I re-followed the Brighton Marathon Virgins Facebook group the other day. I unfollowed it a couple of months ago, partly because of some annoying comments from self appointed experts (who have no right being in a beginner’s group in the first place) but mainly because I was looking at other people’s distances and times and feeling totally inadequate. The group seems to have changed quite a lot since I read it last – there is a lot more talk of injuries, some people have had to pull out on medical advice (oh how I feel for those people), most people have missed a long run somewhere and suddenly my mileage seems fairly average for the group. My pace is still way below average of course, but at least I have a target that I think I can either achieve or come close to. I won’t be disappointed if I take over six hours but I will be absolutely over the moon if I take under six.
I am also absolutely ravenously hungry, all the time. This is known as “Runger”. I try to eat healthy stuff most of the time but in all honesty there isn’t a lot that I wouldn’t eat and I keep getting distracted by rather less healthy choices. Yesterday I went to the physio and noticed that it was next door to the Pizza Hut All You Can Eat Buffet. I only had twenty minute to spare so I thought I’d just get myself a huge healthy plate of salad and a slice or two of pizza. I demolished the salad in seconds and six slices of pizza soon followed. I honestly could have eaten every pizza in the shop so it’s a good job I had to leave or I might have just eaten so much pizza that I turned into a spherical blob that could be rolled round the marathon.
Rather surprisingly I have not gained any weight despite the constant eating, but I haven’t lost any either, even though my Fitbit says I burn over 3000 calories most days and nearly 5000 on long run days. I think my body shape has changed a bit and I look a bit like Geoff Capes. It isn’t a good look really. I don’t recommend marathon training as a weight loss or body shaping tactic. Not that that was among my reasons for doing it, but it wouldn’t have been an unwelcome side effect.
I went on a 10km walk/run with a bit of jogging and some hill sprints in Springfield Park this morning. I am full of cold and my legs are still quite leadlike so it wasn’t very impressive and then it started to rain so I wished I hadn’t bothered. To be perfectly honest the main point of this exercise was a contribution my “100 miles in a month” medal. I should have just half heartedly jogged to the station every morning and counted that instead.