Belfast Marathon Update

Ten miles this morning. The sun was shining, there was zero wind and I ran a loop of my village which took in a spectacular stretch along the shore of Lough Neagh. It was so warm that I had to remove my woolly hat after three miles which has been surgically attached to my head these last few months. I won’t tempt fate and say winter is finally over as I’ve heard there is snow forecast for Easter.

The Belfast Marathon is just over six weeks away now and I’m planning a 20 mile training run over the Easter break. Today went so well that I’ve decided to run this loop twice next weekend. I’m pretty sure the second circuit won’t be as enjoyable as the first but embracing and accepting the physical and mental pain is all part of the training process. Better to come to terms with it during a training run than be totally unprepared come the day itself.

I’ll post a book update later on. Busy, Busy, Busy!

What training targets have you set yourself?

Are you still wearing your winter clothing?

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  1. It poured rain all day yesterday so I did 12.75 miles at an indoor track. 12 laps = 1 mile. I wish I could say that’s the farthest I’ve ever done in circles but my 50k race was a .8 mile loop and I did a 26 mile training run for it on a cruise ship in the North Atlantic Ocean. I’m crazy. My full is end of April with a half mid month. It’s a sickness I tell you!!

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  2. However do you keep yourself motivated? I’m amazed. what aboutthe days when you’d rather do something else? What about the stretches on the way when you’re terribly exhausted? What keeps you going… ? I’m really in awe of anybody who prepares for a, marathon .I didn’t know you live so close to the water. I’m actually a bit jealous now. 😇

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  3. Hi Stephen – everywhere I turn I find we have things in common.

    I am like you an unchurched semi detached Christian who likes to tell it as it is.

    I am a runner. Have given up on marathons these days, focus on 5k and 10k but ran London Marathon 6 times. I am also a rugby fan.

    I’m not Irish but from Aldershot, among other places, where we experienced IRA bombings for ourselves. My father was catholic, my mother Protestant.

    My father was an army medic but fortunately never served inIreland.

    I’ll be following your blog with interest.

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  4. Incidentally your prep sounds spot on. A long run of 20 miles three weeks before the big day is ideal. From that point your weekly mileage should start tapering down. The week before the marathon you won’t want to be doing much at all.

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