Monthly Archives: February 2013

Week 8 – London Marathon Training Review

I came into this week feeling a bit apprehensive – although given the go ahead to start training with a bit more vigour, I still needed to shake the chest infection/cold thing that I’d had for the past week. I thought I’d test the water on Monday with an easy run just to see how I felt – achilles was spot on, not a whiff of pain, but the very cold weather wasn’t so good for my chest and by the third mile I was starting to feel it a bit so I rounded up to four miles (think I’m starting to get Garmin OCD!) and called it a night. I still didn’t feel brilliant for the rest of the week, opting to miss swim training again on Wednesday but had set myself a target of running home from work on Friday. It was about 10 miles and although not the safest of routes (mostly redways through MK – and MK Council clearly don’t pay their electric bills…) I took it really nice and steady. I was shattered by the end of it – more to do with coming out of illness that poor fitness but I was really pleased as there was no pain from my ankle at all.

Saturday was the DLRR MultiSports cycle training event so I got the bike out for the first time this year and rode to the MK Bowl, spend an hour and a half doing circuits and drills then cycled home – except I didn’t make it home! Anyone in the MK area will know that Saturday was horrible – minus temperatures and snow – not the sort of snow that lays but the really cold arctic icy stuff the stings your face and had the wind to match. Two thirds of the way home I lost all feeling in my hands and feet and couldn’t change  gears or brake – bit of a problem when the last two miles covered the A5 – a major A road…Fortunately my parents live on the route home and I headed there to warm up before my dad very kindly bunged my bike in his car and drove me home!

I was excited about the club run on Sunday – it was about 12 miles and after my 10 miles on Friday I felt ready to start to join back in the club runs – I knew I’d have to take it easy and just go with the flow. It was great to see everyone and those that have been geeing me up the last few weeks. Trouble was within the first two miles I was in trouble – I had the same pain in my achilles that I had all those weeks before. I stopped and did some stretching and that helped but after 4 miles I knew I had to call it a day. I was gutted but knew it was the right thing to do – only trouble was I was now four miles from the car so took a long walk back via the canal to the MK Dons stadium. So even though the club run was aborted I still got just under 8 miles out of it – every cloud and all that!

Since then I’ve iced and stretched and I have no pain or swelling which is a good sign – I’m hoping it was just my body’s way of telling me two long runs in 3 days was too much. I’ll give it a gentle test on Tuesday to see what’s what and take it from there. And as one of my club mates told me on Sunday, there’s not only eight weeks to go, there’s still eight weeks to go….

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Monday – 4 miles very easy

Tuesday – rest

Wednesday – rest

Thursday – rest

Friday – 10.5 miles

Saturday – 25 miles bike (including circuits at the MK Bowl

Sunday – 7.75 miles

Miles for the week – 22.25 miles

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Week 7 – London Marathon Training Review

Well it was a good week because I was given the go ahead to start piling in some miles, but then bad because I started feeling poorly on Sunday and went downhill from there ending up at the doctors with a chest infection and a course of antibiotics. Panic has most definitely set in – half way point in the training and my longest run so far is 8 miles – not good…

Monday – nothing (ill)

Tuesday – physio/nothing (ill)

Wednesday – nothing (ill)

Thursday – nothing (ill)

Friday – nothing (ill)

Saturday – nothing (ill)

Sunday – nothing (ill)

Miles for the week – 0 miles – oops!

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Some good, some bad…

The good news this week was the physio has effectively signed me off. I can go forth and run lots more miles (within reason) as long as I stick to the extra stretching and no long runs on consecutive days.

The bad news is I felt rough on Sunday and gradually felt worse as the week progressed and now have a chest infection, so as quickly as I was given the green light to start training properly again, I’ve had the rug pulled from under my feet. I’m now dosed up on antibiotics and have no desire to get out of bed let alone go out for a run.

This whole marathon training season is getting an increasing feeling of deja vu about it – remember the plantar fasciitis and constant cold? Well we’re here again at about the same time as last year but with the slightly more serious achilles tendonitis.

I had worked out a plan to get me up to 20 miles by the time of the Oakley 20 at the end of March but will now need to rejig that as am running out of weekends! Anyone up for a few mid week 16 milers?

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Week 6 – London Marathon Training Review

Started to get some miles in this week. I made my first appearance at a club run for over a month for the early lap. These can be notoriously quick, which is normally great and is one of the reasons I was firing on all cylinders before Christmas, but for me it was more about getting some miles in. So while the others all raced off I settled into a nice easy pace, slow enough to ensure I’d be back for the next session. The route is well lit, but not the type of route you want to run on your own, so luckily for me with marathon season about there were a few others running a similar pace to me so I hung off the back of them – perhaps running a little quicker than I planned but was a good test. After three miles my achilles was a little tight but ok so I eased off a bit. For the second session I opted to run with the DLRR Step Up group which is a small group who run about three miles at a gentle pace – this was just right as gave me a chance to natter with a friend!

Swim training on Wednesday with GreenlightPT was great. I can really feel myself improving in the pool now and whereas a few weeks ago I wasn’t getting much rest at the end of each rep (to be honest I was hanging on for dear life!), I’m now getting some which off the same times is great news.

Thursday was one of my most promising runs so far this year. Again, I used the early lap with DLRR to get some miles in but ended up running 8:50 pace with no real pain so I was really pleased with that. As I was only supposed to be doing 7 miles that night, I ran the next 4 mile session at a very easy pace – I figured four fast, four slow was the same as a steady seven…? 😉

Saturday was 8 miles and a really good run averaging at just over 9 minute pace. I stopped a few times to stretch my achilles – I’m still quite conscious of it, but I don’t think it’s actually hurting, I think I’m just sensitive to any twitch or niggle. There was no pain after which is always a good sign but I iced anyway – just to be on the safe side!

I never made it onto the turbo on Sunday – you’ll see why in my next post…

Monday – 7 miles (4 miles steady/3 easy)

Tuesday – Matt Roberts Core DVD

Wednesday – swim session with GreenlightPT

Thursday – 8 miles (4 steady/4 easy)

Friday – rest

Saturday – 8 miles easy/steady

Sunday – nothing…

Miles for the week – 23 miles

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Week 5 – London Marathon Training Review

After my downbeat review last week I am pleased to say this week has been much more positive. Following an easy 4 miles on Monday, I had a visit to the physio on Tuesday. He was really pleased as the stiffness in the achilles and calf from the previous weeks had virtually disappeared and the lump on the achilles had just about gone too! I came away with instructions to carry on the stretching and icing, although the heel drops have now been increased and the go ahead to add a mile every other run. This means I should be up to about 8 miles by the time I go back to see him in two weeks.

I ran two six milers at the back end of the week. The first on Thursday was rather slow, but as it was further than I’d run for nearly a month I was very cautious. The second on Saturday was a little quicker (averaged about 9:45) which isn’t that quick in the scheme of things, but as with the distance the quickest I’ve run in a month. Things are now starting to slot back into place…

Assuming the gradual increase in mileage goes ok, I can then add 2 miles per run on following my next physio visit. It’s not the most practical way to increase mileage but is helping with my overall mileage, so although I’m not running vast distances at any one time, I am still putting some miles in which can only be good. I was quite heartened by looking at my mileage from last year and although my long runs are a bit shorter, my overall weekly mileage is very similar so all is not lost and we are well on the road to recovery!

Smiley

Monday – slow 4 miles

Tuesday – physio then Matt Roberts Core DVD

Wednesday – swim session with GreenlightPT

Thursday – 6 miles easy

Friday – rest

Saturday – 6 miles easy

Sunday – 35 mins turbo

Miles for the week – 16 miles

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