Mike Runs

Marathon Training – Week 8 – Halfway There

In the words of Bon Jovi, “whoa we’re halfway there”! In some ways it doesn’t seem very long at all since I started this 16wk training plan. However, 8 weeks down and I am halfway to Manchester (and then London). After a new longest (again!) last Sunday, Monday was a...

Marathon Training – Week 7

Running further than I had done before last week meant I really felt now I was really in marathon training mode. Given the miles already logged this seems a bit silly, but I could have been training for another half. However, with less than 10wks to go now, everything is...

Marathon Training – Week 6

After 5 weeks of training already, week 6 of the training plan contained a personal milestone. The furthest I had ever previously run was a half marathon (or technically just over at the St Aidans Trail Half last year). However, with this weeks long run sat at 14 miles, I’d...

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Marathon Training – Week 5

So after last week’s mini wobble, this week called for me to really get back on the training horse and try where I could to stick to my plan. Usually Mondays would be a rest day but I was eager to make up my missed session from before. This was...

Marathon training – Week 4

It’s strange really. After two weeks that included the “disruption” of Christmas and New Year, this was the week I managed have a wobble with my training plan! Where possible in this training plan, I’m trying to get my miles in before the rest of the house is awake. That...

Marathon Training – Week 3

After all of the travelling last week, this week was at least going to be a bit closer to home for the bulk. However, with New Years Day in the mix, it was still never going to be a “normal” week. Monday was a rest day and I really needed...

Marathon Training – Week 2

This week was always going to be much tougher in my training plan. Not because of the realisation of what I was facing hitting home. Purely the logistics of Christmas week. After last weeks 39km, I wanted to make sure that I stayed on track as much as possible. If...

Marathon Training – Week 1

As I have written a few times, in April 2020 I will be taking on my first (and then second) marathon. I’ve done plenty of halfs, but now is the time to make the leap to the full 26. Unlike when I have trained for shorter events, this time I...

Return to Rothwell parkrun

Since getting into parkrun, I have really enjoyed the tourism element. A third of my runs have come away from home. However, one thing I hadn’t done was return to do any a second time. With my marathon training plan calling for a parkrun or similar, and being away from...

Travellers 6 – 15/12/2019 (Race Review)

Where I live is flat. Very flat! A cursory glance at my Strava stats shows that in November I climbed a total of 300m. About 40% of this coming in the St Neots half marathon alone, which hits some of the few hills in the area. So why I decided...