M – 17 Weeks
This was a low mileage week, due to a midweek trip to Birmingham for business (erm, OK it was the office Christmas party), horrendous winds on Thursday which meant a 5 hour train journey back from Birmingham to Leeds and another Business trip/Christmas function to Preston on Friday.
However, with still 17 weeks to go, there is no need to worry, this is just the pre-training phase. After indulging on Friday, I sensibly decided to stay over in Preston rather than worry about the expense and logistics of getting back on Friday evening full of alcohol. Feeling not 100% but reasonably OK, I decided to run Preston parkrun on Saturday morning.
Preston parkrun is great – a three-lapper round the beautiful Avenham and Miller parks with a nasty short sharp incline in each lap. I went off a little bit too hard and paid for it on the hill on the third lap, but overall I was pleased with 18.51 and third place overall from 97 starters.
On Sunday we had the first group run with a few fellow Manchester entrants from my running club, Valley Striders. We met up in the Otley Chevin country park and meandered around the trails, in total I ran around 13 miles at a very sedate 8.50 miling average but it felt much easier running with a group rather than my long solo runs.
There is a good group of maybe 8 athletes from Valley Striders who have all entered Manchester and I think our little training group will be very helpful to us all.
M-17 32 miles Longest run 13 miles parkrun (Preston 18.51) Weight after Sunday run 11 st. 7.8 lb.