Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


Wimping Out Again

by Russell Turner - 22:26 on 01 September 2022

The struggle continues, with my third cut-short long run. Today’s should have been 18 miles: the first six were fine, up to 10 was harder; by 14 I’d had enough. A suspicion of a blister (unfounded, as it turned out) was also no incentive to push further. The heat wasn’t desperate but, combined with the humidity, was increasingly not fun. A 1.5-mile walk/jog back home added another 20mins time on feet and took the session to three hours.

The pace was similar to last week’s 16-miler but took much more effort, even though last week included two fully run four-mile blocks. Today was a 5:1 run/walk, as was my previous failed long run; you’d think I’d learn. I’ll return to 4:1 next week for my final long run before the taper, when I’ll attempt 18 miles again. If it follows the recent pattern, it will go without a problem. I can hope.

Friday and Saturday find City Limits on the road, so Week 13 begins on Sunday – four weeks before the London Marathon – with an easy 60mins after some inspiration from the TV coverage of Mo, Eilish and Davy competing in The Big Half.

One thing’s for certain – I won’t toe the start line filled with over-confidence.

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