Much has been made of runners ‘hitting the wall’ in marathon running. Covering 42 kilometres on foot puts the body under enormous stress and everything has to go right to finish strongly.
The same is true to a lesser degree in the half marathon and even when stepping up in shorter events e.g. from five to ten kilometres.
In the past, runners used to cover enormous distances in training to try and build up their endurance, but this often led to injuries.
Today there is a better understanding of exercise and physiology so training programs are more nuanced and focused on the particular event, athlete and goals.
My main goals between now and the running of the Busselton Half Marathon are to increase my weekly longer runs and to avoid injuries.
Last week I extended my longer run to 16 km as well as completing some solid 7-9 km base runs, while still swimming and cycling.
Being able to run for two or more hours at a time requires a lot of effort and energy so that is what I will be aiming to do over the next few weeks before tapering for the big day – now only 3 weeks away!