Yep, it's been a while since the big day. So long in fact that the predictable happened. I completely stopped running, ate sausages and drank continental ale. Not only when in Germany, but when I got back. For about 6 weeks.
Work has been mental since I got back so I'll use that as an excuse. Woo Communications has literally been the centre of the globalised world, and I've been working 23 hour days. Well, not really, but that worked on me for while. But there comes a point in the life of every man when he needs to stand up and be counted. When he has to step up to the plate and do himself justice. When he has to pin his intentions to his chest and fulfil his intentions and obligations. Yes, I've started running again.
The first few from the new office were exploratory and they were that type of run where you're looking for excuses to stop: "That'll do, it's only my first run since the marathon" and "Well, Rome wasn't built in a day was it." But the third was as enjoyable as pre-marathon runs. I really enjoyed it.
I think it's about mentality and pace. I genuinely find running a relaxing thing when I break through the wall. Unlike most marathon runners, I hit the wall at about 15 minutes. It's my body realising I'm going for a run, and telling me it's not happy. At about 25 minutes I get that 3 pint feeling - you know the one - where you think you can take the world on?
As for pace, well when I was training for the marathon you train at the pace you want to run the race. Nothing earth shattering there. What I found really difficult was that on the first two runs I sped up. The reason for this is that I'm thinking about a half marathon toward the end of the year. My split was two hours during the marathon, so I think the target has to be about 1:45 for a half marathon. But even that gradual increase in pace really buggered me, so for the 3rd run I ran at my normal pace. A few weeks of that, then I'll turn it up a bit and see if it's any easier.
So anyway, I bet you're all glad to know I'm writing more about this - expect more. Here's the usual lunchtime run. Only 4 miles, but very enjoyable. Besides Primrose Hill.