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 ๐Ÿ˜ฑ . 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! ๐Ÿ˜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 ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ. . . . . . . . . . #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 4

I am STILL struggling with illness, my ‘cold’ has turned into sinusitis, so training this week was again tougher than it should have been. I moved my sessions around, to try to give myself an extra rest day, on the day I was fully congested, but the reshuffle didn’t work quite how I had hoped, so I still missed one of my scheduled runs. On a positive note, I managed one more session than last week!

So, the sessions completed were:

Monday: Mile Repeats

Thursday: Tempo Run. I was away so I managed to get to run in Bushy Park. I went early morning, the sun was shining and I just enjoyed the moment. Tempo’s are tough, and I did have a few stops to clear congestion, but I was happy to get it done.

Sunday – Long run day. I really struggled for motivation for this run. I was running solo as my run buddies are away on holiday. So, I got my music sorted and headed out at 7:30am. I spent the first 3 miles wondering why I was doing this, it was such a long way. I know that marathons are tough and you have to train for them, but my head would not accept this and it was a real battle to not head home. I then had a period of just putting one foot in front of the other, but as I approached 10 miles, I battled with myself as the route I had planned meant I had a mile ish uphill to get home, and this kept playing on my mind. Worrying about the hill took the enjoyment out of the preceding miles, silly really. Truth is the uphill wasn’t so bad, but i had psyched myself out of it, and I did walk a little of it! If I had managed approach it with a more positive mindset, I would have run it, no problem! Frustrating. Your mind is such a powerful tool, and can really influence your runs.


So, what do you do when you feel like your motivation isn’t what it should be? Me, I head to YouTube and find this:

I got so emotional watching this, it will be epic!

On to Week 5, and let’s hope this week is the week my health returns to 100% and all sessions are completed!