Daily Diary Entries
Day 225 – 231 – Slowly but SurelyFebruary 11th, 2014 by David
Last week was tough in terms of training; my body needs a prolonged rest but I know that in just over 2 months all the pain, hard work and dedication will be worth it. On Monday I was due to run 4 miles which did not happen, I tried but the pain in my hip and shin was too much. I ended up the session on the bike and made the decision to repeat that approach for my Wednesday and Thursday sessions. It is frustrating because I know that I need to clock up miles at this point in preparation for the big day but at the same time I have to make sure that I make it to the big day
– I would be devastated if I had to miss it because of injury.
Saturday morning I woke up early and had my usual breakfast of juice, boiled eggs and banana before a good stretch and trip through the snow to the gym. I got changed, armed myself with water and carbo gels, and headed over to the treadmill to attempt a 14 miler!!! 7 months ago I couldn’t walk 14 minutes so as you can imagine I was intimidated by the task in front of me, however I knew that it was now or never. I either embrace the challenge and hunt it down or I give up, because there is no way I will be able to run 26.2 miles without a sufficient number of miles in my legs.
I started slow, walking for 10 minutes to get the blood flowing around my body, I felt ok so decided to push the speed up and have a gentle jog. I was doing well but after 5 minutes the searing pain in my left shin returned. I was fuming, 15 minutes into my 14 miler and my leg is telling me to stop! All sorts of thoughts are going through my head, “if you can’t do 15 minutes how do you expect to a marathon!” I really had to dig deep, I wanted to walk away from it all right then, admit that it was too much to achieve in the short timeframe that I had set and attempt to run the marathon the next year – but then I decided to take a big spoonful of ‘man the f**k up!’ to quote my brother Matty! I went back to walking to see if the pain would stop, it did, so I attempted to run again, a little painful but then the pain subsided and I got into a good rhythm. I did an hour and felt good; I was making sure I was taking plenty of water on and carbo gels to keep me going. I pushed on for a second hour and passed the 10 mile mark when I decided to go and get some more water. I got back on the treadmill physced myself up knowing I had less than 4 miles to go and gave it everything I had. After 2 more miles my body was screaming at me, I was struggling to keep my pace and I just wanted to stop, I pushed on and on until I couldn’t take anymore. I went back to a walk 1 and a half miles short of the 14. I was having an in-depth conversation with myself, trying to persuade myself not to stop and get off the treadmill, I looked at the distance left and told myself to go for it! I ran the last mile; I had run over a half marathon! I stopped the treadmill and the most amazing euphoric feeling swept over my body – it was incredible! I ran/walked/jogged 14 miles in one go, it wasn’t fast but I did it! I now need to work out how to pull out the remaining 12.2 miles to take me up to the marathon mark. I have 2 months left, the time is flying by but looking at photos like this keep me motivated to achieve something that 7 months ago seemed impossible.