This week I got back on track with my training – except none of it was on a track because I did everything on a bike to give my whingy ankle a rest, but you know what I mean.
Here’s how week 16 looked:
- Monday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (legs), 10 minutes home
- Tuesday: sprint 60 seconds, recover 3 mins, sprint 50, recover 3, sprint 40, recover 2, sprint 30, recover 1 on a spin bike
- Wednesday: 1 hour on a spin bike, which was quite dull
- Thursday: did a yoga session that absolutely killed me
- Friday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (back), 10 minutes home,
- Saturday: rest (my birthday – nice timing!)
- Sunday: 19 miles!!!!!!
Sunday was amazing. I did 2 x 9.5 mile laps and managed to do 19 miles in three and a half hours. This is the longest I’ve ever run and I feel like I’m actually getting up into “I can do this marathon” territory now. The second lap was hard and I had some walk breaks, but even so I’m on track for a sub-5 hour marathon which is my target.
One thing I’ve found is that heat really kills me when I’m running. It’s no coincidence that on the second lap the sun had come out. I’m finding it very hard to carry enough water for these long runs, thank you to the cafe on Skeldergate who refilled my bottle for me.
It sounds weird, but for my remaining long runs I’m going to run laps that go past my house so I can dip in, grab water and get back out again. It’s better than stressing about water or trying to work out a new system when there will be water stops on the marathon route. Running in and out of home should be good for mental strength too.
It should cool down soon as well which will mean I drink (and whinge 🙂 ) less.