Since the last post I've taken the leap and entered the Cork City Marathon. So I suppose now I've got to get serious!!
Training has generally been going well but true to form soon after I spent my money on the entry I got a slight groin injury. This happened last week and threatened to end my marathon career before it ever really started. The last time I got a similar injury it took over a month to heal but this time it turned out that a few days rest and some TLC in the form of ice and light stretching was enough to put things right. This week things are back on track. So hopefully no major harm done.
Since I missed my planned long run last weekend I was all the more determined to go 20+ miles today. It was just as well that I was determined because when I woke up at 06:30 I was less than motivated. But the sun was shining and I knew that the weather was due to turn later on so off I went.
My plan was to head out at a comfortable 7:30 min/mile pace matching my 20mile run of a couple of weeks ago and again carrying no fuel or water. I was banking on the three weetabix and the glass of apple juice that I had just before I left the house to carry me through! The run went reasonably well despite a slight calf cramp from miles 9 to 11, a stomach cramp at mile 21 and sore feet by mile 22, not to mention the the obligatory chafing . It's encouraging to think that if I could keep today's pace going it would be a 3:15 marathon; respectable enough for a first attempt wouldn't you think!?
Pace Splits (min/mile)
Miles 1 to 5 7:34, 7:25, 7:32, 7:31, 7:26 (Avg 7:30)
Miles 6 to 10 7:17, 7:16, 7:18, 7:24, 7:25 (Avg 7:20)
Miles 11 to 15 7:31, 7:26, 7:25, 7:25, 7:27 (Avg 7:27)
Miles 16 to 20 7:23, 7:27, 7:30, 7:34, 7:23 (Avg 7:28)
Miles 21 to 22 7:47, 7:15 (Avg 7:32)
Today's long run (22.32miles in 2:46:17, avg 7:27min/mile) around Cork City....