April Training

The Numbers:

Mileage for the month – 175 miles
Biggest week – 67.3 miles
Longest run16 Miles 


The Positives

April was great, I really enjoyed the consistency I achieved this month. And it paid off.
I hit my target for mileage (just about), and my longest run was a 1:58 16miler. I managed to swim 3 out of 4 weeks too, running to and from the pool each time.

The Even More Positives

I surpassed my A target in the mid-month 5k race, setting a new PB of 18:11 which I know I can beat in better conditions. Especially if I can keep the training up. I’m fairly confident of going sub-18 in my next outing.

The Must Do Betters

Now we’ve got lighter evenings, I need to make the most of the opportunity to run some off-road hills. The 3 Forts Half route, and some trails around Cissbury & Chanctonbury Ring are going to become very good friends of mine very soon.
I also need to start getting my kit sorted, I’ve got my eye on a wetsuit, and also some trail shoes. And then its just the accessories. I hope to have all this sorted by the end of May.

The only kit I’ve got so far is the socks! I’ve been trialling almost the full range of Gococo‘s sports socks over the last few months and I’ve put aside a pair of the Compression Superior socks for race day already. Completely blister-proof, warm without being too warm (37.5 technology), and a perfect level of compression that leaves my calves feeling great no matter what the session.

Thanks Gococo for all your support during my training so far!

Any Other Business

I’m now an ITEC Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist. That means I can assess and give treatments with knowledge, skill and confidence. If you’re in Worthing (or local areas) and you’re in need of a massage either to keep you going, or to get you on the road to recovery then give me a shout.

May Goals:
Mileage: 175 miles
Long Run: 16 miles off road
Swim: Once a week (at least)
Yoga: Every Damn Day
Kit: Get my kit list sorted


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!)