|At the foot of the London Bridge|
So here are a handful of photos from the trip, and as you continue on, I'll fill you in a bit about my "training" through this winter.
|The Regents Canal, where Johan and I put in some miles on several runs. Interesting, but not as nice as the D&R Canal Path|
|Johan and I along the Thames by Tower Bridge...at 4:45pm. It is just a bit sad how early it gets dark there. We stayed in good spirits, but alcohol surely was a factor.|
|Some art that I saw while in London. I like old dirty cars.|
|The display of flourescent tubes produced some interesting shadows on the adjacent wall. I found that more interesting than the "art exhibit".|
|In front of the British Imperial War Museum. This shell could be fired roughly 15-16miles as I recall.|
|Trafalgar Square, fancy huh?|
|The tubes, weird little walkway over this line. The tubes are a maze.|
|A street in Camden Town, near Johan's apt. The ground was wet the entire 6 days that I was there.|
So,winter, yeah, we all had to deal with it. I can't quite figure it all out, but being in your 30's is a lot different than teens or 20's. Darkness, cold, ugh. This winter really got me down. Too many days came and went where I just couldn't motivate myself to get out the door for a run before or after work. Between my work schedule and constant half-injured state, rolling my left ankle on broken pavement by the Army Reserve base near Kilmer Rd, I skipped indoor racing this year. It feels a bit weird, and I want a time trial prior to the Miles for Music 20k on 3/23. My training calendar looks a bit like a piece of swiss cheese. Not proud of myself for this. But as I write this, I've run 6 days in a row and feeling a lot better about it.
Since the Club National XC Championship in December, I figured I could take a week off, and get rolling with training for the Boston Marathon. Despite what I would call fairly inconsistent training, I have done a long run every weekend.
Week 0-14 in Richmond Park (outside of London, UK).
Week 1- 16
Week 2- 16.5
Week 3- 17.6
Week 4- 21
Week 5- 19
Week 6- 19
Week 7- 22.2
Week 8 -21
Week 9- 20.06
Thinking back, I know that I've put in more volume and it led to success. I still have some time, and being that my overall weekly volume has been about 75% of the ideal. I just don't want to be kicking myself later thinking, I should have added 15mins to some of these long runs. The good news is, I've maintained fitness and probably have my self more ready for a marathon than I might think. I have had a tendency to finish these runs at or just udner marathon goal pace, and not tearing myself up too badly in the process. The intervals workouts I have done are faster than those that I did in 2010 or 2012, that has to be a good sign.
My goal is likely to need adjusting, which is incredibly frustrating, 2:29:59 might have to wait a while longer still. Perhaps, 2:30:59-2:31:59 is possible. All in all, I want to feel like I'm competing and battle it out with other high quality marathoners from Hopkinton to Boylston St. I want another duel to the finish with someone like the one I had in 2010.