Having just completed another 20-mile run, I thought it was a great time to let the world know just how marathon training can feel. As I am sure you know or can assume, it is far from an easy ride, so here’s my ups and downs so far.
I am currently sat feeling the aches of my usual long run. This comes every week on either a Saturday or Sunday and both mentally and physically is my toughest day of the week.
So far during my plan I have tackled 2 x 20-mile runs, 1 x 18 miles, 1 x 16 miles and a fast paced 15 miler. I am not sure it gets any easier as the training goes on… in fact, it gets more difficult. This is partly because the distance is getting further until week 12 where I peak at 22 miles, but also because training constantly is being felt by my body. My ability to run further is building but as I create the ability to conquer more miles, I also face the battle of waking up yet again, knowing I have to get through another tough distance.
Lets not forget my other training!
It isn’t all about running…I am hitting the gym pretty hard 2-3 times per week on top of my running to work on my upper body and core strength as well as adding in some flexibility exercises. I was also doing this because I did some filming last week for a physical TV show that I cannot yet reveal (all in good time!), so it isn’t just my marathons that I have been training for.
Running 6 times per week, clocking up 50 miles or so and hitting the gym hard 2-3 times per week as well as working, blogging, cooking as much as I do, this is all keeping me a busy bee (I love it really), but I must admit, I am looking forward to tapering for the marathons. I love to run and I enjoy having a goal and keeping myself disciplined, but it will be good to have a small break from the constant training plan and do a bit more crazy random exercise days that I currently have to curb to cater for the marathon plan.
Only 7 weeks to go!
I only have 7 weeks to go until the Yorkshire Marathon and I am quite happy with my progress. I have really dedicated myself over the last 2-3 months and I am looking forward to hopefully getting my rewards!
A marathon isn’t 26.2 miles….it’s months of running, eating well, sacrifice and dedication…and I fucking love it! hahaha.
Happy running everyone!