Training Week 9.  This one is for Sable.

Training Week 9. This one is for Sable.

This week I completed all my runs but it was just a week that was dimmed by tragedy.  In the town where I live and train, Mason, Ohio, a little girl, aged 10 died.  On Thursday morning we started getting notifications that this had happened.  Sable Gibson had a strep...
Pig Blog Wk 8:  Can’t always be a personal best

Pig Blog Wk 8: Can’t always be a personal best

So, week 7 passed eventfully.  Once again Ohio weather stuck its oar in, this time in the form of torrential rain.  OK, most runners are not afraid of a bit of rain, often it can be quite nice – like an Evian Mist cooling your face.  How about this though:  You...
Pig Blog Episode 7:  Down Week and Running Cookbooks

Pig Blog Episode 7: Down Week and Running Cookbooks

I think most marathon plans have “down weeks”.  Mine certainly does and it seems to me it throws them my way just when I need them.  I needed this.  It was a good week though, a particularly good mix of Ohio weather bonkersness.  We got ice, torrential...
Week 6:  About this weather…

Week 6: About this weather…

This week I’m going to be so utterly British and talk about the weather.  Even more stereotypically, I warn you, I may be inclined to whinge about it a bit.  When snow first came to Ohio about 3 weeks ago I was all tough.  I think I even wrote the sentence...
Week 4:  When running becomes a habit

Week 4: When running becomes a habit

“The goal is not to run a marathon, the goal is to BECOME a runner.” (James Clear, Atomic Habits) In this week that just passed (training week 3 of 18), I also read the book above (and below).  It’s a great book for life in general, but I found so...
Week 3:  The one where I got new shoes!

Week 3: The one where I got new shoes!

What happened last week: All in all it was another good one.  There was nothing especially dramatic in this week’s plan – save for the threat of a significant dump of snow Friday night (*that happened, but all was fine).  As with all my marathon training I...
Week 2:  Spacing, pacing and…

Week 2: Spacing, pacing and…

What happened last week: I completed all my runs like an enthusiastic little puppy (it was the first week, yip yip.).  By dint of rubbish mathematics, I ended up 3 miles over target mileage and as a  consequence of a week that included the birth of a New Year I ended...
Training Week 1

Training Week 1

  Quick introduction to my training plan: As I go through the weeks I’ll be sharing more about this – with input from my coach, but basically my plan is for 18 weeks.  I’ve picked the version of it that peaks at a 55 mile week.  Structurally my...
Getting Match Fit

Getting Match Fit

As mentioned, my first attempt at a Boston Qualifying Flying Pig was in 2018. That attempt ended week 10 with a nasty and relentless stabbing pain on the outside of my left calf and foot. When this first came on, I ignored it for a while. Then, when I few days later I...