Marathon training : week one wrap up

Week one of marathon training went pretty well!

The Friday run was a no-go – as I suspected ‘Friday beer-day’ got in the way and instead of running I went to the pub and watched Andy Murray book himself a slot in the Wimbledon final. Instead, I did the Friday run on Saturday morning, taking in some beautiful parts of the Hampstead Heath during the (unusual) sunshine.

circuits around the ponds, followed by some off-track hill running

circuits around the ponds, followed by some off-track hill running

Also, I managed to include 2x400m sprints around the athletics track to finish off the session, before meeting my girlfriend at the Hampstead Heath farmers market. Energy replacement via cheese tasting and a hog-roast roll is not exactly the recovery plan of champions, but then, I never said I was a champion…

Highlights of the week’s running:

Running through Hampstead Heath in the sunshine

Running through Hampstead Heath in the sunshine

400m sprints on Saturday. I love running fast and 400m is the perfect length to push out a good pace and max out the heart-rate

400m sprints on Saturday. I love running fast and 400m is the perfect length to push out a good pace and max out the heart-rate

Bumping into a few thousand people doing the Hampstead Heath ‘Run for Life’

Bumping into a few thousand people doing the Hampstead Heath ‘Run for Life’…

...and their inspirational poster

…and their inspirational poster

hero-runner-of-the-day

Coming across this guy – some heroes wear fur, not trainers…

Overall the week went well, and I hit all my targets – albeit I had to move one of my runs.

Marathon training - so far so good...

Marathon training – so far so good…

But, hey, I don’t think a marathon plan that has zero flexibility is the right thing to do if you have a life outside of running!

That said, I am looking forward to cross training tomorrow instead of running!

All the best for your running everyone!

Bernie

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Posted on July 7, 2013, in Marathon Training and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I have never once kept a marathon training plan without changing it up a little and switching days. Nothing is ever set in stone. My last marathon was on a trail and my longest run was only 15 miles, not 22 like I usually do. Life happens.

    • It certainly does!
      With the decision to count AFL games on saturday with a ‘back-to-back’ short run on Sunday as my ‘long run’, I’ve been able to move my midweek running to Tues/Wed/Thurs which will be a lot easier to keep up without too many amendments.
      How did you find your marathon with only a 15mile long run in the prep?

      • It was a trail marathon and my friend and I ran it just for fun. I had a great base, we started out very conservative, and I had tons of energy left the last three miles. It was one of my most enjoyable marathons ever!

      • Nice one. Goes to show that marathons can be enjoyable if you don’t push yourself too hard and have the right mindset – ie ‘fun’!
        You mention ‘one of the most enjoyable’. What was your most enjoyable marathon and why?
        Mine was Athens (though I’ve only done 2, so it hardly counts as a big sample!). Super history around the race and along the route, and running into the old 550BC panathenaic stadium as you finish is awe inspiring.

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