Apologies if you were expecting this post yesterday, I am following my own advice and getting lots of sleep lately. Week 5 of training was a good week. Touch wood my ITB has not been playing up again. I am working on a post on its management so I can share with you some tips that can helpfully be helpful to you if you suffer from the same problem.
Monday: Really awesome speed session. I hit my target pace and was mentally focused despite running on the treadmill. I can think of 4 things that made it better than the previous ones.
- The pace was the same as previously but the running intervals were longer. They still felt easier and I might just be getting stronger/training is paying off.
- This week the plan recommended resting interval as opposed to light jogs between repeats. That really really helped.
- My treadmill incline was 0. I usually always run on an incline of 1. That’s probably a massive factor as to why it felt easier.
- It’s the day I had all these snacks and perhaps it’s just what I need before a speed session.
Tuesday: I did an ab and upper body workout from Kayla’s Itsines Bikini Body Guide
Wednesday: I went running with fellow Hill Killer Girl Hannah in the morning. I did not hit my tempo pace but I still ran 1min/K faster and 2K more than what I usually run early mornings. Plus I wanted to have the time to chat and have a proper catch up as it is the last time we will run together for another couple of months. I encourage you to read Laura’s latest post on letting go of target paces when marathon training.
Thursday and Friday: I was supposed to do some cross training on one of these day but it did not happen as I finished work late both days and couldn’t face working out in the evenings. This is why I like to workout in the morning and be part of the 6am club. If you do it first thing in the morning, you cannot bail! I watched this video again for a boost of motivation.
Saturday: Long run, 22.5K. I cannot believe that I casually ran more than the half marathon distance as part of my training. I decided to run about half of my run on the trails and it was amazing. So peaceful, quiet and much softer on the knees than concrete. My splits were a bit uneven but my overall pace was bang on the one recommended by the training plan so, I was quite pleased with that. My stupid watch stopped at some point and it took me some time to realise it so I ended up running 1K extra.
Although the run itself did not feel too difficult, it completely wiped me out and I spent the rest of the afternoon in bed and only got up to meet Claire to eat cake. That’s the other side of marathon training for you: it makes you t-i-r-e-d (and hungry, but you already knew that).
Sunday: Lots of sleep and cross training in the form of moving flat. Believe me, that was a workout.
Upon reflection, I am glad that I managed to do my 3 runs this week and I felt strong for the 3 of them. I wished my organisation had been better so I could have done some more cross-training but what can I say, life happens and I prioritised the running this week.
The next 3 weeks are going to be manic. Lots of travelling and a wedding. I do not know what this will mean for my training but I will sure keep you updated!
Do you like trail running?