Wk32 into 33 into 34

I haven’t posted about my training for a few weeks, but it’s been ticking over nicely.

Plenty running each week, and I got back into strength training last week which didn’t leave me too sore. My sleep has been pretty good too.

I’d had a sore back / neck for a week or so and decided I’d avoid strength or HIIT for a few weeks, back to it last Wednesday.

Here’s the exercise I’ve done anyway:

Mon 8: 4.4M easy
Tue 9: Rest / Edinburgh
Wed 10: AM 5M run then PM Coaching hills
Thu 11: Rest
Fri 12: 5k Friday
Sat 13: 18.2M run
Sun 14: Rest

Nearly 32 miles running across 4 days. The long run was a bit of a struggle mentally, but I did it and managed to push a further 0.2 miles than I’d planned.

In my head I’m maybe thinking I wish I’d trained for this marathon a bit longer (with just 5 weeks to go and only 2 18+ mile runs under my belt), but I’m sure I’ll be fine.

Last week I did the following:

Mon 15: 4.6M run
Tue 16: 4.1M run
Wed 17: Strength
Thu 18: Rest
Fri 19: AM 5M run, lunchtime 5k Friday
Sat 20: 5M OUTRun event (+1.4M there & back)
Sun 21: 20M run

Nearly 44 miles running in a week… and I must admit I’m a little tired today, on Monday. 20 miles in 3 hours was long yesterday, and again, pretty challenging. Probably more mentally than physically. My brain needs to get into gear I think.

My pace was fine, my heart rate was fine, my mind had to be distracted by 2 hours of an audiobook before I got bored and switched to music. I got into the run earlier yesterday, and split it into 4×5 mile runs, but it was a struggle to get to 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 and 20 miles. I’m glad I did it though.

Had ice cream at Nardinis after it too. Yum.

TodayI’m taking a well earned rest day. My vision is blurry, I’m tired, and even with the long sleeps I had at the weekend, I know I need some more.

My 5k Fridays are doing well to keep me motivated to run on a Friday. I’ve been doing them either first thing or at lunchtime. Sometimes fast, sometimes nice and easy with other. I’ll be doing my 9th one this Friday coming.

My weight has been pretty steady, with a slight reduction in body fat, and an increase in lbm

Wc 1 Aug: 133.2lbs / 15% body fat
20lbs body fat / 113.2lbs lbm

Wc 8 Aug: 133.2lbs / 14.2% body fat
19lbs body fat / 114.7lbs lbm

Wc15 Aug: 132.6lbs / 14.5% body fat
19.2lbs body fat / 113.4lbs lbm

Wc22 Aug: 132.4lbs / 13.2% body fat
17.5lbs body fat / 114.9lbs lbm

Here’s my plan for training this week, a bit of an easier week, with a rest / weekend away this weekend:

Mon: Rest
Tue: AM 4M run / PM coaching
Wed: Strength
Thu: 12M run
Fri: 5M + 5k
Sat: Rest
Sun: Rest

(Or I might do 12M on Monday 29th as its a bank holiday and I’ll be off work.)

Then my remaining long runs are:

Wc29 Aug – 18M (away that weekend too!)
Wc 5 Sept – 22M easy wi FG
Wc 12 Sept – 15M easy
Wc 19 Sept – Loch Ness Marathon

Not long to go now! (Just under 5 weeks)

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