DAY 1 Marathon Training

‚ÄčDAY 1 kicks off my marathon training. I simply can’t believe this day is here.  6 months ago I sat in a Marathon training session with Alzheimer’s Society in London and was told it was way to early to start training and I had to wait until June to begin. 

It felt like an age away but now here it is. ūüė®ūüė® Todays training involved a 4am HIIT session (which  included the impossible 2 Point plank) followed by a very windy cycle to work. Praying it dies down for my journey home! 

Sunday Long Run

Ouch, Ouch, Ouch

Some runs are great, some runs are ok, some runs are tough and some runs are very tough! Today’s was a very tough one.  Personally I blame Joe Wicks!!! After doing his HIIT video on Friday, being a smarty pants and moving onto the next level my legs hurt.  No pain, no gain though.

I ran Saturday and felt it, Saturday night was a little achey, Sunday morning the ache was still there but it didn’t feel bad enough not too run, so off I go.  I gave myself a good 10 minute walk warm up figuring that should help, then set off at a nice steady pace, no way could I have pushed myself too much.

When I look back at the stats surprisingly I really didn’t do too bad.  Starting pace of 9.06 per mile, decreasing down to 10.10 which for 9.5 miles isn’t too shabby, especially with the ache I was enduring from around mile 6!  My legs felt like lead and I felt as though i was running through tar.

Coming down from the cross roads to Banners Gate in Sutton Park is all downhill but the ache and tiredness I felt was like nothing else, I wanted to give up and how I carried on I will never know.  I think it was possibly the thought of, ‘if i stop and walk I am going to be even later home and with a trip to Ikea planned it could very well be a huge mistake’ if my husband would have been at home, I have no doubt in my mind I would have been tempted to call him.

Unusually I had taken a drink with me, I don’t normally run with a drink but feel that as my runs are getting longer I really should get into the habit of carrying one, if I am totally honest the reason i don’t is because I don’t like carrying anything it drives me mad, plus not matter how god the bottle is, it always leaks.

At 9.5 miles finish I was exhausted and very relieved that I could stop, which makes me thin then how the devil am i going to manage 26.2 miles?

I walked 10 minutes home to cool down and hopefully stretch my aching muscles out, and then did a good 15 minute stretch out when i got home, which i have to say was pure bliss, followed by a steaming hot shower, sadly no sit down but perhaps keeping moving is actually better for you????


22nd February Training

I am writing this a day late, yesterdays training was:

10 minutes Zone 2 (easy pace) warm up

25 minutes Zone 4 (threshold)

5 minutes Zone 2 (easy pace) cooldown

The wind was blowing like a good one, a little like trying to run into a brick wall, then being pushed backwards by said brick wall! ¬†Thankfully though Storm Doris wasn’t at full strength yesterday i really think i would have been blown away, or given up if the training was today! ¬†It is actually the first time i am grateful of a rest day!

25 minutes at threshold really didn’t sound fun at all, and whilst i certainly didn’t laugh much, except when i fell down a kerb! (the ability to laugh at yourself is so important sometimes!) it was not as bad as i expected. ¬†I kept checking my watch to ensure that i was within the correct zone and¬†found the 25 minutes flew by, before i knew it I was at the top of¬†the dreaded hill section, back onto the flat and the home straight. ¬†I think my heart rate peaked on the hill but i ran through it and managed to keep the pace constant.


Finishing at 40.55 minutes and covering 4.5 miles which included 15 at easy pace really wasn’t too bad. ¬†I always beat myself up about the warm up and cool down because i feel they are affecting my overall run time. ¬†Sounds silly but I see these posts of people running 10k in truly incredible times and keep feeling like i am a bit of a failure as my time is nowhere near that. ¬†But then I remind myself that i did not start this to be the best, i do not do it to be the best, i started it to try and improve my body and fitness and i do it now because i LOVE it.


Wonderful Weekend

Friday was such a great day. I pushed my boundaries and ran a training session then rode to work. Usually I would do one or the other.

I did this mainly because I knew I was going to miss a session Saturday with a long day travelling looking for a new car for my husband.

Saturday was a really long day over 400 miles including a drive through London, and then from London down to Somerset. Both places bared fruitless. 

This morning I had the sheer joy of running the area I grew up in. Staying over at my parents I had an amazing run. It was fresh and crisp a little slippy underfoot in places but I saw another amazing sunrise, coming up over a slight fog. 

I had a 6o minute target and in that ran 7.1 miles, smashed my 10k time and loved every single second. I wasn’t pushing myself as the run was down as easy pace but even doing that I still smashed my 1ok time, I am so thrilled.

After only 3 weeks on the training plan i can already see and feel it working better than  I could ever have dreamed. 

I am so excited to start week 4. Run 1 is going to be with a 4 legged partner!!! Fingers crossed it will work out well and not a total disaster!