So yesterday was the London Marathon which is the reason I started the Cool Impossible training. I finished but not in as good a time as I had hoped but here are my thoughts for what it's worth...
I did the same marathon in 2011 with a damaged achilles and very little training, in a time of 06:08:09. I had dosed up on paracetamol and neurofen (under my physio's advice).
This time I did it in 05:59:27, not much faster but 4 years older, at age 44.
My Cool Impossible was to run all the way which I mostly did, I think I first walked around miles 16-17. The reason I walked was pain in my hips and knees. I recognise this is partly posture/gait but didn't realise it might just be muscle tightness. Once I'd worked out it hurt less to run than to walk (or starting running again from a walk) I picked up the pace and flew the last 6 or 7 miles.
My heart rate was fairly low, zone 4-5. Much lower than last time anyway. So fitness wasn't really an issue.
Throughout the training I've had a lot of tightness in my calves, around the sides, and some in my ITB. Plus I think my core strength isn't good enough. The main thing is that I think I expected too much of my body to change its physiology drastically in 6 months.
Today my knees are incredibly sore, my feet are blistered, but there's almost no aching apart from my lower back.
But overall, I ran for 26.2 miles, my heart rate was fine, I ran faster than I did during my long runs in training and I finished!!! Plus I was overtaking people a lot younger than me at the end. The next marathon is in York in October, my body is getting there and I will be faster and I will run all the way.
This is amazing ! What is great is that you are taking this as a learning experience to prepare the future !
I ran my first semi-marathon 3 weeks ago and felt also the lack of core strength, especially after 15Km. Since then, I've started training again and, when I compare my training runs with what I achieved during that race, I'm amazed in retrospect ! Now I'm really focusing on strength (fitball+slant board).
Thank you for your support.
I agree Carolynn, that it is a learning experience. When I first read CI I didn't understand a lot of it. Now I understand more, a lot through experience and some from understanding it a bit at a time rather than trying to understand all at once. It's great that you can look back and see how much you achieved in your race. I find it a great motivator to look for what I can improve and work on that. Keep it up!
Thanks Robert. You're absolutely right, most people can't comprehend running 26 miles. To be honest I struggled at mile 16! I am a runner, I love the training runs, the distance runs less so while I'm so slow but it wasn't meant to be easy and I expected miracles! Now I'm focusing on my weaknesses and getting stronger overall.