Week 8 Training

16 weeks to go! I can’t believe how time is flying, let’s hope I can fly on the day too.  This was another good week, the miles went up but I ran well and felt good.

Here’s how week 8 looked:

  • Monday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (legs), 10 minutes home
  • Tuesday: 60 second sprint, 3 minutes jog x 6
  • Wednesday: 60 minutes running
  • Thursday: 75 minutes running
  • Friday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (back), 10 minutes home
  • Saturday: rest, beer, curry 🙂
  • Sunday: 95 minutes running

Wednesday I ran with a friend in Rothwell, which included a pretty large hill.  York is great for training, but it’s very flat and hill training is important for strength and stamina.  I didn’t stop, but I did slow a little as we climbed.

Thursday was meant to be 75 minutes of fartlek but I misread my training plan, it was a solid 10 minute mile performance though so I was happy with that.

And Sunday…that’s the longest I’ve run without stopping to walk!  I was so happy, it was a great run and 11 miles next Sunday won’t feel like such a huge increase because it’s only 1.5 miles further.   The husband came with me and paced me, which helped me to keep going.

I was worried on Sunday because I’d stayed at a friends the night before and had curry and beer.  I’m going to write a post later this week on self-sabotage, it’s something I’m very prone to do.


Things I have seen while running

  • A dead rat
  • A clump of hair extensions
  • A pair of pants in a tree
  • The crew from Knavesmire Harriers going in the opposite direction

It’s not all glamour out there pounding the pavements!  What strange things have you seen while out running?


Week 4 Training

So a month has gone already!  The marathon is going to be here before I know it.

This was a good training week, pretty consistent and the weather is improving so my thermals might finally be ready to go to the bottom of the pile.  Here’s what I did this week.

Week 4:

  • Monday: 30 minutes run with 3x 60 second bursts of maximum effort
  • Tuesday: jog 20 – 1o minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (lower body), 10 minutes home
  • Wednesday: jog 45
  • Thursday: replaced the scheduled jog 10 run 35 with a spin class
  • Friday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (upper body), 10 minutes home
  • Saturday: rest yippee!
  • Sunday: run 60

I was very ready for my rest day this week.  Wednesday I took a trip to my lovely friend Vicki’s in Rothwell and ran with her.  She runs slightly faster than me and lives in an area with hills so I’ll definitely be doing that more often (and she made me a lovely dinner afterwards).

On Sunday the husband ran with me – again he’s slightly faster, and it helps knowing he won’t stop even if I’m tempted to.

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White Rose Runners

If you saw Look North news last night, there was a little feature on some women from York doing their first marathon this October.  Veteran  Look North presenter Harry Gration will be running as well – I see him training around York sometimes.

You can follow the White Rose ladies at their website here: http://www.whiteroserunners.co.uk/

I might pinch some of their run routes in the future to help me mix things up in my training and make sure I don’t just keep running the same routes.

I was really happy to see there will be other first timers at the marathon.  It’s going to be fast and flat, so there were rumours the run would be full of seasoned marathoners looking for a new personal best.  Hopefully there will be some people running at my speed as well.

Good luck to the White Rose runners!

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Week 3 Training

Highs and lows again this week!  I’m enjoying the fartlek and finding it pain free, but on the long runs my achilles is hurting so much I have to stop.

Week 3:

  • Monday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to gym, 1 hour weights (lower body), 10 minutes home
  • Tuesday: fartlek 45 minutes at the race course, no problems at all
  • Wednesday: jog 10, run 35 minutes.  This was a terrible outing, I had to stop 5 times to stretch my lower calf and came home utterly demoralised
  • Thursday: swapped a combination of running and sprints for a 48 minutes spin class at Energise, York
  • Friday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to gym, 1 hour weights (chest), 10 minutes home
  • Saturday: rest, and a few beers
  • Sunday: fartlek 70 minutes at York race course, no problems at all

On Saturday I took a trip to York Sweatshop to see if they could shed any light on my leg pain.  The staff there were great – they are very knowledgeable about running and really know their gear.

I explained that the only thing different was my new trainers, a pair of Asics I’d picked up cheap somewhere.  The guy from Sweatshop spotted that I was wearing a high support shoe, more suitable for a pronator (someone whose foot rolls when they run) than a neutral runner like me.

He popped me on the treadmill in some neutral shoes to check my gait, and confirmed I’m a neutral runner.  I then spent half an hour running round the car park in 6 pairs of shoes before settling on a pair of Brooks.  I’ll do a full review on these soon.

Trainers from places like Sweatshop and Up and Running aren’t cheap, but the advice you get and the help from the staff is great value.  It’s not totally confirmed yet as I need to do some pain free runs, but it appears I’ve been suffering for trying to pick up some cheap trainers and getting completely the wrong ones.  The shoes were pushing my foot into the wrong position trying to correct a problem that isn’t there.

Sweatshop also offer a 30 day guarantee.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell if trainers are right for you until you’ve done a few miles in them, and knowing you can take them back if they rub or don’t feel right is great peace of mind when you’re spending so much money.

I know some runners can go quite happily in a pair of £10 trainers from a regular shop, but I’ve generally had a better experience when I get the advice from the staff in the shop.  When you think about the miles you’ll be logging in them, the money doesn’t seem like a bad investment.