Girl running on track

Chicago Marathon Training – Week 6

Week 6 of Chicago Marathon Training done and dusted. It was tough, but no one said running a marathon would be easy. Details below of how week 6 sessions went and now it’s only 10 weeks until marathon day!

Monday – 12 x 400m – Av Pace – 7:34 min/mile

It appears that when I can’t make Run Club, my coach sets me a much harder session!! That sucks as I am away a lot this holiday time, so it looks like I have to suck it up and get on with the hard training sessions. Making it to a track to complete this session was amazing. I LOVED IT! It was so nice to run on a track. I obviously got a little over-excited running on a track, as my warm-up mile was way too fast!

Girl running on track
Obviously this photo wasn’t posed for the ‘gram’ hehe

Tuesday – Rest Day

I did plan to do a home strength session and it just didn’t happen. So rest day.

Wednesday – Doug Anderson 5K race – Av Pace 8:26 min/mile

It wasn’t quite what I had hoped for, but you can read all about it here.

Race photo
It almost looks like I am enjoying this race!

Thursday – Club Session – Av Pace – See photo

This session was SO hard. My legs were not my friends, but luckily they let me complete the session with paces that were not too bad! My legs felt heavy during the warm up, then we did 3 x 4 mins @5k pace. Luckily, I knew my pace from the day before! The 3 x 2 mins – faster than 5k pace; I wasn’t totally sure I had any faster in my legs, but I worked hard. The 7 minutes tempo. My coach has increased my tempo pace, so I was aiming for 8:45 pace and got it pretty much spot on. Then to finish the session 3 x 1 minute. I worked hard, but my legs were not happy by these sprints!

Splits from run club training session.

Friday – Rest Day

I desperately needed my legs to be ready for the weekend of running, so I spent plenty of time on the foam roller and completed a yoga stretch session for runners.

Saturday – 6 mile easy – Av Pace

Sorting a route for this run just wasn’t happening. I needed to get it done and I didn’t really want to think about it too much. I also didn’t like the idea of tackling ANY inclines, so I opted for the treadmill. Tunes on and in the comfort of my own garage it meant #sportsbrasquad too.

I decided to concentrate on form whilst doing this run, so different KM’s were to concentrate on arm position, then arm drive, then glute engagement, foot placement etc. It made the run go by ok.

Sunday – 18 miles Long Run – Av Pace

I am SO bored with writing about how bad my long runs are going during this training cycle. The silly thing is, I think it’s my mind that is letting me down more than my legs. I wasn’t overly confident heading out, but I had to give it ago. After last weeks tough run, I was nervous about this and then when mother nature called giving my painful period cramps I just went with it!

I was lucky enough that I had club mates with me for the first part of the run. I had said that I wasn’t too bothered about keeping to pace and even when we hovered around the 10-minute/mile pace, I felt ok but not as comfortable as I thought I should have! On reflection, it was probably the 6 miles the day before that caused this. I have never run Saturday and Sunday during other marathon cycles, so I suppose I am just getting my body used to running on tired legs!

3 Ladies running.
All smiles for the early miles during this training session

Solo from mile 10 onwards and I thought I would be able to grind out 8 more miles. But I just got slower and slower and kept stopping. Many times I had to give myself a talking too. I was drinking far more water than usual, so when I ran out of water around mile 12, I knew I was going to struggle to get to 18 miles.

Trying every trick in the book to keep myself going; mantras, why I was running, how I would feeling once I was finished, but none of it worked. At 16 miles, I quit and headed for the nearest shop. Let’s just say my coca-cola did not last long!

When quitting at 16 miles, I thought to myself that I would jump on the treadmill later that evening to finish off the run – that DID NOT happen.

At times I have worried about not hitting all my sessions, or not feeling how I think I should feel, but keep reading back over the previous marathon cycles on here is helping me realise, I am training hard than I ever have before and some speeds are faster than before, so again, I just have to ‘trust the process’ as Marathon Talk Podcast would say!

New York Marathon Training – Week 6

Finally, I am feeling a bit more like myself, and even though I didn’t manage too many hard sessions this week, I did manage to bank the miles and complete 4 sessions.



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My long run this week was quite strange. I almost feel like I have lost a bit of my mental toughness. I spent the first three miles telling myself that I wouldn’t be able to complete the run and that I was too weak. As I tried to block the negativity, I realised that it was all in my head, as my legs actually felt fine and I wasn’t even really out of breath! Ridiculous how your mind can make or break your runs. I really need to find some mental strategies/toughness for the next 10 weeks!

If anyone has any tips for mental toughness, please post below and let me know.

#VMLM2016 training – Week 6

Yay, finally a full week!! So here is what a complete week looks like:

Monday – 1.5 mile repeats with club. The weather was hideous. I don’t think I’ve ever trained in so much wind! Our 1.5 mile loop incorporated a hill, which is usually quite tough. We turn around at the top and head back down – the bit we all look forward too. Not today, going down hill against the the wind was like running in treacle. Lots of effort but not really going anywhere. Pace went out the window and it was a case of just getting it done! Tuesday – Nike Training Club – yoga for runners and runners strength and balance.

Wednesday – 9 miles. For the first time, I ran on my own for the first and last 2 miles of this run, and I actually really enjoyed it! I put marathon talk podcast on and enjoyed running my own pace. It did make a difference as I was also running earlier than normal,so it was still light: Spring is on its way 🙂

Thursday – HILLS – I really do not like hills, but this session was worse than just hills, after we had completed one hill rep we ended with a 400m lap (which was supposed to be fast) This was tough.  Friday – Rest

Saturday – 16 miles. I was lucky as a few club mates planned their runs around me to keep me company and it made this run SO much easier. I ran 2 miles to meet someone, we both ran another 3 miles to meet 2 others. The four of us then did a 7 mile loop, after the loop we were back to 2, and then 3 miles later, on my own to finish the last 2. I did find mile 13 a struggle as there was a hill, and I really DO NOT like hills!! Running with people is awesome and joining a running club was the best thing ever. If you are thinking about it, do it! 

Shortly after my run, we were on a road trip up to Scotland so my trustee RMR compression socks were on, and a hot water bottle stopped my hips seizing up!

  Sunday – Rest

All in all a good week. Next week will be a test, as I am away, so no club sessions and 3 solo sessions!

I’ll leave you with this…..

Do you like running on your own?


Week 6 – London Marathon Training


Away at the moment, so just a quick update from last week!

Monday – rest

Tuesday – was supposed to do 40 minutes, but only managed 20 on the treadmill before work! (Husband was away!!)

Wednesday – speed work – 10 minutes warm up, 60 secs fast, 2 minutes jog x 8, 10 minutes cool down. Couldn’t wait to check speed when I got home!! Legs felt like lead, so wasn’t expecting anything fast!! Didn’t set Garmin up correctly, so have no idea of pace as it didn’t track distance! Doh!

Thursday – rest

Friday – tempo run. Completed on treadmill, 10 minutes warm up, 5 min tempo, 5 mins steady x3, 10 minutes cool down. Completed tempo sections at 9.30 pace, so happy with that.

Saturday – rest.

Sunday – Long run – 10 miles. Really wasn’t up for it, legs felt heavy until about 5 miles in. Wanted to give up every minute up until about 7 miles, then at 9 miles, couldn’t wait for it to be over!! But done and dusted. One to week 7!

Some sponsorship money started to come in this week, so that was very exciting and motivating!


Week 7 will end with Brighton half. Anyone else collecting bling this weekend?