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Warts n all: wk 9 of 12 marathon training

This post is a lot later than anticipated. I’m already half way through week 10! But let’s ignore that for now. Week 9 was post Ironbridge Half marathon so this week was mainly race recovery with some tuneup sessions. Here is what I should have done:

  • Monday – rest
  • Tuesday – 40 mins easy
  • Wednesday – 60 mins with 30 min tempo @8 pace
  • Thursday – 40 min easy
  • Friday – 40 min easy
  • Saturday – rest
  • Sunday – 3.5 hours with 1h 15 min at faster pace

And here is what I actually did!

  • Monday – rest
  • Tuesday – 32 mins easy @9.41 pace
  • Wednesday – warm up with 28 min tempo @8.10 pace
  • Thursday – 5.4 miles @9.23 pace
  • Friday – rest
  • Saturday – 6.8 miles @11.29 pace
  • Sunday – 3.5 hours @10.40 pace (the running part)

Well the easy and tempo runs went well. If anything I think I went to easy on the tempo as it felt easy! Thursday’s run was my 1st run at my running club since I sprained my ankle over 3 months ago. I was petrified of being too slow but thankfully it was a short run at an easy pace so I didn’t slow any one down 😀 I still didn’t feel comfortable running in the dark – too paranoid about my ankle!

Saturday’s run was purely for my sister, Liz. She took up running in October and this was her first ever distance over 5 miles! She wanted to recce the Newcastle 10K route (Newcastle Staffs Athletic club road race). I was very proud to accompany her on this. And she smashed 10k in 1 hour 12 mins….at a conversational pace! We even survived the horrendous wind running up Black Bank. I think I need to up my game! 😀

Then came Sunday.

And oh boy, what a run that was!

I chose a new route along the Macclesfield Canal. I read up on the terrain and it said compacted trail/path. I thought it would be a good taster/practice for Paris as it has similar elevation and a few uneven bits. I even wore my road racing shoes….Oh how wrong was I!

It was 17 miles of mud. And not just any old mud, it was that slippy mud that clings to your shoes that only a blow torch or pick axe can remove. I spent more time slipping and falling then I did running! It took me 3.5 hours to run about 18 miles. 0.5 hours was spent walking through unrunnable sections. Not the best practice run for Paris. Yes I do realise that as soon as I hit the mud I should have stopped and went on my usual Mow Cop route….only 1 mile away. Especially as I was wearing my road racing shoes. But I kept thinking ‘it’ll get better, it can’t be all like this’. Then there comes a point to which you’re committed to the route and you stick with it.

Even though this was only 18 miles, my goodness did my glutes ache after this! This should have been at least 22 miles of decent running based on the time stated on my plan so I have no idea what impact this will have on the quality of my training. If nothing else, I got a good ass muscle workout 😉

 

 

Warts n all: Wk 8 of 12 of marathon training

So the end of week 8 included a half marathon which was supposed to provide an idea on how my marathon performance was going to go and to practice race conditions. The target set for me was not met. Here Continue reading “Warts n all: Wk 8 of 12 of marathon training”

Warts n all: weeks 6 & 7 of marathon training

I dropped the ball.

Work was mental and I barely had any sleep. My health took a nose dive and my training suffered which is why there was no week 6 update: So here is my training as it stands: Continue reading “Warts n all: weeks 6 & 7 of marathon training”

Warts n all: Week 5 of 12 of marathon training

So I have completed the 1st week of phase two. Now I’ve been told phase two (4 weeks) is the most important and this is where I should get the most gains. So the pressure is on. Here Continue reading “Warts n all: Week 5 of 12 of marathon training”

Warts n all: Wk 4 of 12 of marathon training

So we have finished the 1st third of marathon training. I was told it’s about preparing your body for the work that is about to come…I have had to remind myself of this several times!

So this was what I originally planned to do: Continue reading “Warts n all: Wk 4 of 12 of marathon training”

Warts n all: Wk 3 of 12 marathon training

So I have just completed week 3 of marathon training and it’s been a weird week training wise. Here’s what was in my original plan:

  • Monday – rest
  • Tuesday – speed session
  • Wednesday – 40 min easy
  • Thursday – 40 min easy
  • Friday – rest
  • Saturday – rest
  • Sunday – Alsager 5 race (+warm up/cool down)

And here is what I actually did: Continue reading “Warts n all: Wk 3 of 12 marathon training”

Warts n all: Week 2 of 12 marathon training

So week 2 has now ended and here’s what I should have done (pre-injury):

  • Monday – 40 mins easy
  • Tuesday – 4×5 min
  • Wednesday – 50 mins @9mm pace
  • Thursday – 40 mins with 20 min tempo
  • Friday – rest
  • Saturday – 40 mins easy
  • Sunday – 2.5 h easy. Hilly route.

And here’s what I actually did:

Continue reading “Warts n all: Week 2 of 12 marathon training”

Warts n all. Week 1 of marathon training

So today marks the end of week 1 of marathon training for Paris Marathon. The plan is to talk about all the good and bad (and weird) over the next 11 weeks. If you weren’t already aware, I am recovering from a sprained ankle so the original training plan has been adapted. Here’s what it should have been: Continue reading “Warts n all. Week 1 of marathon training”

Injury recovery and work don’t mix!

So mid December I sprained my ankle.

I followed the advice on the NHS site which was NO ibuprofen, ice, rest and elevate. I did this for 3 days then introduced short walks.

It was all going so smoothly! I gradually increased distance and difficulty of the walks. I even managed a scramble up Kinder downfall in icy conditions!

Post New Year I introduced short run/walks of 2-4 miles and just last week I managed a pain free easy 7 mile run. Optimism was bountiful.

Then commuting to work everyday started to take its toll. 600 miles a week with my dodgy ankle on the accelerator/brake. Followed by sitting at a desk for 8 hrs. My ankle starting to seize into one position. 

Cue mobility exercises…..ouch. I can move my foot every way except downwards. It’s like all my tendons have shrunk! And with these exercises comes swelling….again. 

So now I’m wondering what to do? Do I keep running as I feel no pain or discomfort or do I rest even though it feels like I’m seizing up when I do rest! 

Injury usually means rest but the rest doesn’t seem to be helping. The odd run, however, feels as if it’s releasing everything and it feels good! 

So I’ll sit here with my frozen peas debating whether to rest but knowing full well I’ll try a run tomorrow. 

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