London Marathon 2016 / Marathon Training / Marathon Training Week 1

#VMLM2016 training – Week 1

Week one down, FIFTEEN more to go! Wow, I’d forgotten how hard marathon training is. This week really was a shock to the system. Actually, I think I’ve just realised how lazy I have become. The consistency of my training has not really been there lately, and I really felt that during this last week. So here goes;

Sunday – Long run – 8 miles. My plan suggested a pace on 9.55, which I was very apprehensive about. I thought LR’s were supposed to be when you catch up on all the gossip with you mates. Let’s just say, there were some silences on this run. At the start it didn’t feel too comfortable, but once I had warmed up the pace was actually ok.

Monday – Club 10K time trial. My coach had originally set me a time of 55 minutes to finish in. I did tell him that this would require me getting a PB! His response was, ‘you should be able to run that time, looking at your 5K time. I interpreted  that as ‘Zip up your Mansuit’ So that’s what I did. I probably went out too fast and found that towards the end, I was just hanging on. My Strava suggests it was a PB in 56.44, but I know that back in 2009, I ran a 10K in 56:20, so no PB, but I was pleased to get so close.
Tuesday – Rest day – Phew! I really need to stretch, as my hamstrings were not my friend today!

Wednesday – 6 miles steady run. This was supposed to be at 9.30 pace, but I took the decision to wear my watch, but not look at it. I wanted to run on feel. My body was tired, and I don’t need to be pushing too hard, too soon. With the exception of the warm up, we generally stuck around the 10 – 10.15 pace and I found the last mile so hard. I really had to grit my teeth to get it done. I spent a long time after this run, stretching and foam rolling.


Check out my new provitz jacket! Can you see me?? 🙂

Thursday – Club speed session. I am pleased to say my legs felt better, but this was still tough. 1 minute fast, 1 minute recovery x 4, 3 minutes rest, 30 seconds fast, 30 seconds recovery x 4, then repeat it all!

Friday – Sports massage – Ouch. Enough said!

Saturday – Long run – 10 miles. One of the worse things about marathon training is the early weekend alarms. I was going away this weekend, so my run needed to be an early one – 8am. Now, this doesn’t sound too early, but having to eat breakfast 2 hours before I run, means my alarm was set for 6am (on a Saturday!!) I was lucky that a few of my friends were all crazy enough to run at that time too, so for 5 miles there were 3 of us, then 2 more joined us for the last 5. The weather was AWFUL, but I really enjoyed the run.


I really must learn how to take a decent Selfie!! ?

So, all in all not a bad first week. I just now need to keep up that intensity and consistency for another fifteen weeks. I am feeling positive about this marathon prep. Having joined a running club, and meeting so many like-minded runners, they are all so supportive and always willing to join me on a training run.

How is training going for you? Anyone else doing London?

An average runner that has found a passion for running and raising money/awareness for MNDA. I have completed London, New York, and Chicago marathons. I am tempted to go for the Six-Star finishers medal, running all the World Marathon Majors, but that's a dream in progress.

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