Focus on the journey marathon trainingThat’s it, I’ve completed five weeks of consistent running without the calf injury re-occuring. To say I’m happy is an understatement. During this time I’ve also managed to increase my long runs up to 15 miles, so I’m well on the way to be in a position to start properly marathon training.

One thing I learnt last year training for the Greater Manchester Marathon and Race to the Stones was to focus on the journey, not the destination. I only ever looked to the next race (or race that was a training run). This was especially important for Race to the Stones, otherwise the challenge of my first ultra marathon might have just been too much at times.

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.

Arthur Ashe

So I will treat the double bubble of the Boston Marathon, a flight across the Atlantic and then the London Marathon six days after Boston exactly the same, and focus on the journey, and not the destination. Yes, I have a goal time in mind for Boston but at this stage that is irrelevant.

The first race in the road to Boston is the Folksworth 15 which I’ll be doing with my fellow double bubblers, Julie and Geoff. So training focuses on being fit for a 15 mile race for the moment. The advantage of this approach also means I get to enjoy the Christmas festivities without putting too much pressure to fit in interval sessions and long runs that will take more than a couple of hours.

In case I don’t blog between now and Christmas, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I’ll see you next year!

Until next time…

Kassia Gardner