Week 4 – London Marathon Training Review

Week 4 and still injured, but on the road to recovery – I think! Another week off the plan, which is pretty certain to be thrown out of the window soon.  I’m facing facts now and although I think I will still make it to London, realistically I think I will be on a ‘get you round’ schedule. There’s still 12 weeks of running left so it’s not impossible, but I really don’t think there is the time to get in the number of long runs I need in order to meet the goal I had set myself. Perhaps once I get running properly again I might be able to re-evaluate it but I’m under no illusion the plan is to make it to the start line, anything else will be a bonus.

I’m running in no pain, which is great considering where I was a week or so ago, but I’m still jogging rather than running but it’s still better than walking. It’s so hard seeing the guys from DLRR talking about their long run every Sunday – I’ve missed three of the last four so far and the group I tend to run with put down around 15-16 miles each this week – I managed 5 this weekend.

I’ve got another physio appointment on Tuesday and I’ve stuck religiously to the stretches and icing plan he set me and also not exceeded my 5 mile limit or run any days back to back so I’m hoping that he will see an improvement in my achilles. I can still feel the lump but it’s not painful to touch any more and has felt generally better.

I think this best explains how I feel at the moment…


A bit frustrated and sad at the realisation this is probably not going to be the year of a great marathon…

Monday – planned to do the Matt Roberts core DVD, except I’ve lost it, so nothing done!

Tuesday – 3.1 miles slow in the snow

Wednesday – swim session with GreenlightPT

Thursday – slow 4.1 miles in the snow that is quickly becoming ice

Friday – rest

Saturday – 5 miles slow

Sunday – 30 mins on the turbo

Miles for the week – 12 miles (over double last week!)

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8 thoughts on “Week 4 – London Marathon Training Review

  1. Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery. Fingers crossed, stick with it. I’m sure you’ll more than make it round.


    • Thank you – I am hoping it will be more than a ‘just get round’ kind of day, but I’m preparing myself now, just in case….


  2. Very glad you are recovering. If anyone can do this, you can…You already know what to expect 🙂 I wish you all the luck and love I can and will be following your progress xx


    • Cheers Jules – I know I’ll get there in the end, it’s just frustrating as this is the second year in a row something has nearly derailed me before I’ve even started! Your support is so much appreciated 🙂 x


  3. Im going to be running the London Marathon also! Good Luck! Training is tough, but your on the road to recovery and passing the finish line no matter what the time is an achievement!


    • Good luck in your training for London. Is it your first one? Mine was last year and it is such a great event – very different perspective of London from what I expected and the support is amazing. And you’re right, finishing is an achievement in itself!


  4. Garry Biddle

    Thinking of you Nicole.
    Missing you from our runs but great to know your slowly recovering.
    Sending you my ‘Gazza’ cuddle and see you on my early laps really soon.
    12 wks is ample to get ready for London, so please keep the faith Nicole.
    So very proud of you :-]]


    • Thanks Garry, missing you guys too! I am hoping to be back soon – going to need the early laps to get some miles in! 🙂


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