Running a marathon with 5 weeks training – How and why

This might be the most outrageous thing I’ve ever attempted.. but writing this is making it official.

As the title suggests, I’m running a marathon with only 5 weeks to train..

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know that I was out injured for months. I tried a few times to make a comeback but it didn’t exactly go to plan. I’ve been having a few issue’s with shin splints (real bad ones) and it’s making this mission even harder.

As of writing this, I’ve got just over 3 weeks until race day and I’ve still got no idea what’s going to happen!

I’ll stop waffling and get into the how and why:

– How

As it’s such a short training block, it’s not really about speed sessions and recovery runs. It’s more about time on my feet and making sure I actually stand a chance at completing it.

The plan is basically to just do a few long runs, see how they go and then just do small runs a few times a week.

The longest I’ve done in this block is 10 miles and it went pretty well. I definitely wouldn’t advise jumping from 2 miles to 10 in a week but these are extreme circumstances!

My shoes

In an attempt to make this a bit easier, I’ve switched over to Hoka shoes. It’s no secret that I’m a pretty heavy runner, so could probably do with some extra cushioning for my knee’s and shins. I’m testing out the Hoka Clifton 6 and have a pair of Hoka Arahi 3’s on the way. The Arahi’s have a bit of extra support and I’m hoping it’ll sort my shin splints out (hoping). Stay tuned for reviews on the shoes!

My expectations

I’ve had to drastically adjust my expectations for this marathon, to literally just finishing it. I’ll probably try to run at roughly 4h 15 pace and then see what happens. I’m actually struggling to keep my pace slower than 9:15/mi which isn’t ideal. BUT, I need to just not get carried away at the start and keep something in my legs.

– Why

There’s a few reasons why I’m doing this marathon with only 5 weeks training..

The first, is that I haven’t had a choice. This is just how it’s worked out and there isn’t anything I can do about that.

The second reason is that I want to see if I can actually do it. Normally, with 5 weeks to go, people would be thinking about a taper. They wouldn’t be just starting to train. So I want to see if I can get through it and enjoy it too.

The third is that I’m refusing to give up, again. I know it’s not the smartest reason but I will not give up on this marathon. I’ve failed at A LOT of things I’ve tried in my life and I’m not going out without a fight on this one. Pulling out of Paris was one of the hardest decisions of my life, but never again.

The last reason, is that I want to be challenged. I want something to be proud of and to look back on and wonder how on earth I did that. I’ve had so many people tell me I won’t finish and I’ll seriously hurt myself.. but that just makes me more determined to finish.

I’ll be doing another long(ish) run in the next few days so expect an update post pretty soon. If you have any tips for me, please reach out because I’m going to need them! Thanks for reading, peace.

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