London Marathon Training
Week 11, Day 1
As I mentioned last week, I’ll be going out with the 30-minute group with the club on Monday’s for the next few weeks as my long Sunday runs increase in distance, purely as a recovery exercise.
And Monday’s are fun. Yes, I use them to go easy but when the occasion presents itself I do open up a bit – and so it proved tonight.
Numbers were swelled this week as a lot of the C25K graduates joined for the first time, it was good to see new faces as well some familiar ones too. For a lot of the run I stayed tucked up in the pack, just taking it very gently and working the tiredness out of my legs from yesterday.
But, as I said, there were moments when I did get the opportunity to stretch my legs.
We went along the Cullybackey Road, a gradual but steady incline, and then onto Upper Princes Street which steepened considerably. It was good to face a bit of a challenge and, as with yesterday, I’m pleased to report I managed it fairly comfortably.
Getting to the summit of the climb I then had the chance to indulge in a bit of speed work, breaking away from the group to run to the next set of traffic lights before turning to bunch up again.
And there was another chance to do the same towards the end of the run, only in reverse. A bit of sprint, followed by an incline. So, whilst it was a 30-minute run, I did come away at the end feeling that I had a decent workout.
Tomorrow night is the first of my three races this week, the Academy 5k at a local school designed as a run for the recent C25K graduates but to which club members are also welcome to attend, four laps of the school grounds and a chance to practice hills again so it should be a good night.
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London Marathon Training (177.8 miles – 37 runs)
Week 1 – 12.2 miles (4 runs; average 3.1 miles per run)
Week 2 – 9.3 miles (2 runs; average 4.7 miles per run)
Week 3 – 17.7 miles (4 runs; average 4.4 miles per run)
Week 4 – 18.8 miles (4 runs; average 4.7 miles per run)
Week 5 – 14.9 miles (4 runs; average 3.7 miles per run)
Week 6 – 18.7 miles (4 runs; average 4.7 miles per run)
Week 7 – 20.3 miles (4 runs; average 5.1 miles per run)
Week 8 – 23.7 miles (4 runs; average 5.9 miles per run)
Week 9 – 18 miles (3 runs; average 6 miles per run)
Week 10 – 21.9 miles (3 runs; average 7.3 miles per run)
Week 11 – 2.3 miles (1 run; average 2.3 miles per run)