So here I go again, another journey to 26.2 miles, and a race which will possibly be my greatest marathon adventure yet - Sydney Marathon. I have written about why I have chosen this race and what it means to me here, and starting this training feels like a countdown to something very special. Having raced a lot in the past month or so, I am following a fifteen week training plan - I figured one less training week would not hurt this time!
MONDAY: the start of training and also the start of my summer block of Strength and Conditioning for Runners sessions. I loved being back at the session; being in a group of like minded people and learning about ways to benefit my running, it is not surprising I do really. Body Pump class after.
TUESDAY: early morning intervals of 4.5 miles with 12 x 200m reps; the first sign of marathon training commencing. My legs felt a little sore today and definitely not at their best, so I did not put too much pressure on myself for this run, focusing on taking the rest periods easy, and working at a hard effort in the intervals, rather than focusing on paces.
WEDNESDAY: a steady 5 miler after a much needed Sports Massage earlier in the day, logging a 7.54 min/mile average pace.
THURSDAY: a double session of Body Pump followed by a five mile tempo run. Running after Pump required a bit more effort to fight fatigue, but it felt like good training. I aimed for the middle 3 miles to be at half marathon pace, approx 7.20 min/mile, and finished with splits of 7.11, 7.17 and 7.23 min/mile respectively. The last tempo mile was not too enjoyable as it felt like I was asking a lot from my tired legs whilst also running on a gradual incline, but overall it was a good run.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: a tough Lincoln parkrun visit (see image) - my legs just never really felt 'with it' from the go. There was a lack of energy and power in my stride but I hung in there, helped by running most of the three loops with some fellow runners, who between us seemed to take it in turns to keep the pace going. I crossed the line 21:09 - which when I did not feel great, I was happy with and had actually enjoyed the experience of running with others. I made an effort to shake hands with my running friends to say thanks for a great run, especially one young girl who was really keeping me going - I think she was a little shocked when I extended a hand to her but that's the parkrun spirit!
SUNDAY: I took today's longer run nice and easy, putting no pressure on pace as I knew my legs had been a little weary all week. My plan said today's run should be 'easy' too - so I would try and do what I was told! It helped, and I quite enjoyed a 12 mile solo loop around Lincoln, with an average pace of 8:35 min/mile. I then had a wonderful evening of sunshine, cider and dancing away to Lionel Richie live at Lincolnshire Showground with my Mum to celebrate her birthday - balance!
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