Happily Ever After
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Upping The Distance
by Russell Turner - 15:17 on 01 May 2021
May is here, and by the end of the month – all being well – I’ll have completed my sixth marathon and set a new PB. Decent weather would help, of course. Rain, wind and cold deterred me (but not Matchgirl) yesterday, however I was out today for a short rehearsal of what I hope will be a new running distance record tomorrow.
A deliberate, structured run/walk (as opposed to run until exhausted, then totter) is a perfectly acceptable way to complete a marathon but it niggles me that my longest all-run distance is 14 miles, so the time has come to find out how much more there is in me.
Today, over the same flat roads I ran towards my half marathon triumph, I ran five miles at an average pace of 10:15 – exactly what I need for a sub-4:30 marathon. My heart was untroubled, legs strong, breathing steady, and my head said I should have no difficulty doing the same thing four times tomorrow and still be capable of more. We’ll see.
A good omen was delivered today by Mr Postman in the shape of the medal I’ve acquired to commemorate last week’s HM PB. If I can run 13.1 miles at 8:59 pace, surely I can run 20 at 10:15?
I’m undecided about which marathon medal I should set my sights on. The official Edinburgh race entry costs a whopping £30 – for a virtual race! The cheap and cheerful generic virtual marathon medal I fancied is sold out; others are too gaudy for my taste. I might settle for an official Edinburgh 5k entry (at £15) so I’ll have some EMF-branded bling to mark Marathon No 6. Then again, I might weaken and go for the full £30 option if I feel a very good time is on the cards.
“What does it matter?” you might ask. “It’s only a bit of tin (or whatever), probably mass-produced in China, that will hang on the back of the bedroom door and be forgotten.” Maybe, but each one marks a memory, or an achievement, or both. I’m proud of them all.
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