Wk37 into marathon week

Last week I ran 4 times / about 40 miles in total. I started my evening class – an NQ in Introduction to Counselling at City of Glasgow College, and I had 3 good rest days. Pizza and ice cream today after my long run. Yum.

Here’s what I did:

Mon: Rest
Tue: 10k run wi Twinnie
Wed: Rest
Thu: 8.8M run wi Twinnie
Fri: Rest
Sat: 10M run wi my brother
Sun: 13.1M running coaching

And here my steps, just over 100,000 for the week.

The runs on Tuesday and Thursday with my friend from work went well – we bested it in Thursday and it seemed to give her confidence – she then managed a 4 minute half marathon PB on Saturday and it’s good to see her running so well. The training has paid off for her.

In the last few months I’ve been helping a couple of running buddies train for the great Scottish run and to build themselves up to a half marathon. I was very proud of them today as they completed their first half marathon distance this morning. They’ve really come a long way since they first asked me to help coach them.

Going from not being sure that they could call themselves ‘runners’, today I called them athletes as we ran around Glasgow and they finished their longest run to date, 13.1 miles. Now they know they can do it and they’re looking forward to the big day in 2 weeks time.

Next week it’ll kind of be taper time for me, a week out from the marathon, but as I’m not ‘racing’ (I’m running with Fit Girl to give her support on her first marathon)…

I’m not going to take the taper too seriously. I’ll try to eat plenty, and not over do it, resting at the end of the week, but apart from that I’ll just do as normal. I’ll try to get plenty sleep too. And I want to arrange to meet done friends when I’m in Inverness too.

Here’s the plan:

21 Sep / marathon week
Mon: Strength
Tue: 8M Run (drop an elephant in memory of my granny, on what would have been her 100th birthday!)
Wed: 5M Run
Thu: 6M Run or rest
Fri: Rest
Sat: Rest
Sun: 26.2 miles Loch Ness marathon

Then I’ll take quite a few days, or a week to recover.

I heard the other day that the Great Scottish Run would like me to pace at the half marathon the weekend after the marathon. I’ve offered to pace 2:20, and hopefully they’ll confirm that time to me this coming week.

I hope my legs are OK after the marathon – I’ll take time out after it and get plenty sleep and rest to recover. Marathons are hard, and I won’t ever be forgetting that. Time to really take care of my body (and Fit Girl’s too).

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