The Road to Uganda: A Newbie’s Marathon Training Diary – Week 2

The Road to Uganda: A Newbie’s Marathon Training Diary – Week 2

By Andy Teale Week 2- Building Momentum So my first training blog ended on a high. After 5 weeks of running a mixture of 3Ks, 5Ks and 10Ks, I had finally conquered the 15K mark. It was tough, but I was pleased to have completed a third of distance I’ll need to cover on 24th May, when I take on the Uganda Marathon. In case you missed last week’s blog, I’m still very much a learner in preparing for these events and still learning the ropes in long distance running, but I’m hoping this blog will keep you spurred on in your training, especially if you’re a newbie runner like me! So how did the last week of training go? Was it a success? Well, in short: yes and no. Unfortunately as you can see, the week didn’t quite work out the way I had planned. After my big 15K the Sunday, my legs were aching more then I thought they would, so I had to bring forward my rest days. Later in the week I needed an extra rest day too, and shortened my run on Saturday as I had to consider the limitations of my body. This was a little disappointing as it meant I couldn’t cover the total amount of miles I had planned to over the week. However the week was far from all doom and gloom- there were two significant highlights. Highlight 1: A 10K PB My run on Thursday saw me claim my faster 10K in training yet. Ironically, up until the 9.75K mark I was completely unaware of the time and it...
Diary of a UGM Runner in Training – Week 5

Diary of a UGM Runner in Training – Week 5

By Paul Lacey Welcome to Uganda Mzungu! It’s been 2 weeks since my last blog post and as promised this will be a rather special one after my incredible week in Uganda! Prior to my week in Uganda, training had been going very well and I won’t lie a part of me began to think maybe I should have entered a a flat, easy and cooler UK marathon and go for the fastest time I can. Did my trip confirm my doubts? Hot and instant sweat inducing climate? Check. Unforgiving, hard and constantly undulating terrain? Check. Rugged and uneven dirt paths? Check. One of the most challenging race courses I will have ever run? Check. Did I wish I was on the flat, grey tarmac of London? Not for a second! After a week of exploring and running in Uganda, I am totally in love. I have never run in a place that has simultaneously made my eyes bulge with wonder at awe-inspiring views, my lungs burn and legs scream in such fantastically testing conditions, and my face smile from ear to ear as local children run out screaming in uncontrollable excitement at a rather strange sunburnt, sweat soaked man, in slightly shorter than necessary shorts, running through their village. True, don’t expect to be able to run at the same pace as a flat, grey, tarmac marathon, but on the 24th of May, in the place where a handful of ancient primates decided to climb down from the trees and give this running around lark a go, all of us who have entered the UGM will rediscover why we love...
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