The initial training plan went rather well but as the runs got longer, I started asking myself questions and it became obvious that my heart wasn’t in it. The marathon is such an all encompassing challenge, demanding week after week of commitment that you really do need to have your heart on side. Mine was digging it’s heels in and sulking at every enforced run.
So, for the time being I don’t feel as though I have a marathon in me.
But I’m still fired up for running. It’s felt great to let myself off the hook and start running for the sheer hell of it again.
I’ve reassessed and set new targets and now I’m chasing a half marathon PB. The new plan has me splitting the marathon into two half’s, the first is the Great Keswick Trail Half in June and the second is the PB showdown at the Great North Run in September.