Hair of the dog

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Week 14, Day 1

And so begins the taper. I’m sure in a few days I’ll start to miss my longer runs. Honest, I will. But, for now, I could happily never run again. I’ve had my fill.

Ok, that might be a wee teeny-weeny bit of an exaggeration but I think I definitely need to rest for a couple of days before pulling on my gear again.

Being a Monday it was club night and, quite unashamedly, I dropped back to the 30-minute group. My legs were still heavy after yesterday (although heavy legs are better than jelly legs), and I didn’t really want to put any undue pressure on them.

Tonight was just about shaking yesterday’s run out of my system, almost like the proverbial hair of the dog for my legs.

I made the conscious decision to take it easy – really easy – staying at the back of the pack, just slowly putting one foot in front of the other. Pace wise, it wasn’t bad, I’ve had slower club runs and it was good to get out there and prove to myself that even after a very long run I’m still fit enough to go again the following day, albeit a lot easier. I couldn’t have done that a year ago.

It was important I went, though. I needed to, I could easily have stayed at home and not bothered but then lethargy could very easily have crept over me and a day off after yesterday could have been two, three or four days. Rest is one thing, not wanting to go out at all is something different entirely.

Now, I can rest, and not stress if I don’t do anything until Thursday. I’ve earned it, I’m tired and my weary old bones will thank me for it.

If you’ve enjoyed following my progress so far could I be so bold as to ask you if you’d consider making a donation to my chosen London Marathon charity this year – Asthma UK? No amount is too small, and all donations are received with such heartfelt thanks. My fundraising page can be found here. Thank-you so much.

London Marathon Training (232 miles – 44 runs)
Week 1 – 12.2 miles (4 runs; average 3.1 miles per run)
Week 2 – 9.3 miles (2 runs; average 4.7 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 – 18 miles (3 runs; average 6 miles per run)
Week 10 – 21.9 miles (3 runs; average 7.3 miles per run)
Week 11 – 24.6 miles (4 runs; average 6.2 miles per run)
Week 12 – 3.1 miles (1 run; average 3.1 miles per run)
Week 13 – 28.2 miles (3 runs; average 9.4 miles per run)
Week 14 – 2.4 miles (1 run; average 2.4 miles per run)

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