Marathon Training Week 6

6 weeks into training! And still I feel like a novice. 6 weeks in also means that it’s only 10 weeks til Race Day, which will fly by. I’ve gotten into a nice little habit of 3-4 runs a week: a gentle run, a tempo run, speed/hill work and a long run. Usually I can’t meet the full requirements of the training schedule, but I’m balancing it by doing strength work too…

 

On Saturday I broke a personal record of mine: I ran the furthest I’ve ever ran in my life. In all the years on this earth! Here is how my training went during the last week:

  • Monday: 2.5m/4k tempo run to Tempest Runners, 2.7m/4.5k gentle with the Runners
  • Tuesday: Lunchtime Lunges & hill repeats
  • Wednesday: rest
  • Thursday: 6m/10k tempo run
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: 14.2m/22.8k in 2:03

 

It’s been a long time since I had race day nerves, but they were there for Saturday’s run…. On Friday night, poor SB  was trying to watch Predator, but had to deal with a truculent, vicious creature of his own who jumped out of nowhere and made misery.  On Saturday I just wanted to get it started. I don’t know why it was such a big marker for me – it was only 2 miles longer than I had done the weekend before – but I was bricking it.

 

And then once I started, it was fine! Thankfully the time I had to do it in made for a really relaxed pace, but I soon found myself speeding up a little. It seems my natural pace, if I was to run and not track anything, is around an 8:30 mile.

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Running in Durham’s old streets

SB ran with me for the first 3 miles, and then I was on my own for the rest as he went to the gym. Strangely enough it was much easier than the run the previous week, and I think it’s down to two things:

  1. I was running in a strange place the week before – we were in Birmingham, and I didn’t know the roads, so I had no markers or familiarity on the route
  2. I fueled properly – this time I had breakfast before I ran, and two gels on the way around. Last week I had a lucozade and a banana before I left, and that’s it. Not the smartest move!

 

The last four miles were in some really strong wind, which made it so much more fun that I could have run for another 4 miles. Not really – the wind was awful, and I was glad I only had to contend with it for the final stretch.

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The nicest view to run beside: Durham Cathedral

By the time I finished, my legs were starting to feel tired, but I could imagine myself being able to run on. Whether I could manage another 12 miles is a different story, but I could have done another mile or three for sure. And this has done loads for my confidence! I’m not kidding myself that the final 12 miles in a marathon will be easy, but if I can get to mile 14 feeling as ok as I did on Saturday, then hopefully that will bode well :)

 

I made sure to finish my run at Sainsburys so I could get my favourite post-run treat: a chocolate For Goodness Shakes.

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Nothing tastes as good after a long run as one of these bad boys, and they contain the perfect combo of protein and carbs to help you recover. I just can’t say enough about them.

 

Ellie B

2 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 6

  1. 14.2 miles is amazing!!! And 8.5minute mile pace is not too shabby either. I’m making it my mission to do another couple of 10km runs next year… Inspired by you! (And Gilly)

  2. Well done! It’s very exciting when you start setting new distance records! I remember when I went to 14km and thought OH MY GOD!!!! You sound like you’re tracking so well for the big event!!

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