Week eight signifies the half way point of my marathon training - where have the last eight weeks gone?! I am happy with my progress so far; I am coping well with a more demanding training plan and, most of all, I am still enjoying running despite the tests marathon training gives you. This week I have also taken part in my first race of 2017 - the Harewood House Half Marathon.
MONDAY: a change to my usual weekly routine, with a replacement weights based class being scheduled instead of my regular Body Pump. The class was fast paced and very repetition heavy which made me fear for my body slightly...
TUESDAY: my fears were realised today; my legs were in absolute bits. I do not have the greatest flexibility anyway, and it seemed the endless deadlifts which were a strong feature of yesterday's class had really got to my hamstrings. My legs felt tight and like I was walking with bent knees - needless to say I knew running was not going to be easy. I pushed my uncomfortable legs through 7 miles including 4 x 1 mile intervals at 10k pace (roughly 7.30-7.45 min/mile). My conclusion... it is not good to kill your legs off on a Monday during a week of marathon training!
WEDNESDAY: another 7 miles on legs which were still feeling a bit tender. I actually ran faster than my plan's suggested pace, but once my legs got into a rhythm I did not want to disrupt them and was just pleased they were functioning. Body Pump afterwards was more of a struggle and my legs moaned at the use of weights again.
THURSDAY: the day Storm Doris decided to grace us with its blustery presence. I debated most of the day whether running in the strong winds was a good idea, or whether I should seek sanctuary in the treadmill. However, I was aiming for 11 miles and this longer distance made me yearn to be outside. I hate the treadmill, so the prospect of a long run on the monotonous machine actually appealed less to me than running into a gale! I braced the conditions (see beautiful post run windswept photo), battling powerful gusts and driving rain, and managed ten miles at a steady 8.45 min/mile pace; I had nothing left to attempt the eleventh mile but was satisfied with my efforts regardless.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: with an impending trail half marathon on Sunday I thought I best give my newly purchased trail shoes a test before attempting to run 13.1 miles in them... better late than never! I had chosen to volunteer at my local Lincoln parkrun, so laced up and ran to and from the park, which was about a 5 mile journey in total. I really enjoy volunteering at parkrun and running there allows me to both support our event and still get my own running training in when I need to. Its an option worth thinking about if you are unsure about committing to volunteering at your local parkrun event.
SUNDAY: the Harewood House Half Marathon. Billed as 13.1 miles across muddy off road tracks and steep forest inclines, it is probably not your most conventional weekly 'long run' as part of marathon training. But my training plan had a half marathon race scheduled for around this point, and I love a challenge and trying something new - so why not! Full blog to follow.
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