I am finding the temperature a little hard to handle but it is certainly easier running in the cold than in humidity which really knocks me about.
Today was cold but the rain stopped when I went out so nothing to complain about.
I ran 4 times at a pace faster than my usual plod.
First I ran about 1500m fairly slowly until I came to a muddy grassy path next to a creek.
FIRST RUN of about one Km….Pace 4.19 per Km. I felt I was really pushing this. Running into a wind. Not sure what is best…wet grass or mud.
Then a 500m walk jog stagger….
SECOND RUN…this was only 500m….Pace 3.53 per Km. On a path.
Another Km jog walk…
THIRD RUN…back on the mud….I thought I did not try as hard but Pace 4.10 per Km
FOURTH RUN…again 500m on the path….3.51 min per Km pace.
2 Km jog home.
I am still amazingly slow but….actually I am not sure what the but is…..maybe but I did it.
I have read books which tell you how to taper for a Marathon. But I don’t think they actually apply to me.Or someone in my position.I have not much stamina,I have no speed,I have lots of injuries over the last two years and have not run the Melbourne Marathon since 1990. So I am basically making this Taper lark up as I go along.
This week I have run 3 Km on both Monday and Tuesday and today I ran 6 Km. Tomorrow I plan to run another 3 Km. Pretty light even I must admit. But my quad has been hurting for a while now so maybe with a bit of an ease back I will have some sort of a chance to finish this Marathon come Sunday. If things don’t work out…well next time I will try something else.
My weight aim was to be under 66 Kgm when I ran the Marathon. Today I weighed in at 65.2 Kgm. Certainly no light weight but under my target ( which I admit I just plucked out of the air when I was 69 Kgm).
As to how I will get on,well I hope to be able to give my all. We shall see.
Who would have thought then that I would be trying to run a Marathon in 2013 !!