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.

#VMLM2016 training – Week 7

Can you believe that we are now in to single digits for the weekly countdown!! That’s just a little bit scary – 9 weeks to go….

Monday – As I said last week, I am away this week, so I messaged my club coach to ask what the session was, so I could complete the same session on my own. I had all day to complete the session, but as always everything else got in the way, so I finally headed out just as it was getting dark! Luckily my club session was a pyramid session, so I picked a road next to my hotel and ran up and down, and up and down, and up and down… 5 miles in total! I think the locals must have thought I was mad! The session was 2, 4, 6, 8, 6, 4, 2 minutes tempo with half the time recovery. I was pleased that I managed to complete it and all efforts started with an 8: xx pace, but I wasn’t very consistent. I ranged from 8:00 to 8:54! It was a tough session, but I enjoyed it once I had completed it!

This picture was obviously taken earlier in the day, but I didn’t think you’d want to see a black picture!

Tuesday – Rest day – well in terms of running, but having a 4-year-old who is very active means you’re pretty much on the go all day!

Wednesday – My plan said that I needed to complete 10 miles today. I am always very conscious of how much time I spend away for my family when training, so thought it would be a good idea, to get up early and use the hotel treadmill. So whilst they were sleeping, I headed downstairs. I knew I was going to have to be mentally tough to complete the 10 miles, but it was worse than I could imagine! This was my view:

Pretty predictable, but I didn’t complete the 10 miles, after 1 hour and 20 I had just about had enough, so gave up. I headed back upstairs to find both my daughter and husband still fast asleep! How did Susie Chan ever manage to stay on a treadmill for 12 hours! Respect!

Thursday – Today was our day to travel home, so 9 hours in the car, meant this really was a rest day!

Friday – I completed some of the hip exercises I spoke about in week 3. They are really making a difference, the niggle I was getting in my knee has not reared its head for the last couple of weeks!

SaturdayBedford Park run – I always dread 5k – I just haven’t really run them enough. Also, I always think I should be quicker than I actually am! They are hard, I set off too fast and then die at the end. I tried to warm up a little this time, as last time I just walked to the start, and then wondered why it was so hard! Doh! It still wasn’t enough, but next time I WILL get there earlier enough to warm up properly.

I did the usual and started too fast, so faded at the end, but it didn’t feel as horrendous as last time, so that made me feel a little better. The text that came through said it was a PB of 27:31. It isn’t actually, but it was better than the last month so I am happy with that!

Sunday – Strength and Conditioning – I really need to do more of this!

I am really looking forward to getting back to a routine and getting a good weeks worth of training in. I have Brighton Half marathon next weekend, which I have done for the last 2 years. (Read 2014 report here, obviously didn’t do one for 2015?!?) I really like this race. I love running by the sea, and it’s an out and back, so I spend most of my race watching the speedy ones on the other side!

I like running half marathons! I think I need a year concentrating on just halves, and try to gain myself that elusive sub 2 hour time that I so want!

Which distance do you prefer to run?