London marathon training begins

Week Ending 15.1.2017

Training has begun, London seems a fair way away but it’s going to come around fast!

I’m not sad to see the back of 2016 – in fact there’s barely much point even writing a review of the year of running because my year essentially ended in February with my fall during the Windy Hill fell race where I injured my hip and I struggled from there on to get back to running without niggles.

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That's it for 2016's running. Been a mixed bag with injury but last couple of months spent just building a good base will hopefully stand me in good stead for starting London marathon training next week. 1915 miles for the year and 180,000ft climbed. Not dreadful but well short of the 2500 miles I had in mind. Learnt a lot about over stressing mileage while being injured and it took a log time to accept it and cancel races to focus on building back up but I figure a lesson is a lesson. #vlm2017 #training #running #marathon #pfitz #racing

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With my focus for the last couple being on getting to a point where I could reasonably start my London training at a decent level I’ve had several good weeks of increasing my base and the pace I’m running at so I could hit the first week of Pfitz 18/70 without blowing up.

That first week was still tough though! Pfitz has 3 quality workouts in the week – a medium long run, a tempo run and then a long run so that was still a tough introduction and while week 1 felt easy enough I’ve got to say I’ve already felt a bit fatigued during week 2 and the desire to run at tempo pace in the dark on the way home from work is limited.

Week 1 was also somewhat disrupted by a stupid trip on a wonky pavement where I gashed open my knee and had to visit A&E where I was lucky to not need stitches! Mobility hasn’t been a 100% for the week but fortunately it was more gore than damage in the end so running hasn’t been too badly hindered.

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Supposed to be a nice easy 11 miler.. Mentally switched off and tripped over on the pavement and took a big chunk of skin off my knee and a trip to A&E where luckily I didn't need stitches. Thankfully shouldn't affect training too much although quite a heavy fall and gravel rash on hands, hip and both knees isn't the nicest. #training #injury #clumsy #vlm2017 #running #marathon

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I’m enjoying getting back into a structured training plan again and doing some long runs – 15 miles last weekend at just over 7 minute mile pace felt reasonably steady and with Dewsbury 10k coming up in less than a month I’m hoping a little more endurance will get me a PB but we’ll see. Last year, I’d done 6 solid weeks of interval training before the race so bit of a contrast.