Thursday, January 2, 2020

Manchester Marathon Training - Week 3

Manchester Marathon Training - Week 3



This time last year, I was only just getting started on my Brighton Marathon training! This time around I'm already getting completely stuck in, although this is mostly due to the simple fact that Manchester is slightly earlier than Brighton anyway.

Week 3 was the week covering Christmas, so I expect I'm not the only one who lost all sense of routine and being able to tell which day it was! This wasn't helped by the fact that I was also working a set of four night shifts from the 23rd-26th.

Monday
I went to yoga in the early evening for a bit of strength and stretching, but also to relax for a bit before my night shifts began.

Tuesday
Christmas Eve. The first night shift hadn't been too bad and compared to a lot of people's night shifts it was great as I was able to get a few hours sleep, but it was still tiring. I didn't run and instead made sure I relaxed ready to work again.

Wednesday
Christmas Day. Sadly no parkrun for me as my shift finished at 9am. I did manage to catch a glimpse of Northala Parkrun on my way home from work and I was pretty jealous! I didn't have time to run myself as I wanted to get a bit of sleep before going round to see my family for Christmas dinner.

Thursday
First run of the week. Christmas and night shifts were probably a blessing in disguise when it came to the enforced rest - the IT band issues I'd had on my long run last week hadn't developed into anything else. I went for an easy 5K as soon as I got in from work before heading to bed to catch up on a bit more sleep.

Friday
Night shifts finally complete! Although they were fairly decent night shifts, I was still tired so had yet another rest day.

Saturday
Finally some sort of routine returns with a Saturday morning parkrun. Because I'd had a relatively easy week running-wise, I used this as an opportunity to run a bit harder. I managed to get just under 22 minutes although definitely slowing doing rather than speeding up with each mile.

Sunday
In keeping with the general theme of the week, my long run was more of a medium run by marathon training standards, at just over 7 miles. I'm glad I was able to cut it back though because just towards the end, my right IT band started to flare up again. Home for some stretching and foam rolling and a lot of hoping that this isn't going to be a recurring problem!


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Manchester Marathon Training - Week 2

Manchester Marathon Training - Week 2



I'm already getting behind with writing these training diary updates - luckily I am keeping up with the actual running, just about!

Monday
Back to the usual routine and Monday was a rest day for me. I say 'rest day' - in reality I actually worked a long day so didn't get home until 9:30pm anyway.

Tuesday
I was back at the track for a Harrow AC training session. We were all keen to get this session done quickly as it was the group Christmas curry afterwards. On the plan were 5x1400m with the aim to do them at just faster than 5K pace. I managed to get every rep under the target and even felt fairly relaxed and comfortable doing so.

Wednesday
Hot yoga - a lovely class somewhere inbetween a nurturing flow and something more challenging. Mindful of the fact it was a busy week with late nights due to work and Christmas events, I didn't push myself too hard in this class but just enough to feel the effects of a good stretch.

Thursday
An easy 30 minutes run, and I was very grateful for it being an easy run! I'm enjoying adding more speedwork into my routine, but this week I just needed an easier evening. Just a very gentle 5k around the roads.

Friday
Another rest day, although busy outside of running with work and then an evening watching the Olympia Horse Show.

Saturday
Parkrun day of course. At the moment I tend to run the same parkrun course every week so it's nice to mix up the goal and not get too bored. I was supposed to try and do a progressive parkrun, increasing the pace at each mile and ending with a strong sprint finish. I got the first mile near-perfect which I was pleased with - I thought I'd go out way too fast - but was a few seconds slow on the second one where I'd over-adjusted for speeding up too much. The target pace for the final mile was ambitious - the times I run during training sessions on the track would suggest it's possible, but I really struggled with it, especially with the final uphill sections. Needs a bit more practice, and possibly a flatter parkrun to really nail the faster paces, but a good run all the same.

Sunday
The long run plan this week was 12 miles at easy pace. I was in Eastbourne so decided to go down to the seafront with an out-and-back route. The general fatigue of a busy week had me feeling tired from the start, but I had Dylan with me on the bike again for a bit of motivation. However at about six miles I started to feel the first signs of a bit of an IT band niggle. Being six miles from home I kept going and it didn't really seem to be too much of a problem until shortly after nine miles. We stopped for a while at a crossing and I think the cold weather caused my muscles to seize a bit because trying to get running again was so painful I could barely put my foot down. I was able to walk it off a bit and attempted to run again, but made the decision to call it quits at 10 miles and walk the rest of the way home. Super annoying in the cold, but really not worth it to keep running and aggravate a potential injury.

A busy week with the usual ups and downs of running training, but another week completed and another set of sessions banked towards the marathon goal.
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