#VMLM2016 training – week 14

So taper time is finally here, and I am SO ready for it! Well that was until I looked at my plan and it still said 15 miles for this weekend! That’s not much of a rest!

Monday – 3 mile recovery run. I was away, so I was lucky enough to complete this by the sea. I was surprised how good my legs felt. They got a little heavy towards the end, but I was still able to stick to a 10:20 pace!

 

Tuesday – Rest Day

Wednesday – 8 mile run. I love being on school holidays as running during the day is lovely. I had arranged to meet a friend at 1:30pm after looking at the weather, so you can imagine my dread when an absolutely down pour occurred at 1:00pm! I pulled out my long sleeve running top, my gloves and my rain jacket and took my grumpy face outside to meet my friend! It was cold, and I couldn’t believe the difference from the weather at the weekend. We both felt quite tired, so decided to take it as a slow jog. Yep, that was our plan, but in reality we worked quite hard, and actually I was really pleased with the pace.
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Thursday – 500’s at club. My legs were SO heavy. I could really feel all the miles in my legs! It was supposed to be run at 5k pace, but I really didn’t have that in me. I think my 500’s were run at around 8:50 pace and that was a hard enough.

Friday – Sports massage – I was so looking forward to this. Surprisingly, my sports masseur said how good my legs felt. They were tight from all the miles, but there wasn’t any real niggles, so that was good news.

Saturday – My plan said 15 miles for today – so much for TAPER!! I really wasn’t feeling this, I tried to think of every excuse to cut it short or not to go, but luckily I had arranged to meet some of my RunMND friends, so there was no way out. The first 3 miles were hard as always, trying to find a rhythm, but the route we took was lovely so it helped take me mind off the running.

Gorgeous running route


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After about mile 6, I started to feel comfortable – it takes me so long to warm up now! We ran at quite a pace, so I must say I was ready for it to be over around mile 13. It didn’t feel quite like the taper I have experienced in the past, but I’m glad I got it done. Surely, taper can start for real now!

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Sunday – Rest day

I love this time of year, as marathon season is in full flow now. Manchester today, Brighton next week and then London the following week 😀 Good luck to everyone running.

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Are you running a marathon this year? If you have run marathons, which one is your favourite? Or which one is on your bucket list? 

 

#VMLM2016 training – Week 13

No club sessions at all this week, which I didn’t like 🙁 School holidays are amazing, obviously, I would say that being a teacher, but being out of routine is not so nice.

Monday – Most of my team mates ran the local 10K today, but after my weekends half marathon  I decided to opt for a nice easy 5 miles. I also looked at the weather forecast, and made my run later on in the day, when the sun was out. After Cardiff Half, I couldn’t face another wet and windy run!

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – 6 miles easy. The weather was gorgeous today, and I really enjoyed my run. As it is school holidays, I could run in the morning, which I really like.

Thursday – Rest – although I did walk around London, so my legs did feel like they had a workout!

Friday – I felt really guilty for not running yesterday (a family day out was just more important) so I went out for a little 2 mile run. We are staying away from home, so I got to explore a little section of South Croydon!

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – Kingston Breakfast Run 20 miles. My last long run, before the big one 🙂 It was a gorgeous day, I paced it well and I’m really glad it’s over!! I will put together a write-up very soon.

AT LAST it’s taper time, and I am so ready for it! There were so many races this weekend, I love this time of year! So well done if you ran. Let me know which races you did, just comment below! 

#VMLM2016 training – Week 12

Monday – Mile repeats at club. My legs were heavy from the weekends 20 miles, so these were completed at a steady pace, and to be honest the pace slowed considerably as the reps progressed.

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Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – 8 miles steady run. I still felt the miles in my legs, and I constantly remind myself that I am training on tired legs. The run felt quite tough, but when finished I realised that  we had pushed the pace quite a bit, so I was happy with it.

Thursday – Drills at club. Lots of our club are running the local 10K on Easter Monday, so this was a light session. We completed some running drills, squats and light running. Probably just what I needed and lots of fun. I also had the best post delivery today too.

Friday – Rest – travelled to Cardiff Expo to collect my running number.

Saturday – IAAF Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships 🙂 It was amazing, and a full race report will be posted very soon.

Sunday – Rest.

Anyone else #runtheworlds ?

#VMLM2016 training – Week 11

Monday – I went to club and my group were doing mile reps! My legs told me, I was NOT doing mile reps, so I joined the group below and chatted my way around a recovery run. My legs were tired and at times this run felt hard, and I was averaging 11:45 pace! I completed 3.5 miles and it was just what I needed.

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – 10 miles. I met 2 of the ladies from club to complete our usually 5 mile loop. My legs still felt quite heavy, and about 2 miles in I thought I was going to be lucky to make it to 10! For my second 5 miles, I was running with one of the men from club, and during mile 3 I was really worried that I was going to slow him down too much and struggle. Then, just after 5 mile mark, my legs seemed to switch on. It was as though they had warmed up and realised that they needed to run. The second 5 miles was really nice; we picked up the pace and I actually felt quite comfortable. The route finished almost right outside my house, yet I felt I could have kept going easily!

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Thursday – 400 reps. Everyone at club was pushing the pace, but our coach suggested myself and a few others that were racing this weekend, should just jog the reps. We ended up running for around 2/3 minutes and resting for the same amount of time. Even though I was running very easy, my shoulders were very tight. I was told to run, imaging that I was holding a crisp between my thumb and finger, that I was not to break. As soon as I adopted this position, my shoulders did relax, so I need to remember this.

Friday – Sports massage – I was lucky to get an extra appointment in this morning, to work on my shoulders, ready for tomorrow!

Saturday – 20 MILES! My amazing team mates at club helped me organise a route, and then come out to run with me. It was a bit of a tag team. I ran 5.5 miles with Rachel and Tracie, then 0.5 of a mile on my own, to meet Sam, Keith and Andy. They then took me on their normal 10 mile route, which was a little undulating, but I felt pretty strong throughout, and the hills that had previously annoyed me on this route, didn’t feel too bad. Finally, Tina met me to run my last 4 miles. It was amazing, they were all so supportive, all could have run much quicker than I was running, but stuck with my pace to help me. I had planned to run around 10:30 pace, but I ended up averaging a 10:21 pace. The only negative was that when my watch flashed up 20 miles, I stopped and saved it straight away. I don’t usually do this, but for some reason, I was worried that I would delete it. Once it was saved, I noticed the watch said 19.9 miles!! WHAT….. As I had saved it, I couldn’t just add it on the last 0.1 of a mile!!

Sunday – Rest day – although I have to report that I am so surprised how good my legs feel today, I think the football my daughter made me play yesterday afternoon, and the game of tag this morning, really helped my legs recover! Let’s see how they are tomorrow!

This time in FIVE weeks it will all be over!!!! I can’t believe how close it is!

#VMLM2016 training – Week 10

Monday – 1200’s – these were hard tonight. The 18 miles were still in my legs, and I could feel it towards the end of this session.

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – A ridiculous long day at work, meant that I had to have another rest day today! I was grumpy, as I would have rather been running!

Thursday – Hills, hills and more hills. That is all!

Friday – Rest

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – Silverstone Half Marathon – Not my finest performance, but I will write a race report and give you the full story in the week.

Overall not the best week of training, but I’m now putting that behind me and next week will be better!

Anyone else race this weekend? How did you get on?