Commitment, that is all that is needed from here on in. 21 days to go (to my debut marathon…c’mon keep up people). Today’s penultimate long run was a test in commitment…keepin’ on keepin’ on when the legs want to pack their bags and go home.
I was better prepared for today’s run than the previous couple…no beer and no night calf cramps the night before and I set off at 6:30am at a gentle 7min+ pace. After 1:58min in one direction I turned around and headed for home. There were now many other runners out as I ran along the Torren’s through the city and this might have contributed to the pace increasing to about 6:30min/km pace. Now as I started pushing the limit of my training to date the legs begun to protest quite loudly. First I tried to reduce the pace, but I was stuck in the 6:30 groove and couldn’t slow down. I pushed on, taking my half hourly 1min walk/drink breaks as scheduled. Down to the last three k’s I stopped for my last drink break and even had a stretch and then after starting out at the slowest pace I could muster (6:30) I opened up the throttle a little heading up the long slow 3k slope home and the extra effort took the pressure off the legs and I shuffled it home for 33.6km in 3hr46min.
Corporate Cup kicks off this week on Wednesday, 4.3km. Don’t think I will be running it hard till the third run…after the marathon…but you know…everyone has a competitive streak…even someone as non-competitive as me.