows:
As I've just mentioned, I was going on my 16 mile run down to Horley and back from Reigate, finishing off with a circuit of the Reigate ring road and then a run towards Redhill, but just after St. John's Church, I my left foot went into the loop of my right shoe lace, and I tripped over, and I ended up with bad cuts on my left leg and knee, a graize on my left elbow, and stinging hands. I carried on, and this didn't really give me any problems apart from at the end of my run. I was running eight and a half minute miles for the first six miles, but I then slowed down to a nine minute mile pace for the rest of my run.
I completed 14 miles in 2 hours exactly, and I then finished just over 16 miles in 2 hours 20 minutes.
I'm now wondering if this could be my best marathon I've ever run, quite a contrast from the doom and gloom of only being able to run 3 or 4 miles in January. If I can run 16 miles in 2 hours 20 minutes, and if my piriformis muscles will permit, maybe a 4 hour marathon will be possible.
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