The final block of training has begun. There remains 6 full weeks of prep to capitalise on.
I had a positive experience at Sunday's Lytchett 10 mile road race. A lumpy session, however the training for strength, springiness in stride and endurance helped to pace the inclines with speed available on the long descents. Finishing with a time of 60:56 has reassured me that speed endurance has markedly improved.
Now comes a phase of pacing strategy for the 82 mile challenge in April.
Completing an endurance session does require a plan. Yesterday I completed a marathon in just over 4 hours and for approx 30-35 minutes of that I was walking.
A planned ten minute break in Corfe to refuel bottle, electrolyte mix, eat some ham and chill the legs. Self discipline to repeat the same strategy, finish a cross country marathon with 2800 ft ascent and have minimal muscle soreness in the following days.
. Including the 10 minute break, overall time for 26.3 miles was 4:18. The Oner I have broken into 4 sets. 27, 27, 18 & 10 with a predicted goal time of 20-21 hours for completion.
The block ahead will prepare the mental mental and physical attributes necessary to cope with this plan.
Come and join me for a lap or 3 on 24th Feb on the Poole prom. 10 laps of 5.1 miles, all part of the training plan and effort to raise money for the Royal Marines Association
With psychological momentum, a marathon distance is now considered part of the training mechanism. All going well and another one will be completed within the next week at the same pace.