Manchester Marathon training Week 5

Manchester Marathon Training Recap – Week 5

Well, this is going to be a short and sweet post. Week 5 of Manchester Marathon training hasn’t really gone to plan, but when does marathon training ever go smoothly?


With my hip/side still painful, even when just walking, I rested today. Hoping that I would be able to run tomorrow. I stretched my side lots, but it actually felt like the stretching was making it hurt more.


I thought that I was going to be able to run today, but the pain was still there when walking. It is such an awkward place that resting it is almost impossible. Every movement in bed, when I walk, standing up, just everything seems to make you engage your obliques. Saying it’s my obliques is totally self-diagnosed; not ideal but going to see a physio at the moment is out of the question.


With my hip rested and feeling a little better, I was struck down with a cold. Very annoying! I was in bed by 8 pm, asleep by 8:20 pm and then slept through until 6:30 am the next morning. I am sure you have gathered but no running again today.


I was still not feeling great today. I went to work, but I had that feeling when your eyes are sore and all you want to do is close them and lay in bed. So, day 5 of no running. Can you see why this week hasn’t quite gone to plan???


Feeling better, I decided to go for a test run to see how my hip was. I thought it was going to be lovely, as the weather was nice and it was still light outside when I got home from work. I got my music ready and was about to head out when my daughter said she wanted to come with me. Ahhh, how lovely I thought. Well, that didn’t quite go to plan as she whinged after just 30 seconds and made me feel like I’d forced her out ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, after returning her home 1/2 a mile in, I completed the other 1/2 mile on my own, with Oasis playing on my headphones.

I could feel my hip, it was tight but not sore. I felt VERY unfit, but it was lovely to be running. I stuck with just a mile as I wanted to see if there would be a reaction.


With no obvious reaction, I decided to head to Parkrun with Christine. I thought I could just walk when I needed too. Irchetser Parkrun isn’t the easiest, but luckily we started towards the back and that meant that we started slowly as it is congested.

I was surprised at how my breathing was; feeling ok and enjoying the running, we didn’t stop at all. My hip felt tight and I was aware of it the entire run, but it was hurting.

Parkrun band and tag.

It was really lovely to be running again. It was only a week without running, but it felt like a lifetime! I stretched lots when I got home and kept my fingers crossed that there was no reaction.


Luckily there was no reaction with my hip, but Storm Ciara was visiting so I actually enjoyed a lie-in. Tea in bed and a lazy morning was so nice! I had decided that I needed to run again, I am very aware that Manchester Marathon is getting very close and I haven’t really logged any big miles. I decided to get on the treadmill and see how many miles I could bank.

Does anyone else find it really hard to motivate themselves to run if they haven’t got it done in the morning? I knew I didn’t have the mindset to just run long on the treadmill and I still wasn’t totally confident with my hip.

So, I ran a mile then stopped and stretch. I increased the speed a little and then ran 2 miles. With a little speed increase again, I ran 3 miles. I would have liked to run 4 miles, but I knew that I didn’t have the time as my husband and daughter were waiting for me.

Manchester Marathon training on a treadmill.
The usual sweaty treadmill selfie.

I was really enjoying the running, singing along to the music; well miming, as no one needs to hear my singing voice! I was constantly checking my form and I could feel my hip, but it didn’t feel as tight as yesterday. Funnily, everything else seemed to hurt!

But I was happy with 6 miles banked in total. I would have liked more, but I don’t want to push it too soon.

Manchester Marathon Training.
How annoying is that 0.01!!!

Overview and Stats

I would be lying if I said I was confident for Manchester. I already felt so behind with my training, so missing last week hasn’t helped at all! But 8 weeks is still a long time, so let’s see what happens!

10 miles banked for week 5

Let’s hope that week 6 is ‘back on it’. Fingers crossed. Remember you can subscribe by adding your email address below. It means that every time I post, you will get it straight to your inbox.

If you have missed the previous weekly updates, read them here.


Manchester Marathon Training Recap – Week 4

Week 4 of Manchester Marathon training started well, but a small injury is worrying me a little now. If you have missed the previous weekly updates, read them here.


I didn’t set the alarm to get up early for my recovery run, but I had put my kit out just in case I was awake. When I looked at the clock and it said 5:45 am, I really wanted to stay in bed, but I knew I would be disappointed if I didn’t get up and run.

5k was completed on the treadmill, it wasn’t anything special. I kept it slow and just got it done.


It was another early morning as I made my way back to the gym. Strength work is so important and I have just been finding the early get-ups difficult, so it was nice to get back in the gym. A sad admission, but I got a little bit excited when the gym staff told me that the gym is now open from 6 am not 6:30 am! How sad is that??

Strength Training selfie


As I hadn’t completed a long run last weekend, I decided to run longer with Christine this week. I suggested a route, which was hilly but we went for it anyway. Christine wanted to do 15 miles, but I stuck to 11. We ran 8 together, then I stopped and let her do the extra 4 miles and then we completed the last 3 together. The last mile was up a particularly big hill. It was the hill that kept on giving and I have to be honest, I walked some of it. I was so hungry by this point, I was a little grumpy and just didn’t have the resilience to conquer the hill! hehe.

Rularuns action photo.


A recovery run was much needed today, yet I really wanted to go to ‘run club’ to see everyone. Waiting until 6:30 pm is sometimes hard, it gives you just enough time to sit down after work and then it takes everything to get yourself out the door! Anyone else find this?

The session was a speed session, but I just jogged all the reps. It is so hard not to be competitive! The evening was finished with a trip to the gym – well isn’t that the way every spends their wedding anniversary!! Yes, you read that correctly, it was my wedding anniversary and I went to ‘run club’ and the gym! My husband is a lucky man! hehe

Manchester Marathon Week 4 - run club squad photo


Rest day, which was lucky as I had a very sore hip. It was painful to walk at times. I tried massaging it, stretching it and ignoring it (typical runner) but it was quite painful.


As I am not covering huge mileage on my long runs at the moment I was happy to run long again. I made arrangements to run with Sarah. Early alarm set again, I think I may have forgotten what a lie-in is now! We met at 7:00 am and I did warn Sarah that my hip was not quite right so I would have to see how I went.

Early on I could feel it, but it wasn’t too bad. Around 8 miles, it started to be quite painful. Sarah went off to do some solo laps of the lake we were at, whilst I stretched. We had to get back to where Parkrun was starting, so I said I would try to run that part, but I would have to give Parkrun a miss. We slowed down and jogged back. I was surprised that my hip seemed to ease a little. So, like most runners, I pretended that I wasn’t injured and joined in with Pakrurn anyway. You would all do the same, wouldn’t you?

We took it very easy, but by the end my hip was sore. As we were finishing the run, I focussed on where the discomfort was. I realised that the tightness was coming from my side as well. I spoke to a friend of Sarah’s, who helped me stretch my side. Ouch, that’s all I can say!

Manchester Marathon Week 4 - Long run selfie.


Originally, I had planned to run the Junior Parkrun with my daughter. I thought running slowly would help my legs, but even after lots of stretches my side/hip said no way. Instead, I had to just be the proud mum at the side as my daughter collected her half marathon band.

So, an enforced rest day, but a fair bit of stretching trying to ease my side.

Overview and Stats

I am gutted to be nursing a little injury as I feel like I was working hard this week and right back ‘on it’. I purposely didn’t step up my mileage too quickly for exactly this reason, yet still seemed to be injured. Annoying!! I hope it eases quickly.

Manchester Marathon Week 4 - weekly total

27.5 miles banked for week 4

Who knows what will happen in week 5, I’ll just have to take it day by day.

New York Marathon Training – Week 4

I am STILL struggling with illness, my ‘cold’ has turned into sinusitis, so training this week was again tougher than it should have been. I moved my sessions around, to try to give myself an extra rest day, on the day I was fully congested, but the reshuffle didn’t work quite how I had hoped, so I still missed one of my scheduled runs. On a positive note, I managed one more session than last week!

So, the sessions completed were:

Monday: Mile Repeats

Thursday: Tempo Run. I was away so I managed to get to run in Bushy Park. I went early morning, the sun was shining and I just enjoyed the moment. Tempo’s are tough, and I did have a few stops to clear congestion, but I was happy to get it done.

Sunday – Long run day. I really struggled for motivation for this run. I was running solo as my run buddies are away on holiday. So, I got my music sorted and headed out at 7:30am. I spent the first 3 miles wondering why I was doing this, it was such a long way. I know that marathons are tough and you have to train for them, but my head would not accept this and it was a real battle to not head home. I then had a period of just putting one foot in front of the other, but as I approached 10 miles, I battled with myself as the route I had planned meant I had a mile ish uphill to get home, and this kept playing on my mind. Worrying about the hill took the enjoyment out of the preceding miles, silly really. Truth is the uphill wasn’t so bad, but i had psyched myself out of it, and I did walk a little of it! If I had managed approach it with a more positive mindset, I would have run it, no problem! Frustrating. Your mind is such a powerful tool, and can really influence your runs.


So, what do you do when you feel like your motivation isn’t what it should be? Me, I head to YouTube and find this:

I got so emotional watching this, it will be epic!

On to Week 5, and let’s hope this week is the week my health returns to 100% and all sessions are completed!

#VMLM2016 training – Week 4

Yet another week that hasn’t gone quite how I would like it, but here goes…

Monday – My calf was really sore yesterday, so I discreetly wore my compression socks under my work trousers! I messaged my coach to tell him about the horrible week last week and tight calf. I had planned to go to club tonight, but he suggested more rest, as his words were ‘never run when anything is tight’. So, again I missed club, booked myself in for a sports massage and completed some stretches.

Tuesday – Sports Massage. One of the runners at out club does sports massage, so I was lucky to get an appointment for today! She asked me what was hurting – I think my response was, “what wasn’t”! She worked her magic as always and I did feel so much better on Wednesday, but she advised not to run until Thursday, to let my body recover some more!

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Wednesday – More rest, so instead I stretched and did my hip exercises (see here)

Thursday – Today, I had planned to go to the gym after work and try a little run on the treadmill. Gym bag was packed, finished work and drove home! Not the plan, but I had such a headache and really did not feel up to running!

Friday – Rest

SaturdayBedford Park run – I still was not feeling great, but I had planned to run with others, so there was no backing out! I moaned most of the way there, could have quite easily got back in the car at the start, but when the gun went, I started running. I have completed the course before, but only once and it was a while back. The course is 2 and a half laps around Bedford Park, and you know it is going well, when after 400m you are trying to remember if its 2 and a bit laps or 1 and a bit! As you can imagine, I wanted it to be 1 and a bit laps!!! I ran with club mates for the first lap, and that was probably a mistake as I went off too fast. The 2nd lap was a constant battle to keep pushing the pace and the 3rd lap was a battle not to walk! Luckily, a man tried to overtake me on the final stretch which made my competitive nature kick in, so I at least finished with a sprint. My legs were ruined and I quite nearly brought my breakfast up, but now its over, I’m glad I did it! At the beginning of the year, I thought I this could be a potential PB run, but having not trained properly for 2 weeks, I was fairly happy with 27:51 (I think this might be my 3rd best 5k time!)

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Sunday – Rest – I was so glad that I didn’t have to run long again today, as I am really still not 100%. I spent A LOT of time on the couch and some of the time sleeping! I am hoping this is going to help next week be better. I am fed up of feeling ill and just want to get some quality training in!

Again, another week that was not good, but I did still complete 81 miles in January. February has to be my month!


How many miles did you manage in January?ย 


Week 4 of Marathon Training

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Week 4, and I’m sad to say that I no longer have a 100% record! Last weeks snow, my wedding anniversary and generally feeling a little low, meant that I missed one of my runs! Boo! ย Sad Face ๐Ÿ™ Oh well, not much I can do about it now – onwards and upwards! Here is what I did do this week: Tuesday – 3.55 miles in 36:22 mins ~ Average pace 10.14 Min/Miles Wednesday – 20 Minutes on treadmill whilst waiting for my niece. Then 3.91 miles outside with my niece (she cycles to keep me company!) in 40:45 minutes. So in total 60 minutes and covered 5.6 miles ~ Average pace 10:43 Min/Miles.


My training partner – we had to take about 20 pictures as I looked awful in them all, and wasn’t too good at taking the pic!! Kyah took charge in the end!

Sundays long run, was replaced with a 10K race. London Winter Run 10K Race report will follow soon. I ran to the start line, 0.5 miles, then my Garmin recorded the following stats:


Haven’t registered 9:xx minute/miles for a long time!

My official time was 1:0025. No where near a PB, but the fastest miles I have put in for a long time, and the bling was lovely! IMG_5321 Total Mileage this week: 15.92 miles I really feel like I need to be upping my weekly mileage, but this week is my step back week. I think my body needs it too! What is everyone else’s weekly totals?