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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Marathon Training – Week 9 & Week 10

Life has been hectic, but training must go on. I have missed sessions, but I’ve done as much as I can, and that’s all I can do!

Week 9

Monday

3.1 miles at run club consisting of hills, 400m, 800m and steps! Can you believe no picture as I left my phone at work!

Wednesday

Thursday

Sunday

Week 10

Wednesday

Thursday

Sunday

You can tell that my runs are now getting to the business end of training, as my photographs are pretty poor. No action shots as I can’t stop to take them, and during the run i’m concentrating too much to remember – this must be a good sign right?

Only 6 weeks to go, and it’s about this time that I wish I had completed every session, stretched more, completed more strength work…. The usual. Ballot results from London will be happening in a week or so; maybe if I get a place, I’ll actually do all of the above! Or maybe I’ll blog about wishing I had done it AGAIN!

Anyone else repeat the same mistakes over and over?

 

New York Marathon Training – Week 7 & Week 8

Marathon training is hard! If it wasn’t, everyone would be doing it. To make things tougher for me, I have been ill, I have started a new job, I am in the process of moving house, and this week my mother-in-law passed away. I can handle all of this, and training, but I am writing it down here, to remind myself to stop beating myself when life gets in the way of training.

I have missed a few sessions, and I missed last weeks training post, so here goes:

Week 7

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[TEMPO] I am not a fan of the tempo run!! Is anyone?? I dread Wednesday's as I know my plan says Tempo run at 9:15 pace 😱 . I'm sure if I ran with a friend, running this pace, I would be able to keep up with them and squeeze out the odd response in a conversation (mainly lead by them! 😃) . But put me on my own, with 5 miles of tempo running, and I constantly tell myself I can't do it, and have to stop to give myself a talking too! . But, it's done, its more miles banked and tomorrow I will be stronger! #loverunning 🗽🇺🇸. . . . . . . . . . #tcsnycmarathon #NewYorkMarathon #nycmarathon #marathontraining #run #runner #running #runnerslife #runslikeagirl #runningcommunity #womensrunning #runmummyrun #ukrunchat #runnersofinstagram #instarunners #igrunners #runnersofig #RunnersRepost #runhappy #runstagram #runspiration #worlderunners

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Another weekend, another long run, preparing for @nycmarathon With only 9 weeks to go, this is getting real! . Decided to run @northamptonhalf with additional miles to clock this weeks miles. So much more enjoyable running with people and especially running with @kteeea – she is truly awesome company! . Felt quite strong in parts of this run, but now getting to the tough end of marathon training, so time to dig deep #loverunning . . . . . . . #northamptonhalfmarathon #tcsnycmarathon #marathontraining #run #runner #running #thisgirlcan #thisgirlruns #instarunners #runnersofinstagram #runnerslife #runnersofig #runnerscommunity #RunnersRepost #nycmarathon #NewYorkMarathon #LongTrainingRun #longrun #igrunners #runnersofig #runningcommunity #runmummyrun #ukrunchat #runhappy #halfmarathon #teammnd #runmnd #getouttorun #movedme

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Week 8

I really enjoyed my long run this week, I felt strong for the first time this marathon cycle. Getting back in to a routine with work will help with training, and I am trying to make sure that I eat and drink when working. Sounds silly, but school are so hectic, it is easy to miss lunch time and then not be fuelled for club sessions.

So, half way point, NYC Marathon is in 8 weeks, the runs get long and this is the tough end of the training, but it’s fine, I’ve got this! (I hope :-))

My concerns now are turning to my marathon outfit! (Yes, I know SO girly!) I will be wearing my Team MND vest, but I fancy some running capris that either have some link to England/Great Britain or blue and orange. I’ve searched and searched but haven’t found anything, so if anyone has any suggestions/links, please leave a comment below.

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.

Monday

Wednesday

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Early morning miles along #Brighton beach this morning. . Should be #Tempo Wednesday, but try's no to keeping the effort level relaxed and just bank the miles this week. . Didn't look at watch as didn't want to worry about pace. Breathing all good, legs felt heavy and stiff still. Wanted to say quit for most of the first 3 miles, then it appeared that my legs warmed up and enjoyed the final 3 miles. #loverunning . . . #run #runner #running #runnerslife #runhappy #instarunners #runnersofinstagram #igrunners #runnersofig #runstagram #runslikeagirl #thisgirlcan #thisgirlruns #marathontraining #NewYorkMarathon #tcsnycmarathon #nycmarathon #runmummyrun #ukrunchat #runningcommunity

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Thursday

Sunday

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.

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MIA: What have I been up to?

So, as the title suggests, I seem to have been Missing In Action! I’m glad to report that even though my blogging mojo seems to have gone missing, my running mojo hasn’t. If you follow me on Strava you will see that I am still running at least 3 times a week, and my other social media outlets have documented some of my training sessions and races that I have been taking part in. If you are not following me the links are as follows Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I picked up a PB yesterday at Bedford Parkrun which I was really pleased about.

My one running goal for the remainder of this year is to go sub 2 hours for a half marathon. I have booked 3 half marathons, and thought that I would work hard all over the summer and that would be  job done! Well, then I booked a holiday for 3 weeks, and I am now a little worried that the said ‘hard training‘ may not happen!

I am going to a place just outside Marbella, and I have stayed here before, so I know that the place is VERY hilly, and I really struggled to find any distance routes previously. There is a chance, that I was just being lazy, but I find running long routes on holiday much harder. I am sure if you were running with someone, it would be fun exploring, but running off into the unknown does worry me. It’s also the fact that you have to get up EARLY to get a run in, before it gets too hot! At home that’s fine, on holiday I struggle!

Last time I went, I took a skipping rope and did use it most days, my daughter is now older, so I hope to be able to swim a lot more, and I have my Nike Training App, so hopefully I can keep my fitness up and then crack on with the long runs when I return to the familiar routes.

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So, any tips on how to achieve a sub 2 half? 

The best running decision I ever made…joining a running club.

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while, and now that it is beginners month with @ukrunchat, it seemed very apt to finally finish and publish it.

If you are thinking of taking up running, or you want to take your running to the next level, join a club. It seems like the scariest thing in the world; How can you join when you are not a proper runner? Will you be too slow? What if no-one speaks to you? The negative thoughts go on and on. But seriously it is the best thing that I ever did. I’m not saying joining a run club works for everyone, but finding the right running club for you will increase your enjoyment of running x 100.

Training session with TB

I had tried a running club when I lived in Surrey, and even though I enjoyed it at the time, I got injured as I was trying to keep up with a very fast paced group and had to stop going after the third week. When I had recovered I didn’t go back, I just preferred plodding on my own, at my own pace.

Now that I have joined Team Balancise, it is awesome. Definitely, the best decision I have made for my running. From day one, I have enjoyed every session. I have met a wonderful group of people and I look forward to training every week.

YMCA??? Anyone? Photo Credit @AndyBrayford

So, what are the benefits of joining a club? Here are just a few I can think of:

  1. You meet like-minded people. Runners are a special type, and at a running club, everyone is that same ‘type’ as you! There is no such thing as TMI when it comes to runners, we share all sorts of information with each other, that any Muggles (non-runners) just wouldn’t understand!
  2. You can talk about running until your heart’s content, and your club mates will join in too! They actually like your running status on social media, and are really pleased for you when your run goes well! They understand when you are excited about the PB you got, and they are often just as excited for you.
  3. Training runs are always so much more fun as you have people to run with. My training cycle for London this year was so much more enjoyable as I chatted my way around most of my long runs, and then was pushed to work harder through all of my speed sessions.
  4. My club mates are so supportive. If I ever had a wobble during the lead up to London, they always gave sensible advice and gave me the belief that I could do it. Seeing them on the sideline at London gave me a huge boost.
  5. Being part of a club also helps you to find out about local races. I know most races are advertised all over the internet, but I have found out about so many local races through my club. I would have never competed in the Peterborough Half Marathon had it not been for TB, but I loved it and will be doing it again!
  6. The coaches push you harder than you would push yourself on your own, but they also are able to adapt the session for all abilities, so you never feel out of your depth.
  7. The sessions are always varied. Running the same route, the same pace and at the same time, each week can quickly become boring. Being part of a club means you run a variety of routes, lots of different types of sessions and quite often all the sessions you try to avoid when on your own!
  8. In the correct club, your running improves. I have definitely become a better runner since joining a club. I am better at pacing, I am better at training, and I love my running SO much more.
  9. On the days you really don’t feel like running, but you have made arrangements to meet a club mate, you go and you always feel better afterwards.
  10. Clubs are full of so much experience. For most people, there will always be people faster than you, runs longer than you and vice versa. You can learn from all of them!
Team Balancise 2019

I am sure that there are many, many more reasons to join a club, so feel free to add your reasons below. If you are not part of a club, and you are thinking about it, my advice; do it! If it’s not the right club for you, find another because when you find the right club, you’ll love running just that little bit more.