Today, it’s 32 days until the San Francisco Marathon, where I’m running the 2nd Half Marathon and am hoping very much for a shiny new PR. My current PR is 1.55.34 set at Healdsburg and I’d really like to run 1.54.
Oakland’s 1.59 was disappointing. I went out too fast, it was hotter than expected and, being honest, my head wasn’t in the game. I knew I wasn’t as fit as I was at Healdsburg and I knew I was unlikely to PR. And – quelle surprise! – I didn’t.
I’ve been reading a biography of Bradley Wiggins, last year’s first ever British winner of the Tour de France, and his phenomenal Team Sky cycling team have a motto … ‘control the controllables’. I can at least do that. I can’t dictate the outcome on June 16th at the Embarcadero, but I can dictate how well I prepare.
As such, when we got back from Hawaii, Monday marked the start of Buckling Down – the final few weeks’ training plan. It’s definitely a training plan as I made a copy in my best hand-writing and stuck it on my fridge! I am excited about the race – loads of local bloggers are doing and I’m looking forward to seeing friends and meeting new people. One of my friends from the UK is coming over to run it. And me? I can’t wait to run.
I generally eat pretty healthily, but not always. I have a deep love for cake and poor self-discipline when it comes to portion control. So my guidelines for this training period are:
– One cake/dessert treat per week.
– Three glasses of wine per week.
– General mindfulness. (Bit of a cop-out clause)
So that’s the theory and the plan. No idea how it’ll turn out but I’ll do what I can do and wait and see what happens!