The Easter 40

First of all, I hope you had a nice Easter break and managed to spend some time with your families and also got to put your feet up!

I can’t say that I managed to put my feet up, but I had an ace weekend. As part of my preparation for the four marathons in four days, I decided that I was going to make the most of the ‘free holidays’ and get a decent amount of mileage in over the four consecutive Easter holiday days.

The plan was for four ten mile runs, taking the pace easy. This would give me a good idea of how my body can cope without sufficient rest, but with decent miles sitting in my legs.

Day One - 10.4 miles (7.44 pace)
Day One – 10.4 miles (7.44 pace). A beautiful day and was a pleasure to make the most of the sunshine!

These kind of training days tend to blend into one big blur of pavements, playlists and wishing I was home, so I won’t bore you with individual details of each one – instead I’ll just sum them up with captions on pictures from each of the days.

Day 2 - 10.4 miles (8.02 pace). Lucky enough to be joined by Tom again.
Day Two – 10.4 miles (8.02 pace). Lucky enough to be joined by Tom again.

One thing these runs have given me is confidence. Yes, I know the combined mileage doesn’t even add up to half of the total distance that I’ll be covering in London in May, but I now do know my body can cope with long distances without rest days. I was also averaging a pace of 7.30 minutes per mile – I’ll be running nowhere near that speed between the grounds. I’ll be looking at an average of 9.45 minutes per mile, or even more!

Day 3 - 10.5 miles (7.29 pace). Chasing the Batman at Wollaton Hall
Day Three – 10.5 miles (7.29 pace). Chasing the Batman at Wollaton Hall. The only overcast day of the weekend.

I did notice how I lacked a massive amount of energy in the closing stages of the days, but I know how to help that as my recovery wained a little bit due to various things (Forest match, BBQ and Hit the Deck festival) happening in the evenings. That being said, I do need to research the best way to avoid this, but I’m far from worried.

Day Four - 10.9 miles (7.30 pace). Celebrating with a Calippo and a Mars drink
Day Four – 10.9 miles (7.30 pace). Celebrating with a Calippo and a Mars drink. Sunburnt.

I’ll be taking a few days off from treading the roads now, but I’ll look to spend a bit of time gaining a bit of publicity, refining the route and also booking in the last few hotels that need sorting. If the route passes anywhere near you, have a think about joining me for some of it. The company would be great and it would definitely break things up for me! Plus it’s an extra little push for publicity for Prostate Cancer UK!

RememberI’m running 4 marathons in 4 days to raise money and awareness of Prostate Cancer UK. To donate, please visit my Virgin Money Giving page or visit the Men United quiz at Prostate Cancer UK headquarters.

The Easter 40 finished at 42.2 miles and it took me 5 hours 23 minutes to run them.

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