Wk1 into Wk2

My first week of my marathon training and my second Rest day today week, and I was a bit tired today! I really needed the rest day – I felt a bit tired, cold and could have been grumpy (if I’d let myself be).
(This was me on New Years Day between rain showers on a walk for just over an hour wi Fit Girl bear Erskine).

Today I’m probably tired from working a little harder on the long run yesterday, along with not getting as much quality sleep as I’d hoped, and at the end of a training week with more speedwork in my running.

I’ve enjoyed cranking up the pace on my runs that aren’t long, and I need to remember this so I don’t make excuses not to do them (or I could do easy runs on the Thursday if I must).

I’ve been working hard on each run I’ve done, and I’m feeling it now, but hopefully I’ll get used to it.
Thursdays run this week was a good measure for a 10k including 2 miles tempo (7:40-7:41) and I finished strong at the end too. 10k I’m just over 50 minutes (I’m used to going a bit slower than that in every day runs, maybe 55-56 minute 10ks).
My long run on Saturday was good, but cold. I was able to push the pace to 8:40 min miles when the target was 8:53. That led to me doing a half marathon in 1:53 and an average HR of 157 / max 167.

It was a bit harder than I would have normally pushed myself, but I think it’s the cold I’m finding hard more than anything else. I’ll need to wrap up warm, and run with water on long runs from now on. I’m going to work on building into my long runs and working my recovery out (so that I don’t become a grumpy b after long runs).

But last week wasn’t all about training… I had a brilliant day off work on Friday, after my workout, I drove through to Edinburgh and spent some time with a good friend and her 9 month old baby.

I played with the baby, and managed to be lucky enough to rock her to sleep twice! It was pretty special, as was catching up with my friend.

Here’s what I did last week anyway:

Mon: Rest (1hr walk)
Tue: 3x1600m @7:20, 7:41, 7:50
Wed: Squat Strength wk 8 (str coaching)
Thu: 6M incl 2M tempo 7:41, 7:40 (35 min coaching)
Fri: Deadlift Strength wk 8
Sat: 13.1M Run @8:40 pace / avg HR 157
Sun: Rest
Next week I have Personal Training with Ross from http://www.leanmachinept.co.uk and a new challenging 4 week programme, first thing Monday. I’ll continue to do my strength training on Mondays and Fridays. Rest Wednesday Sunday, run Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday.

I’m back at work too… so I’ll need to get my recovery, energy in and sleep on track. Early mornings to train, early nights to get some sleep.

Mon: Squat Strength (3.1)
Tue: 4x800m / 2 min rest
Wed: Rest (Edinburgh / 5M walk)
Thu: 7M incl 5M @8:23
Fri: Deadlift Strength (3.2)
Sat: 15M @9:08 min miles
Sun: Rest

Oh and I’ve ordered some new trainers with my elephant £1s. Mizuno Wave Catalyst 2s – a lighter version of the ones I run in just now (wave inspire)… still stability shows. Looking forward to seeing how I get on with them.
I also tested myself to a new Nike top or two, I’ll share them once they arrive / as long as they fit ok. 🙂

I’ll leave you with what I thought was a pretty picture of a tree in the sunset I took on our walk on New Years Day. 🙂 I hope you have a good week next week.

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