What a week I've just had. Without really planning to I've run 80km (50 miles) this week. I ran to work and back twice, took the dog for a run yesterday and today, copying the astronaut who ran the Boston Marathon on a treadmill in the International Space Station last week, I decided to run with the elite men in the London Marathon.
Rather than sit and watch the London Marathon I set up a telly in front of my treadmill and set off running with the elite men. Strangely enough even though I was running at 8mph I managed to keep up with them. Magic! Two hours, and a staggering amount of sweat later, I'd run 16 miles. I was tempted to round it up to 20 but reckoned I'd done enough for one week (when compared to my usual 10-15 miles per week in the pre-Jungfrau days). I found it fairly comfortable and like to think I could have turned in a sub 3:20 marathon which is fine for the stage I'm at in my journey to the Jungfrau, especially considering I've just been back running for three weeks.
Normally, 40 minutes is enough for me on the treadmill but this worked really well. It passed the time quickly and when the motorbike camera was facing forward the sensation of actually running with the marathoners was uncanny. I even joined them in the final sprint by upping my speed.
I drank 750 ml while running but reckon I lost much more. I was dripping when I finished and the treadmill and one yard around it were swimming. Lots of drinks and fruit and high GI carbs seems to have done the trick as I feel fine now.
So, all in all April has been a good month so far on the running front. It should give me a good base to start improving the speed and strength in May.
Off to get the 7-day heart monitor fitted tomorrow.