Week 2 done and dusted, only 16 more to go! I am loving this marathon training again. I know that this it is very early days, but it is nice to have a focus again. If you missed my week 1 review, read it here
It’s half term in England at the moment and we travelled to see family. It’s so nice that the lockdown is easing and we can spend time with others again. I made sure that I knew my training schedule for the week and had thought about how I could fit it all in without impacting on the family.
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Stats: 20 minute Strength for Runners (Peloton Class)
I made sure that my resistant bands were packed this week. I knew that fitting in strength was going to be tough, but using the peloton app and my bands I got the muscles firing. It always amazes me that those little bands can inflict so much pain! I completed the same class as last week, but just using the bands too. I only fitted in 1 x strength this week, but I was okay with this. The house that we were staying in is over 4 floors, so I was up and down stairs a lot. This was classed as my other strength training! Why is it I can run marathons, but by the time I reached the third floor I was huffing and puffing like a steam train!!
Stats: 3 Miles Easy | Average pace 10:37
The sun was shining and this run was so lovely. I absolutely love running by the sea. I’m not sure if that is because it is usually flat or for the beautiful outlook but it fills my heart. I got a bit carried away at some points and had to rein in the pace. But I beautiful way to start the day.
Stats: REST DAY
Rest day but there was still plenty of steps covered.
Stats: 3 Miles Easy | Average pace 11:02
After being on the road for 6 hours, the last thing that I felt like doing was running. But that is the great thing about following a plan. It said easy 3 miles so that is exactly what I did! Well, not exactly as it said, as it felt far from easy!
I just didn’t have the brain power to think of a route so I jumped on the treadmill. It was a bit of a sweatfest and I wanted to stop for most of the run but it was another 3 miles banked.
Stats: 3 Miles Easy | Average pace 10:27
This run started quite tired but my legs eased into it and actually felt really good by the end. The weather had cooled down lots and I chose a route with a bit of downhill so that was nice. My average pace ended up being a little faster than it should have been, but I am blaming the downhill for that!
Stats: 3 Miles Easy | Average pace 10:33
My daughter has swimming on the weekends, so I decided to schedule my run whilst she was swimming. Great multitasking , although it meant I was running whilst it was fairly hot. It wasn’t too bad, although, again I kept getting carried away with the pace. I took some walk breaks (in the shade) to ensure the pace came down and to cool down a bit.
Stats: 4 Miles Easy | Average pace 10:39
This run would have been so much harder if my friend Sarah hadn’t drove up to join me. It is always so much nicer running with others and it has been a while since myself and Sarah have run together. You know that you are having a great run, when you are chatting away and the miles just tick over. I didn’t even really notice that it was a mile longer than all my runs this week.
So, that is week 2 completed. Next week is similar with lots of easy miles, but the runs step up to 4 miles. The weekly totals are still lower than I used to do, but I know that that it’s not to long until the mileage really ramp up and the sessions will start. This is just base building and is helping my body prepare for the hard work ahead!