Diary of a runner - 10 weeks to go
The past week has been good for running. The warm weather is welcome so a few training runs have taken place around mid day as the marathon and half marathon will start at 10.15am so it’s important to run in the heat as you would expect the end of August to be warm! I managed to run 7ml, 6x300m strides and 4ml over the past while with the last two Sundays seeing the long runs rising to 13ml and 15ml each week. Still feel good but, as I always do each year well before a marathon, had a appointment with my doctor to check bloods and general health. Unfortunately, he can do nothing for sore muscles and general wear and tear on the body!!
I hope your training is going well. With only 10 weeks to go the longer runs at the weekend take time so it earlier starts which are not so easy with the world cup on so late! However I hope all is going to plan but don’t be afraid to adjust and sometimes you can only do what you can.
Enjoy this week and the local 5k’s around the county
Training Update – 12 weeks to go
The past week has been great in terms of getting out on the road. I managed to run 3 days last week and a long run yesterday morning, (Bank Holiday so had a wee sleep on Sunday!). So it ended up with 4ml, 5ml and 5k (this was a race on Friday night so it was faster than the usual run). During the 4ml run I used the telegraph poles for strides and decided to do 10 along the route, interspersed with jogging. That felt good. I have added the press-ups and squats to the end of the shorter runs now and I feel it helps with the longer runs. Delighted yesterday morning to do 21k in Ramelton with my running partner. We now feel back on course with our training.
The real building work begins now with longer weekend runs and over the months of June and July I hope to be moving steadily upwards in mileage – 13ml, 15ml to 18mls by end of June and 22ml max x 2 in July sandwiched by 18ml and 15 ml runs. While there might be some 5 and 10k races midweek, the longer runs at weekend are a must at this stage. Also hopefully an extra track session of 8 x 300m strides to increase upper body strength and ability to increase pace if needed without being exhausted later in the marathon.
That all sound s exhausting already so I need to break it down into the weekly run and take one at a time
If you did Derry/Londonderry, Cork or the Women’s Mini-Marathon, congratulations and well done and be proud of your achievement. Hopefully you fulfilled a personal goal.
Get yourself rested and look at the Donegal Marathon/ Half marathons in 3 months time. Enjoy the training this week – Good luck
Experienced marathon runner from Donegal.