I booked a place in the marathon months ago, and hoped a long build up would see me start specific training with a great base mileage. Of course it hasn't worked out that neatly. Although I was consistently running 10 miles+ long runs all summer, I was stopped in my tracks in November by illness, injury and general tiredness.
I thought a few easier weeks would see me back to full fitness, but the pain in my leg has hung on, and I ran very little and ate very much in December. As a result, I seem to have lost a huge amount of fitness.
I've seen a physio, started doing targeted stretches, and the leg pain has got a lot better. It's not completely gone though, and meanwhile, I have been trying to build my long runs up again. After the Half Marathon in November, I hadn't run more than 4 miles as a long run. Last week I managed a 5-miler, which was extremely slow, and this week, I was relieved to get up to 7 miles.
However, I'm aware that I should be nearer 10 miles for my LSR at this stage, and with a much higher weekly mileage. So I am a little concerned. The pain in my leg, which recurrs after a few miles, is not slowing me down, it's just my general fitness holding me back.
April 14th does seem a long way away, but I know that marathon training should be underway by now. I'm hoping that my fitness will return over the next few weeks, and, obviously, that I won't have to deal with any more injuires.
On a happier note, Emma had her fifth birthday last week and we had a great weekend, involving a party, swimming, bike riding, and a trip to a local farm. This week has been back to school, and - AT LAST - the kids are in the same school, after Robbie being on the waiting list for 15 months. This means we can walk there and back everyday, it saves me time, and has made my life about a billion times easier. It also means more time for serious training - bring it on!