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Manchester Marathon Training Recap – Week 3

A little change for week 3 marathon training. Also, a bit of a drop back week unintentionally but week 3 training for Manchester Marathon is complete! If you have missed the previous weekly update, read then here.


My run club sessions are on a Monday and a Thursday. I usually attend both sessions, but now that I run both Saturday and Sunday, and I am back working 4 days a week, I am having to rejig my running sessions.

I thought that if I missed run club and do my recovery session on the treadmill before work, I can spend Monday evenings with my husband. I had thought about setting the alarm clock for before work today, but I was shattered. So I took a rest day instead.


After laying out my kit the previous night, I woke up at 4 am, but was shattered so rolled over and went back to sleep. So, I hopped on the treadmill after work to get my first run of the week banked.

I was lacking in motivation and could have easily missed this run. As mile 1 seemed to go on forever, I did wonder if I would be able to complete all four miles. As the run progressed, I actually started to enjoy it and was disappointed when I had to finish on four miles (dinner was ready!)


Wednesday is now my day off from work, so I arranged to meet up with Christine. She suggested that we run 6 miles, which was fine with me. She was doing miles before meeting with me but didn’t manage to bank as many as she had hoped for.

My new style ‘wing it’ plan meant that I could say “don’t worry, I’ll run more with you”. 8.5 miles later and half marathon distance for Christine, we stopped for our cuppa and toast.

I thoroughly enjoyed the run, chatting away not worrying about pace or distance.


Another day when I could have quite honestly skipped this run. I was tired after work, but I have learnt that you have to just keep turning up. Consistency is key with marathon training.

I thought that the session was 400’s, so was a little shocked when I found out we were doing LONG hills! We were running a new route which was just over a mile rep.

I was running with Demo again and working hard. Although I think I probably worked too hard on the first lap as I got slower and slower with each rep!


Rest day!


No Parkrun for me this week as I had a hair appointment. Even though my hair desperately needed doing, I was a little disappointed to be missing it. I am enjoying Parkrun a lot at the moment.

After a fairly busy day, I decided to use the treadmill. I had planned to run a 10k, but after a mile and a half, I started to feel a little dizzy. I had little energy and felt all out of sorts. I slowed down to a walk with the hope that I would be able to carry on after my walk. I tried running again, but I just didn’t feel right, so I called it a day at 2 miles. Not ideal, but it’s important to listen to your body.


I was going to the National Running Show today, so knew that fitting in a long run was going to be tough. My daughter was adamant that she wanted to run Junior Parkrun before we went to Birmingham, so my run for today was just 2K.

Overview and Stats

Weeks like this is when you start to worry about the ‘Wing it‘ plan. If things don’t go to plan, you usually have a coach reassuring you! This mileage is way down on previous cycles, but I have to remember that I still have time. I need to get some more long runs under my belt, but I have time. I don’t need to panic just yet!

21 miles banked for week 3.

Looks like some hard work is needed this week, but on to week four, we go…

#VMLM2016 training – Week 3

Monday – Speed session at club. 800 metres X 5, with 2 minutes recovery. This was a toughie! I was aiming to run at 8 minute/mile pace, and I did stay close to it, but having only completed my long run yesterday, I did slow down on the final lap! I am also battling a cold at the moment, so at times breathing was interesting.

Tuesday – rest, but with some foam rolling! I could feel some niggles from yesterdays session, so I’m hoping 10 minutes of pain in front of the TV should help.



Wednesday – Rest day as ill.

Thursday – Rest day as ill.

Friday – rest

Saturday – Long run – my plan said I should have been running 13 miles, but I only managed 11.3 miles! I am still not 100%, but I had this strange idea that perhaps as I had extra rest days this week, this run would be good; How wrong could I be? I wanted to give up after mile 1, mile 2, mile 3 and every mile after that! I was lucky that a club mate was running with me and she pulled me round. I found it hard to get my breath at times, and every part of my body ached. My shins were sore at the start, then my hamstrings were tight and towards the end my hip was aching; all in all it was a run to forget. Onwards and upwards.


Not the prettiest of stats, but its miles banked!

Sunday – I read an article in Runners World magazine about how important the hip muscles are. It suggests that most leg injuries stem from weak hips. They have a plan of action, so I thought it’s worth a try. Today I completed day 1, which was 10 reps of hip abductors (See photo below) and 10 reps of hip flexor strengtheners. I was not particularly good at them, so I am thinking it is very probable that it is a weak area of mine too!


Hip abductor strengthening exercise

As you can tell from above, this week did not go to plan at all! Frustrating, as I had really enjoyed the first 2 weeks, but I suppose the positive is that, it is only week 3, and its better now that later in the programme.

So how is everyone’s training going? Please accept my apologies for too much leg photos in this post!!!