23rd May - 27th May, five marathons in five days.
Initially I was going to just run-walk it but I owe it to a dear friend to up the challenge and run it. No point pussy footing around.
I am running a minimum of 3 miles every day for the next 365 in his name, and so have incorporated that into my training schedule. I also use The Asics training diary which is now set to train up to a full marathon in the next 7 weeks. I get the exact mileage, run style/speed emailed & diary dated automatically. No pressure.
I have also added in some gym work to strengthen core, build on quads and glutes. I shan't be carrying a pack but there are a lot of hills. I need to strengthen my core and back for that.
I am not about speed so I have mixed around some different equipment. Primarily I shall be enjoying the running out doors through woodland, farmland and Thames path. Be a shame to waste what Mother Nature has built for me. Being indoors, in a gym, tires me mentally! But I do enjoy the comradery.
Only thing missing from plan is the stretching and rollering. Trust me, I shall be doing that for about 2hours total, over the day! That is what has been key to my lack of pain, injury and stiffness after the Reading Half marathon.
As always, I do my training in the morning, as I don't start work until 3pm.
Weekends and evenings are family time. The Sunday long run means I am up before anyone is awake, and back to cook them breakfast - it's ok, they are teenagers. I have until at least 11.30am before they wake up.
I use the dog walks as my warm up and cool down, and have to respect that one of the 3 dogs is an old Codger. I can run with the younger two for at least 5 miles.
I have also entered a couple of extra 10km runs. But I shan't do those in a ducksuit. they are runs for me in memory of Ged. More about that later.
I should also add that I have put together this programme based on the last year of training with Gareth France, Gary Frewen and Darren Rossiter at revive. Hopefully I do them proud.