New York Marathon Training – Week 11, 12, 13 and 14

Can you tell by the title that training really ramped up! I have been training, working, training, working and in-between all of this trying to sleep a little and pack up my house! It is no excuse, but something had to give and unfortunately it was this blog.

But I have a spare 5 minutes (surrounded by boxes!) so I wanted to document what training has taken place!

Week 11

Monday

Wednesday

I gained company for my tempo runs and I have really started to enjoy them! Tough, but great feeling when finished!

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What do you do when you've had a long hard day at work and you are tired? Go for a 9 mile tempo run, obviously. . The joys of marathon training!! I am so lucky to have great club mates who ran with me tonight, sorting the route and pacing me. I know I would have struggled to make it out tonight, and def wouldn't have stuck to that pace without them! #loverunning #teamies . . . . . . . #tcsnewyorkmarathon #nycmarathon #NewYorkMarathon #marathontraining #temporun #run #runner #running #runnerslife #instarunners #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #runnersofig #runclub #runhappy #RunnersRepost #runningcommunity #marathontalk #thisgirlcan #thisgirlruns #worlderunners #runningandfunning #runmummyrun #ukrunchat #fitblogsuk #runnr

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Thursday

Saturday

I hadn’t fuelled well the previous day, so this run was tougher than I would have liked! Had amazing support from my club though, and that certainly made this possible!

Week 12

Monday

Never miss a Monday!

Wednesday

I really wish this happened on a Tuesday, as I so want to call it #tempotuesday, but Wednesday does not have quite the same ring!

Sunday

Week 13

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

Sunday

Whoooppeeee Taper time!!!

Week 14

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

Sunday

 

So there you have it! I have been putting in the hard work, and we are now less than 2 weeks away! Hopefully in that 2 weeks, I will actually move home, but still get in some rest, so that I am raring to go on the 5th November!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#VMLM2016 training – Week 11

Monday – I went to club and my group were doing mile reps! My legs told me, I was NOT doing mile reps, so I joined the group below and chatted my way around a recovery run. My legs were tired and at times this run felt hard, and I was averaging 11:45 pace! I completed 3.5 miles and it was just what I needed.

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – 10 miles. I met 2 of the ladies from club to complete our usually 5 mile loop. My legs still felt quite heavy, and about 2 miles in I thought I was going to be lucky to make it to 10! For my second 5 miles, I was running with one of the men from club, and during mile 3 I was really worried that I was going to slow him down too much and struggle. Then, just after 5 mile mark, my legs seemed to switch on. It was as though they had warmed up and realised that they needed to run. The second 5 miles was really nice; we picked up the pace and I actually felt quite comfortable. The route finished almost right outside my house, yet I felt I could have kept going easily!

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Thursday – 400 reps. Everyone at club was pushing the pace, but our coach suggested myself and a few others that were racing this weekend, should just jog the reps. We ended up running for around 2/3 minutes and resting for the same amount of time. Even though I was running very easy, my shoulders were very tight. I was told to run, imaging that I was holding a crisp between my thumb and finger, that I was not to break. As soon as I adopted this position, my shoulders did relax, so I need to remember this.

Friday – Sports massage – I was lucky to get an extra appointment in this morning, to work on my shoulders, ready for tomorrow!

Saturday – 20 MILES! My amazing team mates at club helped me organise a route, and then come out to run with me. It was a bit of a tag team. I ran 5.5 miles with Rachel and Tracie, then 0.5 of a mile on my own, to meet Sam, Keith and Andy. They then took me on their normal 10 mile route, which was a little undulating, but I felt pretty strong throughout, and the hills that had previously annoyed me on this route, didn’t feel too bad. Finally, Tina met me to run my last 4 miles. It was amazing, they were all so supportive, all could have run much quicker than I was running, but stuck with my pace to help me. I had planned to run around 10:30 pace, but I ended up averaging a 10:21 pace. The only negative was that when my watch flashed up 20 miles, I stopped and saved it straight away. I don’t usually do this, but for some reason, I was worried that I would delete it. Once it was saved, I noticed the watch said 19.9 miles!! WHAT….. As I had saved it, I couldn’t just add it on the last 0.1 of a mile!!

Sunday – Rest day – although I have to report that I am so surprised how good my legs feel today, I think the football my daughter made me play yesterday afternoon, and the game of tag this morning, really helped my legs recover! Let’s see how they are tomorrow!

This time in FIVE weeks it will all be over!!!! I can’t believe how close it is!