Virgin London Marathon Preparation – 7th of April by David Fabrega

Hi everyone! It’s only one week till the day of the marathon and I am starting to get nervous!

The last month I have been very busy with the training but I am very happy because I have finished the race simulation phase, which is the hardest part of the training. During this phase I did the longest runs, one of 20 Miles around Thirsk and another about 25 Miles in York.

The training runs I did during the last four weeks are:

9th Mar – 20 miles (8m18s/mile)    27th Mar – 7 miles (8m55s/mile)

13th Mar – 9 miles (8m34s/mile)    30th  Mar – 9 miles (9m08s/mile)

16th Mar – 9 miles (7m53s/mile)     2nd Apr – Club training session (School Sports Hall)

19th Mar – 6 miles (7m43s/mile)    6th Apr – 9 miles (7m53s/mile)

22th Mar – 25 miles (8m48s/mile)


As I said before, I did the longest run on the 22th of March around York and the purpose of this training session was to do that I will on the race day. For instance, I woke up at the same time, I had a similar breakfast, I started the training session at the same time, I used the same equipment, I took the gels at the same points that I will do on the LVM and I tried to run at the same pace rate. I felt very positive and I ran the distance at 8m 48s per mile (3h 39m 56s for the 25 Miles). However, I am still slightly over my target time for the marathon day, which is 3h 45m. So I hope that on the marathon day I will get this 5 minutes (approx.) that I am missing in the training sessions!

Two weeks ago I started the tapering off phase, which is my favourite because it is the most relaxed phase Ha!Ha! I also like the feeling that I have done the preparation and now I only have to wait for the marathon day to arrive and run it! The tapering off phase is all about bringing my body into peak condition. I have reduced both the mileage and the intensity training to allow my body to recover from the exertion of the last three months.

So now, I will do all the remaining training sessions at the same pace rate that I want to run on race day.

So this is my last blog post before I run the LVM. I hope that you have enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it. My next post will tell you how I did in the LVM, so keep an eye open for it!


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Hello club members and friends of the Thirsk 10 road race. We would just like to provide a brief update to inform everybody that for obvious reasons the Thirsk 10 race will not be held in March 2021 however, we intend to reassess the situation in the Spring with a view to holding the event later in the year subject to national and local restrictions in place at the time. We apologise for the disappointment this will undoubtably cause, however I am sure that everybody appreciates that the Covid 19 Pandemic is a fluid situation with rules and restrictions seemingly changing on a daily basis. We will provide a further update in once we have been able to consider matters. Assuring you of our best intentions at all times, keep running and stay safe. The Thirsk 10 Team.