Running blog: how was your weekend running?

What did the weekend bring you? I've spent the last few months training hard for the Royal Parks half marathon this October, aiming for my goal (sub-90mins), but last week I also decided it was time to stop faffing and googling, and just go for the full distance. So at the end of February I will – fingers crossed, I don't want to tempt fate with injuries do I? – be running the Seville Marathon. It appealed to me for many reasons, not least, um, because it's a) flat and b) in Seville. It also gets really high ratings from past competitors. At about 7,000 runners it's also the ideal size – enough to create a good atmosphere but not huge, at least not compared with the London or New York marathons.

I was a bit unnerved yesterday then, to hit something of a wall 10 miles into a 15 mile run. Perhaps it was just the end of a long week, or the day after a track session (though my long runs always are) but somehow it took considerable effort of will to keep going. So please, start now with the tips on how to cope when that happens in the marathon. Though I seriously hope it won't be at mile 10, or I'll be in big trouble …

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