I’m a little late with last week’s summary. I guess I’ve been a little distracted, asking questions of myself. A total of 42 miles for the week – I really don’t want to say it but I have to be honest, the marathon PB in Dublin was very hollow. Everything from my training all year has indicated that 3:20 was on the cards. On the day, it wasn’t even close, 15 seconds a mile off target. Yes, all that time was lost in the last 10km but it was still lost. While I have scooped a big improvement on my previous PB, I think I have inherited more questions as a result.
Where I go to from here is to be decided. I sure know one thing: I don’t yet fully understand everything I need to about my body under stress. My 20 & 22-mile endurance runs this year indicated so many positives. However, 26 miles is always going to be that extra unknown. Cold was a problem for me in Dublin. It was possibly down to not accounting for body fat loss in the last 6 months. Such problems I didn’t have previously during colder months. This in turn, from the research that I’ve read, could have doubly hampered me. Impacting ability to perform under stress and requiring far more calories than I accounted for, by needing to keep warm and run at the same time.
All I can do is take the indicators from the race and move on. Dwelling for too long will not benefit me. Analysing too much is just stupid without proper data to analyse and too much guess work involved. I’ll go again; I’m not giving up just yet.