So as part of my journey into what feels like middle age and this incessant need to challenge myself each year, I’ve agreed to run Berlin Marathon with a few friends.
Naturally I’ve started to train and following the teams Run Up 2 Christmas efforts, I’ve continued to run this month clocking up a fairly decent, if I say so myself, 80km at the point of writing this.
I’ve never ran any ‘competitive’ races bar one 5KM I completed way back in 2014 if memory serves. That was after a summer in America where I was working 10/14 hour days, running three times a week and playing football where time allowed. Add into the mix a basic diet of carbs and protein with a smattering of fruit and veg, I came back home in what I consider, the shape of my life 😂
Flash forward to this point, and following last years Tough Mudder efforts, I’m in pretty decent nick, but you can tell by looking at me I like cheese, wine and carbs. All of which are true.
That being said, I’m genuinely surprised by the stats that ping up on my Garmin app following each run. This past week alone I’ve completed my first ever half marathon distance in 1:45:35, and on that same run I set new PB’s for a 10K distance (48:57) and 1KM (4:43) and my average pace was 5:01. Looking at my stats per mile I was at a fairly consistent pace too which is my end aim, steady pace and feeling good. What surprises me most about these stats is that I completed it after a 10 mile run just three days previous, in between which I ran another 5 KM and had football training where I managed to cover another 3KM 😳
One of the people I’m running with is a serial runner, he’s completed many a race across varying distances, culminating in the Paris Marathon last year. He’s a great friend of mine and I have the upmost respect for him and his advice has been nothing short of incredible. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to beat his arse mind you 😉
The one thing that has struck me, other than running along a cold canal in the dark is eerie as hell, is that no one EVER tells you about the chafing! I can deal with DOMs, tiredness, having to fight myself to put my Vibrams on and get out the house. But chafing is the devil! I’ve only got a little bit, but it feels like it’s covered my entire leg! The girlfriend finds it hilarious naturally, which only infuriates me more. She took great pleasure in passing me Bepanthen, a cream I only ever used to heal tattoos before and I’m happy to report, it’s helped heal my pains.
What I really need to find is a preventative thing rather than a reactive. I only got chafing following the half marathon distance which I guess is understandable. There was no change in kit, I’ve ran in those boxers before and so on and so forth. If you, or anyone you know can shed some light to help a guy out, I’ll be forever in your debt.
Murray out 🏃♂️