As I entered Week 5 I noticed my plan for this week was little lighter (if any marathon training week can really be described 'light'!) than the past few weeks; I presume to give my body a chance to adapt to the first four weeks of mileage and running. I both enjoyed this and at the same time found it a little scary!
MONDAY: gentle cross training, stretching, some time spent with every runners best friend - the foam roller; followed by my Body Pump class.
TUESDAY: this week's interval session was less prescriptive, and merely stated on the plan that after a 1 mile jog warm up, the remaining 5 miles should be fartlek (aka 'Speed Play'). I am well accustomed to this term having first been introduced to it in my GCSE PE days, when one of the frequent exam questions was to describe this method of training. I made a rough plan in my head of what I would do and went for it. I mixed in short 5k type intervals with jog recoveries, and then some steady 1/2 marathon pace running. I enjoyed it again.
WEDNESDAY: today the weather was cold, damp, foggy and dreary; and it thus made my slow 6.5m run feel a bit of an effort. I desperately wanted to speed up just to get it over with! I stuck to a steady pace though, still a bit faster than my plan suggested, but I am not beating myself up over that! My calves were niggling throughout - a sign I need to get a sports massage booked as soon as possible. Body Pump class after.
THURSDAY: Rest Day
FRIDAY: my calves continued to plague me throughout today's run, but I managed to override the annoying pain, hitting the suggested speed of this moderate paced 8k right on target. It was also much warmer weather than it had been recently, and it served as a nice reminder of how pleasant running can be when your fingers are not numb or your thighs red raw!
SATURDAY: Park Run - another attempt to get closer to my PB and redeem my recent poor performances - full blog to follow.
SUNDAY: I was a little nervous ahead of today's long run. 12 miles was on the plan, the longest distance I had ran in a good few months. I have ran a lot of ten milers on a Sunday, but this was just that little step up, and simultaneously a little reminder that the full force of marathon training was about to hit. Thankfully it went well - it was a lovely mild morning for this time of year (see sweaty selfie image!), I chose a route I had only ran once before, and I was also unofficially accompanied on route by hoards of other runners; all motivating factors. My calves hurt for the first 5k but then felt ok, and I managed to keep a consistent steady pace throughout, averaging 5.40min/km. In total it took me 1hr 49mins, with my plan suggesting that the distance should be achieved in around the 1hr 55min mark - so not too far out. Just need to get these calves sorted then I will be feeling reasonably in control!
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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