There were a few reminders this week that there is still life outside of the marathon bubble. I have not shut myself off from life, but the six- to seven-day training plan is dictating when everything else except work will be done. Family time, socialising, eating, resting and recovery are all fitting in around training.
Monday was due to be a rest day, but I had to swap this with Sunday's recovery run after the 10-mile race because I ended up in A&E with our eldest son, Jack, for a few hours after he took an allergic reaction to peanuts. It was, thankfully, controlled very quickly.
It was off to the track on Tuesday to complete a tough interval session which included 6x1.5k at a tempo pace of 4.11/k. We shared the track with our Fit4Life group, many of whom are taking their very first steps to fitness.
I was all set to go for a recovery run on Wednesday when our younger son, Sam, developed a high temperature and we were off to A&E for a second time in a few days. Fortunately, again, all is well on that front.
It was back to the business of training on Thursday, but it was a timely reminder that there are more important things in life than training.
A few people have already pulled out of the marathon group due to injury, which is tough to take after their hard work in the earlier weeks. My twin brother, Eamonn, and our friend, Finbarr, trained hard to compete in their first marathon in New York in 2002, but, at the last minute, Finbarr had to withdraw due to an injury. I know I have to work hard to prepare for October 28, but I also have to try to enjoy the training (and life!) in the meantime.
Thursday's session of a 45-minute marathon-pace run ended with a difficult pick-up for a further 10 minutes at tempo pace. Recovery runs on Friday and Saturday preceded a 27k tour of east Meath on Sunday morning for the long run. This run included a pick-up from easy pace to marathon pace, and then again to tempo pace before finishing at easy pace.
With only eight weeks to go now until the race, it was time to make a decision on my running shoe, to allow plenty of time to adjust to any change. Mark and Lee in Amphibian King's new Ashtown store were very helpful and showed me how the different types of shoe impacted on my gait analysis. As a result, I've now changed from the Asics Kayano 19 to their lighter (shiny red) DS trainer.
NAME EOIN MCGINN
MARITAL STATUS MARRIED TO OLWYN
NUMBER OF CHILDREN TWO &NDASH; JACK (6) AND SAM (1)
OCCUPATION BUSINESS SUPPORT ANALYST
TRAINING FOR DUBLIN MARATHON, OCTOBER 28
ULTIMATE GOAL SUB FOUR-HOUR MARATHON