Fourth marathon of 2017 and another visit to the cross-country trails, a maiden run at the South Downs Trail Marathon. As with my previous three runs, one being an ultra, I was expecting another tough course however this time it was made harder being one of the hottest days of the year and, unknown to…
My ‘Roving Reporter’ race report for Isle of Wight half marathon in August, published in Running magazine.
With Chicago Marathon firmly behind me and NYC Marathon sending me a ballot rejection, all eyes were on my next race; a dip back into 13.1 miles.
We think Seville has the most ‘Spanish feel’ to other Spanish cities we have visited (Madrid, Barcelona) and in February (marathon month) has a fragrant smell of oranges as the orange season is coming to an end.
Several road marathons and half marathons done, I started to look for a new challenge to push myself that bit further.
Ever since I took up running in 2011 my dream has been to run all six World Marathon Majors. Four years on I found myself in the 2015 Chicago Marathon (my 4th WMM), having been successful in the lottery.
My third race in Spain, previous being Barcelona Marathon and Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid, and it was back to the marathon. It was my first time to Seville and I was anticipating a flat course. Everything was seemingly in place for a good race despite my niggling hamstring injury.
Yesterday morning we headed out for a leisurely 7 km run along the Guadalquivir River to help Dano shake off his aches and pains from Sunday’s Seville Marathon and to get some snaps.
With the last race of 2014 done and dusted in November, my thoughts for training in 2015 (and first race of the year, Seville) were already forming. How was I going to strengthen and cross-train, increasing frequency of both, and what areas could I improve in? I was still chasing a sub 3:30 marathon.