Bonjour, Ciao, Welcome. This is the somewhat “selfish” area of the blog which I’d like to use simply to keep a record of my runs, and more importantly (!) how I’m feeling about running. Because I’m deep like that.
Perhaps it’ll be of interest to you, perhaps not. I know for certain though, that I am very much looking forward to having a place that I can return to, to relive some of my running memories – the good and the bad.
Just for a little bit of context…. As of Monday 26th March 2018, I am starting a new 30-week training plan to prepare myself for a (hopefully) faster marathon in Amsterdam this October. I have always intended on following marathon training plans in the past, but this is the most committed I have ever felt towards a solid structure of running.
Well. Here goes I guess. Hope you like it!
3 miles of “hills”, which I think is to indicate we should run up/jog down the same hill for 3 miles worth… but SOD that, how dull. #Streatham is undulating AF so I just ran up/jogged down my way around the local area without turning back on myself. I was so excited to be running a) in daylight b) in SUN and the general vibe was just so good. Legs felt a little heavy on the way up, but I think that’s to be expected. It also indicated that my hills were tough enough. Super stoked to have my running mojo back.
So, in my marathon training plan, Thursday eve Run Talk Runs are entered as a 7.5km “recovery run”. I did this on the basis that there will be a wide variety of runners attending and that I am unlikely to be going at race pace or faster. This week, however, on my very first bloody week of mara training I was proven wrong. The only runner to attend this week was Tom Haswell… my newfound running buddy and very loyal Run Talk Run attendee, who is aiming for a sub 3.30 marathon, and who is a much much stronger runner than I to say the very least! It was a lot faster than I expected and because we had tonnes to catch up on, it was a struggle to keep the breathing even. Don’t get me wrong I bloody loved our run and chat but it was a lot harder than I was anticipating.
Okaaaaaay well that was bloody hard work at Victoria Park Half today. I started the race in good spirits, was looooving the fact that the sun had shined on my journey to the park.
But, essentially, a mental note….. don’t do 13 miles in week 1 of marathon training! I was consistent with 8.45min/mile until mile 9 where I blew. Had to slow for a walk/jog approach for the remaining 4 miles, picking up some friends along the way talking all things running and injury, then jogging a little to find a new friend to talk to for a while! Despite the rain I adore the fun vibes that Run Through put on for their runners – that drummer by the pavilion bit of the park YAAAASSS so cheery, loved it! And this sign was exaaaactly what I needed to see when I finished!
If you’d like to read my full review of Victoria Park Half Marathon – the course, price, and where you can book this race yourself you can read about it here. This isn’t the first time I’ve run Victoria Park Half Marathon so I want to give it a fair review, because the run itself is fantastic… you just gotta make sure you train for it!
BOOM, so week 1 is completed. How do I feel? Proud I guess. If I can commit to the first week of a marathon training plan.. the rest should be a breeze. Right? Right???