Here’s a view back into the archives. Having just run my second marathon, I thought it would be suitable to revisit my first one while I’m working on my race report for Berlin. It’s long.
Barcelona Marathon, 7 March 2010
"I never set out to run a marathon when I began running, but the idea grew on me, and I signed up for Barcelona because my running buddy moved home to his beloved Girona.
My prep for this marathon was imperfect, to say the least.
New responsibilities at work combined with tight deadlines meant that I did not get all my running in - missing my longest planned run of 30km (achieved 25km as a maximum), plus several others in the last 3-4 weeks. I was stressed, didn’t sleep well, and worried that my training wasn’t good enough. I didn’t eat well either while travelling for work. Due to all this, I lowered my initial goal of 3:45 to 4h, as I didn’t think it was realistic to achieve 3:45 with this kind of preparation.