11th August 2014 – 13 days to go!!!
Whoa! 13 days to go. I was on hols for a few weeks but still managed to train. It’s great to be well on the wind down now and looking about keeping yourself free from injury and resting with plenty of sleep. Having said that i nearly broke my arm today as i slipped getting into the car!!
So for me while it’s about keeping the running ticking over, it’s also about building up the positive mental approach needed for such a long run. I need to work on this and the Motivation Mondays on our Face book page are brilliant and witty for this. I will try to get some quiet time over the next 2 weeks to sit and relax, visualise the route and remind myself that I have done enough training and I will run it all
So good luck to you as you look after yourself. If it’s your first half or full marathon, don’t panic if you think you haven’t done enough. You have so believe in what you have done over the summer months. August 24th will be a great day for us all and our families will be supportive and happy for us.
Take care and eat well
17th July 2014 - 37 days to go
Just when you’re doing great and feeling great, you get hit with a weekend summer sniffle! That affected the long run on Sunday last so like life you adjust and adapt. The summer cold came upon me after a great week’s training which included 9K, 8x 300m strides and a 14k runs. Delighted with that but on Friday night the runny nose started and while treated with carrageen and elderflower tea I was unable to run the 35 as planned. The long run was postponed until Wed 16th so 7am in Letterkenny saw me run 30k in rain and heat. I was delighted with that but sore left calf muscle and right knee – time for ice
Plan until end of July is two 35k runs – going to be tough!!! For August it’ll be the DMcD 15k on Bank Holiday weekend and two 10k along with three mid week runs each week.
Good luck with your training this week and the 5k’s! Getting there!!!
7th July 2014 – 49 days to go!!
I’ve been on two weeks hols but the running has continued. The focus these weeks to the end of July is training during the week to ensure that the long runs at the weekend are doable!! The past fortnight has seen 2 x 30mins runs and a 5ml and 10ml runs with long runs of 26K and 30k. Delighted with this as I felt I could keep going after the longer runs. The mind is now turning to diet over the next 6 weeks – looking at green veggies, liver and red meat and then pasta and chicken. Also looking at avoiding injury so even watching how I get in and out of the car. Sounds silly but the recovery from the longer runs takes longer now so have to watch how I go in between training. The plan now is two 35k runs and a 30k run before the Danny McDaid 15k race on 3rd August which is placed well in the wind down from training
Hope you are doing well with your training so enjoy the journey and the 5 & 10k races this week
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
15th May – 15 weeks to go
The past week didn't go as planned so only got out 3 times with no real long run. Ended up with a 5k, a 10k and the ‘Darkness into Light’ event. Tough one but great idea and well supported. However, I feel we are far enough out to have an odd week when things don’t go to plan but then again life’s like that and it’s how you deal with it will determine how you do. Thankfully I decided to let it go as they say in Frozen!
What I have also added to the shorter runs are press-ups and squats, usually 20 of each after a post run stretch. Its helps with breathing and strengthening the upper body for longer runs. So hopefully back on plan for the next week
Enjoy your running this week!
If you did the NW10K hopefully all went well for you. I was delighted with the 46.42 time and it’s good now and again to run a longish race instead of a longer no pressure run. I took the race as my long run this week having only got out twice during the week with a 5k and an 8k. It was good to rest.
Training going steady with yoga once a week helping with core work and stretching after the long run. The NW10 is usually the time to knuckle down to training. While it is planned out for the next few months, I need to begin to work on the mental side of things so as to prepare well for as we all know the summer months can interrupt training a lot.
However enjoy your training this week and chat next week again
17 weeks to marathon and training going ok. Tough to run in this heat at the moment but it's good preparation for the real deal in August when you'd expect it to be hot. Got to run twice last week early in the week with a 5k and 12k and the long run on Sunday was another 16k. This time the liquid situation was spot on - diluted orange juice and salt which kept me going through the run. I had hoped to run with a mate but a confusing text message between us meant I ran alone.
NW 10 this weekend so good luck if you're doing it
Chat next week
Monday 21st April 2014
18 weeks to go to Donegal Marathon
The Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge was the long run this week. Delighted with it – 10 miles in 77 mins! Very warm but beautiful scenery. Took 500ml of diluted orange with salt along and it worked well along with the water stops en route. The week before the long run was good too – got out 3 times with a 5k, 11k & 7k and have now added press-ups and squats twice a week after the run. Running at various times during the week also help to see if I can last in the heat or the rain!
Next long run will be around 12 mile so hopefully the training will go well during the week – its planned out anyhow so it should!
Good luck with training this week and great to see so many on the roads getting ready for the North West 10k on 4th May
This week’s long run was 10 miles. A big one as its double figures. I ran early alone near home so that i could see the start of the London Marathon on BBC. The morning was cold and it looked like rain but as ever, it warmed up during the run and I wondered why I wore the jacket. Even though I was looking forward to a long run, the first 5k was sluggish – I felt heavy and slow, however it did improve and as I turned for home after 7k I was feeling better. I must get the water situation for long runs sorted. I hadn’t much with me; just 500 ml of a mixture of OJ and water with some salt – God it was awful!
The week’s training went well as I got out 3 times for a 5k, a 12k and a 5k in that order. It’s amazing how a mid week run can feel better than one at the weekend. However, still on course with the marathon schedule. I now feel ok to tackle the Ballyliffin Coastal Run this Saturday 19th April.
Good luck with training this week