As most of you know I have booked myself into the Rome Marathon on March 23rd next year which just happens t0 be 1 year to the day that I started running so the perfect date for my first marathon challenge and what a place to do it.
I chose Rome for a couple of reasons, the date is just perfect, its a lovely course and above all it will be lovely for Sue because we are staying in a lovely boutique hotel right on the start finish line so after I am off she can go back to the hotel for breakfast and a relax which hopefully will keep her happy and away from the numerous shoe shops 😀
When I decided I wanted to do a marathon which was probably March 24th this year 🙂 I knew that I wanted it to be epic and I wanted to do my best to run it in a decent time, I did not want to be a 5 hour marathon runner, I have nothing against slower runners at all in fact some of my good friends are slower runners but I wanted to set myself a goal and as always train hard and race easy,
My LRR Captain advised me to get a running buddy, not necessarily to run with but someone to be accountable to so I thought about it long and hard and asked my RunCamp leader Ant to coach/partner me in my training and thankfully he agreed. You all now how much I rave about RunCamp which I have been doing for about 14 weeks now and have booked in for the next few months too, well Ant also does personal coaching for training plans which is what he is doing for me using a great website called training peaks as well as face to face of course. Using Ant meant my training is not just an “off the shelf” marathon plan but instead one based around me, my races and my predicted finishing time so I am very happy and confident that I am doing the right thing.
RunCamp has been amazing for me, its the finest way runners can improve strength, reduce injury risk and ultimately get faster through technique development all in a fun group scenario. In RunCamp, ‘joggers’ have become ‘runners’ and runners become faster and this has definitely been the case for me, I once hated getting up at 05:50 on a friday morning but now I can’t wait, they do of course offer more sensible times 🙂
My training plan with RunCamp will be an add-on to this, A fully individual running plan with every workout scheduled for me for the duration of the course which is at least until my marathon and probably beyond depending on what Ultra I choose (ok only kidding) Each plan is scheduled using TrainingPeaks.
I will of course continue to train with my amazing running club the Hiller’s if my training plan allows, at the moment I am training mondays and Wednesdays as well as a social run Thursdays, I get so much out of my LRR training and look forward to my nights with Stuart, Kevin and Ben as well as all my mates and the social runs.
I am really looking forward to my Marathon, I know it will be hard and the course challenging especially running on 5 miles of Italian cobbles bit I am sure the location will more than make up for it and my dream would be to get a qualifying time for Boston for 2015 from this run so keep em crossed ! I know I am in good hands and am really looking forward to continuing my journey with Runcamp.
watch this space…….