Thanks for indulging me last post. It felt good to get some of those things out of my head and somewhere else. The next day I decided on a training program, and for the last two weeks I’ve been following it.
I’m following a beginner’s marathon training plan from Runner’s World, and I have absolutely no idea what a realistic time goal would be. Most of the runs are based on time rather than distance, and there’s no hill/speed work in this beginner plan, which is a major silver lining to taking a step back. Although… I do miss hills, but sadly we now live in a flat flatty flat town. So. What’s a girl to do? 😉
Week one of my training started in week 5 of the plan, and things aren’t going badly at all. Here’s what my first week looked like:
- Monday: 1 hour run. 9.7km distance, 6.08/km pace.
- Tuesday: rest
- Wednesday: rest (great plan, right?)
- Thursday: time 2 mile run. 19.02 minutes
- Friday: 90 minute run. 13.3km distance, 6.44/km pace.
As you can see, my pace is pretty inconsistent at the moment (thanks Storm Gertrude for those strong winds), and my little sidekick comes with me on every run. But I’m feeling positive: I know how it will feel, and what the challenges will be. Each run almost always involves a pretty severe stitch for the first 15 minutes or so which I think is because your torso can’t swing freely while pushing the buggy. But I’m no sports doctor, or any doctor in fact, so that might not be the reason. It might be because I’m embracing all the coffee and cake on offer while on maternity leave.
So, London, it’s on like Donkey Kong. I’m coming to get you!