It's been just over a week since I ran Edinburgh Marathon 2014 and I've been taking it easy. Last Monday I shouldn't have been able to walk let alone run but I was feeling not too bad.
Ended up going out for an easy 3 mile run with Mandy and although my legs did feel heavy, I really shouldn't have been capable of a 3 mile run.
Tuesday night I headed to the track for another easy 3 mile run but really shouldn't have been running an average pace of 7:00min/mi! Not after a marathon 2 days before. Wednesday was another easy run of 3 miles with Mandy and then I took the rest of the week off.
During the week that has past, I've had more time to think about the race.
It's always worth thinking about the race a week or so afterwards, I think it just gives you a different angle of thought.
- The head wind for 17 miles made it tough and I think I should have accepted that and eased off my pace.
- I need to look at taking gels or some sort of energy supply during the race. I was expecting to get lucozade at mile 17 during the race. It wasn't until I checked the Edinburgh Marathon website after the race I realised it was just energy gels, that messed with my head. Lesson learnt - know what it on the course, a rookie mistake!
- The mile markers aren't always right. Mile 19 was out by some way and that messed with my head.
- Don't let things mess with your head!!
- At about mile 22 I poured a full bottle of water over me to try and cool down and instantly regretted it, my vest felt heavy, I considered taking it off but didn't want to scare anyone! Should have just splashed water on my face.
- Did I taper enough? Maybe not but I really did feel fresh the week before and I was still taking it really easy with less miles.
Plenty to think about and with less than 20 weeks to go before Amsterdam, I will be getting the miles back in to my legs again soon enough.
What will I do differently for Amsterdam?
- Get more long runs in, I'm looking at getting 10 runs of 20+ miles in which only gives me 10 weeks of lower mileage, which really means 5 weeks of building back up to 20 miles and then 5 weeks of lower miles on the other side of the last long one.
- Test out different gels!
- Look at getting some new shoes, I'm tempted to try out some lighter options as I did start to find my shoes were becoming heavy, possibly more in my mind than anything.
- Get more weekly miles in my legs, probably look at 60 to 70 miles a week on a regular basis
- Do more core work, situps, crunches, press ups etc. I think my posture was really poor in the later stages of Edinburgh and this in turn made my running more laboured.
- Regular visits to a physio just to get checked over - still got a slight niggle in my thigh which hasn't really gone away.
So there you have it! My Amsterdam plan!
Better get training!!