This is a brief description on why I chose not to run the Manchester marathon last weekend.
The second race of the day and the second time I have ran the Great Manchester 10k. Two years ago this was my very first race, I turned up with probably 5 training runs under my belt and never ran the distance before. This time around I was turning up having ran a half marathon PB in the morning over in Liverpool and over 2,500 miles of running in the legs.
12 months ago I ran my very first marathon in Paris. Today I ran marathon number 6 in Manchester with a more ambitious goal of running under 3hours 30 minutes. Coming just two weeks before the London Marathon, I have been in two minds about how to approach the Manchester Marathon all through training. In the end, I thought it was best to give 100% and just run it like any other race. Holding back can often result in injuries.
This is my review of how things went for me during 2017. This was my second year of running, but really the first year where I actually had some structure to it.
My view of the Heaton Park 10k from 7th May 2017. After running a sub 45 10k last week in Birmingham, could I do it again here at Heaton Park?