2 new PB’s (in training)

Ok, so they don’t really count as they weren’t recorded in a race but I’m still chuffed to bits that I’ve hit 2 new PB’s this week. I’m not sure this is meant to happen at this stage in marathon training but I was hoping to hit a few milestones along the way.

A few days ago, I went out for a steady 7 miler and set off at what felt like a Steady pace. I looked at my watch as it beeped off the first mile at around 6 and a half minutes and thought “I’m going to play this one by feel.” As the miles ticked by I was still feeling comfortable at the same pace, I should have made a note of everything I’d eaten that day as something was fuelling this right! I decided I’d have a go at a quick 10k time and just relax off for the final mile and so there it is, my new 10k (training) PB of 41:33. Getting closer to the target time I’d like to hit of sub-40 before this training is over.

Well that was Tuesday, I hit the track on Wednesday for 8×800 off 4mins, tough session with a gale blowing on the back straight and then trotted out an easy (anything but) 5 miles on Thursday to try and loosen up the muscles – note to self, do not do easy runs into a headwind along the seafront, they’re not easy.

Today (Friday) the schedule called for 1M jog, 3miles Fast, 1M jog. I thought I’d take the opportunity to see if I could hit a new 5k PB. It wasn’t quite as quick as I’d hoped I might be able to manage but my legs weren’t as fresh as they could’ve been. So my new (training) 5k PB is 19:22.

Not bad in a weeks work eh?

I’m also pleased to say i’ve hit every training run in the plan so far, thats every day for the last 12 days, and my pace has been good. I’ve turned out 71 miles so far and I’m feeling good. 13 and 6 planned for the weekend ahead, all easy pace.

The milestones Ive got in mind as I make my way through the plan are:

5k – 18:45

10k – 38:00

Half marathon – 1:25:00

Marathon – 2:59:59

I’ve got a long way to go, but I’ve got faith in the plan.

Helping me along the way are a great Recovery Yoga session from the Runners World site, and some strength work prescribed by Hannah @ ShoreFit Personal Training.

Here’s to some more good running at the weekend. 🙂 (and fingers crossed that the weather treats me kindly!)

Loving Marathon training

A quick update….

3 days in.

3 runs complete, threw in a track session tonight to get myself used to the hard work. It wasn’t in the plan, but everything else is pretty easy this week so I thought it wouldn’t hurt. 7 x 800m in 3mins with 1min recovery. Tough towards the end but legs feel fine after a bit of stretching and foam rolling.

I’ve picked up some new trainers too as I’m pretty sure my Adidas Adios 2.0’s won’t be up to the mileage (especially as I’ve already put over 300 miles on them), I’ll still be using them for track for a while though. The new rides are Brooks Pure Cadence 3’s, extremely comfortable, light, ugly and a bit bulky around the ankle for my liking. On the plus side they encourage a mid/forefoot landing, and provide a bit more cushioning than my Adidas.

I’m pretty certain I’ll go back to the Adios for race day – easily my favourite shoes.

Anyway, another 5 easy miles tomorrow so I better get my bag packed.

VLM 2015

I’m a lucky sod – I got the Tuff Fitty Triathlon club spot for VLM 2015!

I found out just before Christmas so I’ve been keeping the mileage ticking over since then, lots of 5-6 mile runs and a couple of 10-13 mile long runs in there too. I set a new training PB over 10 miles which I’m happy about, a good base to start my training from. And I had an ECG at the doctors today which showed a resting heart rate of 45bpm. Happy with that too.

So today (5th Jan 2015) is the first day of my training plan. The next 16 weeks will be super focussed and dedicated to nailing every single training mile in the plan. Talking of which, the plan is something I’ve put together using different parts of Pfitzinger & Douglas, Jack Daniels Running Formula and Runners World.

Here’s the daft bit….

My previous marathon PB is somewhere up around 3:48. It was my first marathon. My 2nd ever race. and it was about 3 years ago. I’ve only ran one since then, the following year when I ran a few minutes slower.

This year. I’m training for a marathon time that begins with a 2. I’ll be blogging every week about my journey towards that goal and we’ll see if I can make it.

At the moment, I feel like it could be done, and that I just need to trust the training plan. I know its a huge step up, but I’m sure others have done it before. I know that my running has improved massively over the last few years, and that hard work often brings desired results. I’ll be happy never to run another one if I can just get a sub 3 hour one under my belt!

So here it is, Day One. 5 miles. Easy.


I also kicked off the year with the first race in the West Sussex Fun Run League – The Hangover 5. It goes along one of my familiar training routes up Cissbury Ring and back down. I was going well until the last mile when the previous nights indulgences caught up with me and hit me with a stitch. I must have dropped about 10 places but still came home in 33rd  in 37:43 which aint too shabby.