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My Journey to the Marathon (7):
My Longest Run


It's 3 weeks away from the big day now, and yesterday was the day for the longest run in my Marathon training schedule: 22 miles (around 35.5km). It was the furthest I've ever run, and the furthest I'll go in my training. The last 7km will be left as new ground to tread on D-Day.

Once again, I have to thank Ruben for company during this run. I find it very difficult to run for more than 3 hours alone and keep going. We met up at Spinola at around 6am, and left towards Valletta, going round Tigne Point. Reaching the Waterfront, knowing we had to add up more kilometres than our last long run, we kept going to Marsa and ran back up towards Valletta from Blata l-Bajda. We did a further loop round Valletta, this time going up the steep hill near Boffa Hospital, and went for a loop inside Valletta through Republic Street. Then it was back down towards Spinola. It was not such an easy route, since it included some very steep inclines, and the weather did not help either.


The long runs are taking quite a heavy toll on me. My legs and upper back always end up crying in pain, and I need a good 3 hours sleep in the afternoon to recover. Anyway, the most difficult part is now over and done with, and it's time to taper. Down to 29km next weekend.

In the meantime, I took part in my first cycling time-trial this morning with my new Agones Sfc Orchid Cycling Team. Only 10km long, but a constant uphill climb, including the Saqqajja Hill, where yesterday's run started taking the better of me. It was a nice experience, and made me look forward to more cycling once the Marathon is over.

In the meantime, if you haven't yet made your donation to Inspire, have a look at the details below. Your small contribution will certainly help this NGO in delivering it's much needed services to people, including children, suffering from a disability, and it will go a long way to encourage me keep up with my intensive training amid the rest of my commitments. Thanks in advance.


I am running the Marathon for Inspire Malta (www.inspire.org.mt). To support my run and make a donation for this charitable institution, send an SMS to one of the below numbers, with the text "Mark Sammut, Malta Marathon". Thanks in advance.

50617359 - €2.33; 50618080 - €4.66; 50618926 - €6.99; 50619215 - €11.65 

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