I have already finished week 5 of my marathon training. Today saw the start of my first long distance Sunday runs, starting at 10 miles. Strong legs, sore thighs.
It is difficult to believe I am already at week 5 of my training. Week 10 sees my first half marathon race at Silverstone. It is all starting to feel a bit close now! I had a couple of days off – Friday and Saturday – so that I would have nice, fresh legs for my long run on the Sunday. This worked a treat. I was all springy and confident for my run.
I decided to head down to the Itchen Way, Winchester. I know the route fairly well and it is a very pretty place to run. It is muddy in places, but that should help me slow down a bit and try and maintain a steady pace. I’ve struggled recently to get my pace steady, still starting too quickly. I also thought it would be a good idea to try out my new shorts.
Starting at St Catherines Hill, I headed out towards Eastleigh. A 5 mile out and back. I had hugely underestimated how warm it was. After about 2 miles, I was sweating and I hadn’t really packed enough water. Just a small, squidgy bottle. Then at 3 miles, I noticed that my new shorts were starting to rub. Bugger.
The above photo hopefully demonstrates just how I was feeling. My legs were feeling strong, my pace was pretty good but my thighs were BURNING. This photo was near the end, I had about 3.5 miles left to go and I had tried everything to stop my thighs from rubbing. Running with wide legs. Running with legs close together. Constant pulling down of shorts. It was getting to a point where I was tempted to ask other runners if they had anything on them.
At one stage, I considered smearing mud all over the tops of my legs to act as a lubricant but it was rammed with people and I was pretty sure it was going to look like I had an ‘accident’.
I wasn’t really sure what the state of the Itchen was going to be. When we were there many months ago, most of the path had been eroded and you couldn’t make it through. However, it was (mostly) fixed and they have done a cracking job at restoring the damage.
There was a fun section, where the bridge hasn’t been finished and I got to hop over the river using sandbags.
Dan was also out running (he was showing off and doing 20 miles – pfft) so we managed to pass each other when I was on my way back. It was nice to see him because we got to have a quick chat. Running can get a little lonely and boring when you are doing it alone. 10 miles is fine by myself.
I imagine it is going to get a lot more challenging once the miles creep up.
I finished in a good time and wasn’t feeling broken by the end. Just the chaffing pain was too much. It has set me up for this coming week. Hopefully, I will feel equally as strong and positive for my upcoming sessions. Bring on the hill reps!