Daily Diary Entries
Day 201 – 203 – My First 7 Miler!January 14th, 2014 by David
There are times that I cannot believe my own progress; I went from not being able to walk 200 meters without searing pain in my back and legs to being able to run for over an hour in one hit. On Saturday I had my first 7 mile run which I was looking forward to, I hadn’t covered that distance before and I wanted to test myself to see not only how far I have come but also how far I have to go! I didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, I had a long sleep Saturday morning which was well needed, a big breakfast and whilst I was letting that settle and preparing my kit, I realized that the gym closed at 3 on a Saturday! Panic then set in, I was really short of time so I jumped into a taxi (usually I walk the 1.5 miles to the gym) and headed straight to the treadmill with minimal stretching, which was definitely a risk. I got on the treadmill and ramped up to 9 KPH (5.6 MPH) straight away, I felt ok and managed to knock out 2 Km fairly easily, it was at that point however that my legs starting giving me real pain especially my shins, I slowed down the pace and realized that I should have prepared more. The slower pace gave me time recover and as with most of my runs after about 30 minutes I start to feel ok and can ramp up the intensity of the run. I kept a steady pace and despite the efforts of the gym’s management to kick me out I managed to complete the distance, my furthest so far.
So what did I learn? Firstly the gym is shut at 3 on a Saturday! Secondly, I need to make sure that I warm up every time regardless of time restraints, thirdly, it is a marathon not a sprint and whilst I am still losing weight and getting my body used to running it is better to go out slow and increase my pace reducing the risk of injury, rather than going out fast and hurting myself putting my training progress back.
A friend of mine asked me this week what my target time for completing the marathon was. I thought this was jumping the gun as my aim is to just finish it regardless of time. However I had a think and decided that if I was to break 5 hours I would be over the moon. That would require a consistent pace of about 8.5 KPH (5.3 MPH), that doesn’t sound too fast but keeping that pace for 5 hours whilst pounding the pavement is going to be no mean feat. I have given myself a target and if I don’t make it I am not going to beat myself up over it but it will give me something extra to push, not that I need any more pressure!