Seven. Weeks. Left. Gulp…
The footy season is over, and I now how seven weeks to prepare and taper for the Thames Path Challenge 50k. Sheesh!
I’ve completed a marathon only 8 weeks after a footy season previously, but a nighttime 50k is a different matter. I’m pretty confident about completing it as my base fitness and endurance is OK, but I am going to have to take a serious reality-check about my time goal. But that’s the best thing about goals – they are flexible.
I’m normally a 4:00 marathoner, so I figure if I allow 4:55 to run the 50k plus an hour for planned walk breaks (because my endurance will be lower than usual) along with rest at food/aid stations, a sub-6:00 seems doable.
‘If I’m sensible’ is the obvious big caveat here. I had a physio appointment today and I’ve been given the go-ahead to start running again. That said, I’m not planning to run until Saturday. My footy final was last Sunday (we lost, boo) and I’m still bruised and have some soreness in my knee where I got a big knock. I think a few extra days of rest now will really help me in the next seven weeks so I’m being patient. Trying to be patient…
The other thing I need to be careful of is raising my volume to quickly. Firstly I need to build up to running four times a week while continuing my strength sessions. Only then can I add distance. Many a runner, myself included, have been undone by increasing volume too quickly, and with such a short period of time until the race I really need to pay attention to my body. Any injury caused by ‘too much-too fast’ will certainly reduce/end my chances of completing the event.
So my little mantra for the next couple of weeks is “Goals are flexible, be sensible, protect your body”.
Happy running everyone!
Get Going, Get Running!