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! πŸ˜ƒ) . 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 πŸ—½πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ. . . . . . . . . . #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 8

Half way point!!! It’s all down hill from here…. (I hope not!)

Monday – 5k time trial at club. I was slightly disappointed with my run at Parkrun. All this training I am doing, I expect to be a little closer to my PB, but when I keep fading in the final mile, It’s frustrating! And as much as I whine about running 5K’s, as they are HARD, I was surprisingly pleased when I arrived at club and was told we were running a 5K time trial.

I was determined to run my own race, and NOT fade at the end, and I did. I managed a 26:54, with pretty consistent splits; 8:24, 8:39, 8:39 πŸ™‚

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – 10 Miles – The sun was out, and I headed out to meet friends when it was still light! 3 miles to meet them, 5 miles nattering all the way round – well not nattering, but moaning about being cold! For my final 2 miles, I headed home but cranking up the pace. I think my final mile was my fastest, it felt good.

Thursday – Hills with club – My legs were destroyed from last nights run, and I have Brighton half Sunday, so I took this one EASY! (A little lazy really!)

Friday – Rest

Saturday – Rest

SundayBrighton Half Marathon – I LOVE this race. This is my third year in a row, and I really enjoyed it again. I completed it in 2:02:11 – my second fastest time ever! A full report will follow later.

It was great to get my first race of 2016 completed. 2 weeks until Silverstone and 4 weeks until Cardiff πŸ™‚

Hope training is going well for everyone. What races have you got lined up?