with six weeks to go, my marathon training plan (see Advanced Marathoning - up to 55 miles per week) calls for the start of a series of long runs. This has opened up a new dimension to my running.
New tech toys: In planning these routes, I have found a great iPhone app, Outdoors GPS. It allows you to plot routes using a detailed Ordnance Survey map and upload it directly to you phone. Brilliant - especially when combined with my other gadgets such as my GPS watch.
New routes: Longer distances offers the opportunity to try new routes and break the monotony of training routes. My first long run (pictured) allowed me to run from Cuddington to Berkhamsted along the Grand Union Canal. The second was around the Chiltern Hills and the next one will be part of the Oxford Greenbelt way as part of a 53 mile relay team.
New pain: With distance has come the niggles and pain that all marathon runners have experienced. In my case it seems to be spread all over my thighs, but the calf muscles seem to be holding up well. Fortunately, recovery has been rapid and I have felt able to run again the next day.
New elation: I now know I can go the distance and the long runs have given me great confidence. The rush of endorphins has been great as well. This has been boosted by the generosity of friends and family who have helped me raise over £3,000 to date. Well on the way to the £10,000 goal.
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Co-founder of Oxford Capital Partners. Husband, father, triathlete and polar marathon runner. Represent Great Britain at master level in Modern Pentathlon.