And so begins the second half …

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Week 9, Day 1

If it’s Monday that must mean it’s club night, and the beginning of the second half of my marathon training. I opted to go with the 30-minute group but it was very much a calculated decision.

My legs, specifically my thighs, felt a bit heavy after yesterday’s run although they did loosen up considerably as I walked towards the Leisure Centre.

I wasn’t sure whether to remain with the 45s, as per recent weeks, or drop down just to be on the safe side. However, after seeing who else had decided to go with the 30s I knew it would be a good group.

Although small in number – I think there was six in total – it was comprised of those returning from injury or needing a shorter, recovery run after something much longer in recent days. In short, all experienced runners, and what an inspired decision it proved to be.

The entire run was conducted at a pleasingly steady tempo. We got lucky with the roads, there was absolutely no stopping at any point, and whilst it was brisk never at any stage was it difficult to hold a conversation with those around me.

Importantly, it was very reassuring to turn in a good, solid half-an-hour after yesterday and to shake the heaviness out of my legs.

So that’s February done and dusted, and a new monthly record of 75 miles, an increase of 11 on last month despite there being less days. I’ll take tomorrow off and then get back on it again on Wednesday, weather and circumstances permitting.

London Marathon Training (138.1 miles – 31 runs)
Week 1 – 12.2 miles (4 runs; average 3.05 miles per run)
Week 2 – 9.3 miles (2 runs; average 4.65 miles per run)
Week 3 – 17.7 miles (4 runs; average 4.4 miles per run)
Week 4 – 18.8 miles (4 runs; average 4.7 miles per run)
Week 5 – 14.9 miles (4 runs; average 3.7 miles per run)
Week 6 – 18.7 miles (4 runs; average 4.7 miles per run)
Week 7 – 20.3 miles (4 runs; average 5.1 miles per run)
Week 8 – 23.7 miles (4 runs; average 5.9 miles per run)
Week 9 – 2.5 miles (1 run; average 2.5 miles per run)

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