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So It Begins

17 January 2012

Let the marathon training commence! The North Dorset Village Marathon is now 16 weeks away and my training for it officially started this morning at 6.15am with a 6 mile run – starting slowly, finishing faster. I completed it, despite my and the cold, and it felt ok. Not spectacular but passable. Solid. Fine.

I’m using the same training plan I used for my last (and only) marathon. It’s aimed at 3:30- 4:30 finishers, over 5 runs a week with no mid-week run longer than 8 miles. Perhaps my memory is playing tricks on me, but I think I enjoyed the training in 2010 so I’m looking forward to tackling it again.

 Marathon Schedule_May2012

There are three key challenges I have to face this time however:

  1. In 2010 I ran 3:55, this time I want 3:30.
  2. I trained with Mr Notajogger last time, in 2012 I’m on my own.
  3. Last time I trained in the sunlit summer and autumn, now it’s dark and cold.

I’m not so worried about 2 and 3, but 1 is going to be tough. Probably too tough. I would be happy to finish under 3:45, a ten minute PB. I do want to run 3:30 this year though, and I think I can do it this time. I don’t want to set my sights too low and regret not pushing hard enough.

3:30 marathon, you are my goal and I will have you.

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