Marathon training plan – week 3
This is week 3 of my marathon training plan – 13 more weeks to go after this one.
I had a bit of a bad end to last week’s runs, so I am more determined to complete this week’s runs in fine form.
Monday 23rd July 2012
Today was supposed to be a rest day, but seeing as I missed a couple over the weekend, I headed out for a few miles. Wifey and I had spent the morning chilling out without the boys, both of us had taken the day off work, and whilst I enjoy spending time alone with her, I couldn’t resist heading out for a few miles today.
The weather is scorching at the moment, and I went out without a top on, covered in plenty of sun cream. It was nice to feel the heat and a slight breeze on me as I ran / plodded around the village.
Far too hot to run at a silly pace.
Here’s the results from the scorchingly hot run.
Tuesday 24th july 2012
A fresh start to the morning, and the marathon training plan said it was a 40 minute steady run today.
We’d had a busy weekend and I was shattered, and could quite easily have stayed in bed this morning, but I was up and out early, keen to get running, blow the cobwebs away a bit. After yesterday’s slow plod in the heat, I wanted to get a bit of pace up, and a bit of distance too.
A good 5 miles this morning, it a good 43 minutes.
Here’s the run.
wednesday 25th july 2012
Ok, so today is a 40 minute easy run, I ran the same route as yesterday, but a little faster this time. Managing to do the 5 miles in just under 41 minutes, a decent pace, and to be honest I could of probably pushed myself that little bit harder!
Here are the stats.
thursday 26th july 2012
Today’s run was supposed to be 6 mile tempo run according to the marathon training plan, but seeing as it was a Thursday and running club day, I would swap the tempo run for a long run (I missed the long run on Sunday).
Tonight’s running club route was Graces, either a 3 mile, 6 mile or 8 mile route. I opted for the 8 mile route. This takes in about 3-4 miles running along roads, and the rest is riverside running or through fields. It’s got a swine of a hill at about 4 miles, but it’s a great route and one I really enjoy.
Due to the slow running through the long grass at riverside and edges of the field, a much needed pee stop and stopping to allow others to cross the bridges, my time was not fast, just over 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Here’s the route and the stats.
friday 27th july 2012
Another fantastic rest day.
saturday 28th july 2012
I missed today’s run as it was Mum’s 60th, so we were all over there for celebrations.
sunday 29th july 2012
Today was due a long 9 miler, but after drinking 1 too many yesterday, I opted for a 30 minute easy run that I missed yesterday.
The day started off as another scorcher, we got home around midday and after doing a few chores and bits and pieces around the house I decided it was time for a run. It had began to rain on and off, so the air was now slightly cooler, better running conditions.
I headed out around 5pm, stopping only to go back and put my running jacket on, the massive blue / black / grey cloud lingering overhead looked like a thunderstorm! I quite like running in the run.
No such luck, the rain held off and the sun beamed upon me the whole route.
I set off at a steady pace, the plan was for an easy 5K with the intention to hit the first mile at around the 9 minute mark, and then pick up a little for the next 2. I tried to run slowly, but as much as I wanted to run at a 9 minute pace, I managed about 8:45 mins per mile.
The second and third miles were quicker, a few times I was running at sub 8 minutes, but averaged both at around 8:15 per mile. I felt good and strong at that pace, I’m getting quicker and more comfortable with how I am running.
Here are the stats.