|5th Aug||Rest Day|
|7th Aug||Rest Day|
|8th Aug||Rest Day|
|10th Aug||Rest Day|
|TOTAL||976.17||1570.96||7 days 18:00:59||24,528||24,238||108,189|
Another solid week's training.
Just a quick blog update as there aren't enough hours in the day this weekend!
Next Saturday (20th) I will be heading to Dubai to work for 3 weeks which is a pretty inconvenient time with the USA Centurion fast approaching. I will have just 10 days back on the Island before heading to the US.
It's currently peak summer in Dubai with temperatures (unofficially) tipping over 50c. You will never see an official confirmation that temperatures exceed 50 because otherwise companies are obliged to send everyone home from work.
These temperatures will make training a non starter as I won't last more than 10 minutes outside. I have been to Dubai several times and the hotel gyms aren't that much better even with the AC turned to max.
I'm not a particular fan of treadmills either so I'm unlikely to get many miles in while I am there.
On the flip side this might be exactly what I need as it will force me to rest my foot for 3 weeks.
My foot was a bit dodgy on Saturday from about mile 10, and Tuesday more or less from the start but on Thursday it was absolutely fine. It's aching a little now though while I think about it.
It's the Isle of Man marathon tomorrow so this will now be my last longest walk before the US by some margin. I hope to get a couple of 'recovery' walks in next week but then I'll be limited to the treadmill for 3 weeks (which is great mental training for the 100!), and it will be too close to US to go for any big walks when I get back.
My plan for the marathon is to walk at my 'plan A' 100 mile pace and see how I feel. If I'm struggling at the end then I'll know I'm not ready for plan A and will reconsider my strategy.
The last (and only) time I walked this Marathon was 4 years ago and my time was 05:08:33 and, while I'm not specifically looking to record a PB tomorrow, if I can stick to my planed 100 mile pace it should give me a time just under this which would be an added bonus.
My best unofficial walking Marathon time was in this years 50k Fireman's walk where my Garmin clocked the 26.2 mile mark in 04:36, only 12 minutes slower than when I 'jogged' London in 2015!
It is very tempting to try to officially record 04:36, or thereabouts, but I have to resist and just treat the race as a training walk for the US.
Another bonus tomorrow, if I complete the distance, is I will break the 1000 mile mark with a total distance walked so far this year of 1002 miles.
Good luck to all the other walkers (and runners) taking part in either the half or full marathon tomorrow.
And don't forget, the second part of my challenge is to try and raise £2,016 for Finley's Tracks and all donations are welcome here. A big thank you to everyone who has already sponsored me online or offline, and to those who have pledged to donate later.