Marathon training – week 10

I’ve had a really good week in terms of training! As Simon’s been out quite a bit in the evenings, I’ve been doing my short runs in my lunch hour at work, so on Tuesday and Thursday I did 3 miles. Tuesday’s run was a killer, my legs felt like lead. I get that every so often and I have no idea why it happens. I’m not sure if it’s dehydration or whether it’s just because I ran too close to Sunday’s long run? Thankfully Thursday’s run wasn’t as bad. Wednesday lunchtime, I went to the exercise class that runs…

Marathon training – week 9

I didn’t manage to do my three runs this week due to working away on the Tuesday night. Instead I did 4 miles on Thursday night, followed by 14 miles on Saturday, which went well. For my long run, I decided to run 5 miles to our local Park Run, which I ran and then another 6 miles home, through our local nature reserve. It actually went pretty well, it was another perfect day for running. Although, I have to admit, the last mile hurt a little (ok, a lot!). Following my long run I had my protein shake and…

Marathon training update

It’s been pretty quiet on the blog lately. We went away for half term, work’s been pretty full on and trying to squeeze in marathon training too has meant that something has had to give and unfortunately it’s been my blogging. I can’t promise it won’t happen again as it very well might, but that’s life hey?! I thought it would be good to provide an update as to how the marathon training is going. Week 7, which was before we went away was a bit rubbish. My shin was hurting so I only managed one run in the week.…

Marathon training – week 5

Another good week, although the weather has been getting to me a little. It’s cold and wet and I’m finding the mid-week evening runs hard. I’m okay once I get out the door, it’s just I’d much rather eat my dinner and snuggle up with Simon on the sofa! I’ve also managed to squeeze in a kettlebell workout this week too, so Wednesday I did 40 mins of Kettlebells during my lunch break, followed by 3.5 miles in the evening. I was certainly aching when I went to bed and I was a bit conscious that doing two lots of…

Marathon training – week 4

I’m a bit later with this post than planned. It was the twin’s third birthday this week, so it’s been a little hectic. Training is still going well. I struggled a little with the mid-week shorter runs last week. I normally run on a Tuesday and Thursday, but I was out with my mummy friends on Thursday, so had to juggle things round a little. I ran 3.5 miles on Wednesday, which was okay. Friday was a very cold and windy 2.5 miles, which I didn’t particularly enjoy. Scheduling a run on a Friday evening is probably not such a…

Marathon training week 3 – all the threes!

I’ve now completed week 3, which I’m pleased to report wasn’t as cold and wintery as I’d expected. This week has been pretty uneventful, in terms of training. On Tuesday I did 4 miles. On Wednesday I did 30 minutes of kettlebells and didn’t ache at all the next day, with is in stark contrast to last week where I was in agony. On Thursday I ran 5 miles with Simon. On Sunday I ran 7 miles. So, that’s £3 more in my marathon jar. I’ve also lost 3lb in weight, great timing with it being week 3!  One main…

London Marathon training week 2 – weightloss, cross-training and …

Despite a bit of a rubbish start (which you can read about here), week 1 of training was actually pretty uneventful. I did another 3 miles on the Thursday, followed by my long run of 5 miles on the Sunday. My Mum sat with the kids so Simon came with me. I’d forgotten just how nice it is to run with someone else. I love running with Simon, he matches his pace to mine and it allows us the chance to have a bit of quality time together. I’ve just completed week 2 today, which has also gone pretty well.…

London Marathon training begins!

As you might be aware, in April I will be running the London Marathon – eeekkk! It’s my first marathon ever, so I’m feeling slightly (ok, very) nervous. Me being me, I need to follow a strict training programme so that I know in my mind that I will be able to do it. I’ve decided to go with the beginners plan recommended by the London Marathon organisers and featured in my ‘You’re In’ magazine.I’ve chosen this plan as it’s realistic, with three runs per week and looks achievable. Tonight I completed my first proper training run – a very…

Resting my poorly foot

As I mentioned in my last post, since running the Robin Hood Half Marathon in September, my right foot has been hurting. I’ve been trying to still run on it as I really want to try and maintain my half marathon fitness. However, my foot doesn’t want to play and every time I exercise (or wear heels) it hurts lots the day after. This week I’ve decided to rest completely. I know deep down that rest is the only thing that’s going to sort it out! So, I haven’t done anything all week, which I’ve found really hard. I never…

"You're In" – I'm …

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I recently completed my second half marathon. Despite struggling a bit with the training I managed to shave 11 mins off my previous time – finishing in 2hrs 14mins! I enjoyed the run and the training was worth it, but I was glad it was over. A few days later the results of the London Marathon were due to be realised. You receive either a ‘You’re In’ magazine or a ‘Sorry’ magazine. I’d entered the ballot, for the second year running, back in May. The chances of getting a ballot place are…

Training for a half marathon

On Sunday I’ll be taking part in my second half marathon. I ran the Robin Hood Half Marathon last year and really enjoyed it! I’m doing the same one again, but this year I’ve really struggled with the training. I’m not sure if it was easier last year due to the fear motivating me to train lots to ensure I could actually finish. Where as this year that fear isn’t there. I’ve tried to increase my long runs slowly this time, due to ending up with a injured leg last year that took a few months to heal. Increasing mileage…