32K LSR

2015-02-07_SummaryNormally I like to blog about my run straight afterwards, but yesterday’s LSR left me feeling pretty tired, so I thought I would leave it until today.

While most marathon training plans have you running a maximum of 20 miles in one run before the race, I want to get as close to the full distance as possible before the Brighton Marathon. With the Half Marathon in two weeks time, this meant I would only have time for one long run this month and then two next month before I start tapering for the full marathon in April.

As my last long run was 27K, this would mean an increase of 5K for each long run between now and April if I was going to reach 42.2K before the race – sounds crazy, I know!

So, knowing that this could be difficult, I decided to let myself off the hook a little bit and not worry about getting the full distance done. Even an increase of 3K for each long run would still take me closer than most marathon training programs, so it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I ended up running the full distance for the first time on race day.Β In saying that though, I still want to get as close as possible, so I decided that although my minimum distance for yesterday’s run would be 30K, I would still aim for 32K as long as I was feeling ok.

The weather was pretty good for once. The sun was shining, the temperature was reasonably mild and the wind was behaving itself on the seafront, so I decided to run east under the cliffs towards Saltdean, turn around and run all the way up to Shoreham Power Station and then back along the seafront to my starting point.

I wore my new hydration pack for the first time, which was great as it has a small pouch where I could keep my gels and keys, although it did take me a kilometre or so to figure out how to stop it bouncing around so much. The trick, it seems, is to keep it low on the hips rather than around the middle of the waist.

I took things fairly slowly, and my pace was pretty consistent for the most part. I took a gel every 8K, which kept me going, particularly towards the end of the run when I was beginning to flag. The lowest point was on the road to the power station at Shoreham, between 24 and 29K. My legs felt like lead and the walk breaks weren’t helping – in fact, the pain seemed worse when I slowed to a walk, but I knew that I had to keep my head straight and my mind focussed, so I kept plodding on.

Once I got back onto the promenade again, I started to feel much better. I knew that another 2 kilometres would take me back to Hove Lawns (my usual starting point) and, if I jogged back though the streets towards home, I could easily complete the 32K. It wasn’t hard. It hurt, yes, but as long as I took it slowly, I knew I could do it.

In the end, I completed the 32K in just under 4 hours. It hurt like hell, but I felt good. The IT band had behaved itself thanks to some mid-week stretching, and the milder weather probably helped too. But the most important thing was that I managed to stay positive and get the distance done.

In saying that though, I have to admit that I’m looking forward to not having to do another long one this month. For the next two weeks I’ll be getting myself ready for the Half Marathon, which will involve some shorter runs, a couple of speed sessions and hopefully a bit of a trail run next weekend.

How’s your training going? What’s the longest run you do before a marathon or half marathon? Please share your thoughts in the comments?

 

 

Advertisements

Tags: , , , ,

5 responses to “32K LSR”

  1. CeeJayKay says :

    K you are doing SO WELL! You GO girl!!!

  2. Kerrie says :

    Oh my days! I don’t work in km in general, I’m a mile person so I had to do a quick calculation. You are awesome! πŸ™‚ good luck with your marathon training!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

There's Nothing Wrong with Ohio

Learning to love Ohio...and myself

Finding My Inner Kate

...because life is not a Twilight movie...

The VSG and Me

A journey to a healthier me

a mile run

One runners blog

The Old Lady Runs

Over 50 and starting to run for the first time

Running My own life

As We Grow We Become Exactly What We Are Meant To Be

theoldfellowgoesrunning

My life's aspirations, inspirations and a little bit about running :)

shinsplintdiary

My efforts to overcome shin splints and become "a runner"

atransformationblog

My weight loss journey!

tryingsomethingnew

college, lifestyle, and travel

One At A Time

Help give someone a second chance

Running through my 40's

I'm not a runner ... but I'm trying to be!

78milesandcounting..

Follow my journey from Mile 1 to Mile 78..

getupoffathatcouch

This girls journey from the couch to a half marathon and beyond (now marathon training!); the highs, the lows and everything in between and a few random posts about life

RandRuns

Running Far and Having Fun

Ben's Running Blog

Urgh, stupid running...

BuggyRunningDad

A dad who runs, with a running buggy

triathletentraining

One step at a time.

Chii

Lifestyle blog of a frustrated writer

DM Run Blog

Running, plus a bit of NFL, F1 and Tech

The Dude Run Run

A running blog to motivate me and maybe others.

The Recipe Chic

Just a girl who loves to cook, code and take photos

Kiwi in Korea

Living, working and travelling in the ROK.

A Marathon in a Year

From couch to 26.2 miles in 365 days

escaped creativity

I can help you stand out from the crowd.

Ramblings of a Wannabe Runner

There are 2 types of people in the world. Those who are good at it and those who want to be good at it. I'm the latter

%d bloggers like this: