Training started with just easy miles in the legs ending up with the Portsmouth Coastal marathon in December which i finished in 3.22 which was a good run considering my buildup. The target for April was a sub 3 hour marathon (accountability here we are)
I decided to follow a proper plan and decided to go with the Jack Daniels (no - not the drink!) book. This is broadly pick your own mileage but each week there would be 2 hard sessions. I picked my peak mileage of 100km (~62 miles) and started to follow the plan. The first session was 6 miles easy then 6x1km followed by another 3 miles easy so about 14 miles in total. I remember finishing this session and wondering what i had got myself into as this was the hardest "long run" I had ever done, especially in January when it was freezing cold. With a certain amount of determination I did all of the required sessions following the plan exactly until my first race of the year.
In March I did Bramley 20 with the idea of doing this at marathon pace to get an idea of fitness and mentally prepare myself for running at pace for 2 hours plus. Coming down with illness on the day of the race wasn't part of the plan. I remember getting to about 10k and feeling rubbish ,tired and generally wondering why i was running. In the end i pushed round to 17 miles before I stopped, re-grouped and jogged in. Although at the time I was disappointed not doing the full 20 miles at pace in hindsight it was still a useful run.
Training continued well until 3 weeks before Boston when I came down with tonsillitis and missed my first week of training. I didn't feel great and didn't miss training whatsoever. Perhaps this was a way of my body asking for a rest? Recovered form that and then promptly injured myself in taper week and here I am now resting as much as possible hoping I'll recover by Boston.
The plan between Boston and London? No idea, if anyone has any hints or tips for running 2 marathons within 2 weeks please let me know!
Even thought the last 2-3 weeks of training haven't been great I'm looking forward to the big city marathons with the hustle and bustle that comes with lots of support and the associated noise.