On a whim, I entered a competition on Marathon Talk for a trip to Las Palmas to run the Grand Canaria Marathon, Half Marathon on 10k. Much to my absolute astonishment, I won. Thanks so much to Tom and Martin at Marathon Talk for this amazing opportunity!
So, in a few weeks time, I’ll be leaving this gray place behind and heading out to the sunshine. I’m going to do the Half Marathon, but I will not race it hard as I’ll have just started my training for the London Marathon at that point. I’ve been suffering with a bit of plantar fascitis in my left foot and haven’t run much over the past few weeks.
In a bid to give myself something to really get my teeth into, I’ve entered the Race to the Stones which is a 100k race in July. It will be my first Ultra, and it counts towards UTMB qualification points, which is my aim for the coming years.
I’m staring with trepidation at my 16 week London Marathon training schedule, based on the Pfizinger and Douglas Advanced Marathoning regime. It is based on between 70 and 90 miles per week, and it is scaring me half to death right now. Once I start doing it I’ll be ok. I hope.
My plantar fascitis pain has caused me to buy yet another pair of shoes (actually two pairs). I bought a second hand pair of Hoka trail shoes on ebay, to see how they felt. They made my foot feel better almost immediately. I’m trying to keep off road at the moment to keep injury at bay and I’m hugely impressed by the Hokas performance in mud and rugged trails. I’ve also bought a new pair of Hoka road shoes (Huaka), which I hope will help me through my higher mileage marathon training and keep the foot pain at bay.