Week Ten: Time to Taper

This is part of a series of posts reflecting on my experiences in the run up to the Yorkshire Marathon in October. I’m currently on week ten of a twelve week training programme. The idea is to write a post every week charting my progress and reflecting on my training.


Without putting too fine a point on it this has been a c**p week for running.

At the beginning of the week I felt run-down (literally) and the long run in the rain last Sunday clearly took its toll. This is exactly what I was afraid of – falling ill just before the race with little time to recover.

What started off as minor doubts have grown into full-blown anxiety, as my fears were confirmed mid-week after an easy run. I have the beginnings of some kind of cold.

The view on my easy run, just outside the village of Letwell

I know, I know – it’s not a disaster. It’s a setback. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. It’s all too easy to lose perspective and let your worries build into something more, something that will beat you psychologically.

So I took each day as it came this week, hoping that I would feel a little better each day. Sadly, I haven’t. I have no energy at all. I feel lethargic and tired.

I haven’t been to the gym or done any running since the easy run. I’m comforting myself with the fact that the training programme allows for a couple of blips along the way. It doesn’t mean I have to quit, but it does mean I have to get better, sharpish.

One other consolation I can take from this week is that it heralds the start of tapering. This means that I’ve already done the hardest runs in my training programme and the distances now start to shorten.

According to the Runners World site tapering refers to reducing mileage because it’s “important not only to allow for full recovery before your race, but also to allow you to reach peak performance in it, too.”

Right now I’d settle for a performance, regardless of whether it’s ‘peak’ or not.

My running number turned up in the post this week too. A subtle reminder that the race is now looming.

My running number – 4671.

When I started blogging I wanted to capture the highs and lows of my training. For sure, this is a low, but I think it’s still important to document it. I want to look back on this as an honest account that reflects not just the successes, but the challenges and fears too. I know I’m not alone in this and I’m sure other runners reading will be able to relate to the concerns I have in this week’s post.

These kinds of fears are normal. I know that.

No day-by-day training section in this week’s post – there’s no point, but I’ll be back next week and look out for ‘4671’ on the 20th of October 🙂


Apologies to those of you who usually drop by for updates about learning technology – I tend to post about that kind of thing on Jisc’s Inspiring Learning blog. I intend to use this blog for more personal, non-related work posts in future.

Week Nine: Lovely weather for ducks!

This is part of a series of posts reflecting on my experiences in the run up to the Yorkshire Marathon in October. I’m currently on week nine of a twelve week training programme. The idea is to write a post every week charting my progress and reflecting on my training.


I don’t think it’s possible to consistently train for twelve weeks without hitting a couple of snags along the way. Continue reading

Week Eight: One month countdown!

This is part of a series of posts reflecting on my experiences in the run up to the Yorkshire Marathon in October. I’m currently on week eight of a twelve week training programme. The idea is to write a post every week charting my progress and reflecting on my training.


I had a bit of a panic this week.

Whilst aimlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed (as you do) I stumbled on this post under the #YorkshireMarathon hashtag: Continue reading

Week Seven: Back on Track

This is part of a series of posts reflecting on my experiences in the run up to the Yorkshire Marathon in October. I’m currently on week seven of a twelve week training programme. The idea is to write a post every week charting my progress and reflecting on my training.


After last week’s adventures over the pond this week saw a return to normality and the programme.

It’s still been a challenging week as I spent the first couple of days in LA, before returning to the UK on Wednesday. Continue reading

Week Six: Holiday Disruption!

This is part of a series of posts reflecting on my experiences in the run up to the Yorkshire Marathon in October. I’m currently on week six of a twelve week training programme. The idea is to write a post every week charting my progress and reflecting on my training.


This has been a challenging week!

As I’ve been on vacation all week there have been plenty of distractions. Having said that though, I’ve run more miles this week than any other week in my training so far. Not to mention walking – I’ve clocked up some serious miles (about 30,000 steps a day). Continue reading

Week Five: Hike to Hollywood

This is part of a series of posts reflecting on my experiences in the run up to the Yorkshire Marathon in October. I’m currently on week five of a twelve week training programme. The idea is to write a post every week charting my progress and reflecting on my training.


This was always going to be a week of disruption for various reasons.

It’s also the first week where I’ve not stuck to my training programme, but for good reasons. Continue reading

Week Four: Enjoy and progress

This is part of a series of posts reflecting on my experiences in the run up to the Yorkshire Marathon in October. I’m currently on week four of a twelve week training programme. The idea is to write a post every week charting my progress and reflecting on my training.


Enjoy and progress.

I must admit, I didn’t know what to write about this week. Not that it matters. I don’t have to have an epiphany every week. Nor do I need to see a significant shift in my running. Sometimes, ticking over is fine. Continue reading