Half Marathon Training Log: Week 10
For some reason this year, training doesn’t seem to be going my way. It’s not even that I’m in a particular mental funk about it – I’m more than happy to get up early and get out there to get some miles ticked off at the weekend. I’m probably the fittest I’ve ever been and am enjoying getting faster and making time for exercise (see my recent blog post for more on prioritising time for your workouts here). I’m even enjoying my runs lasting no more than 1 hour 45, rather than 3.5 hours of never-ending-running-whilst-trying-not-to-cry, desperate to get those 22 miles in before brunch. In short, I’m more than capable of this half marathon yet I’m still struggling with the training.
This year, I don’t feel like I’ve had any fluid long run. I’m constantly distracted, running for a few miles before stopping for the toilet or to whatsapp friends. I’ve fiddled with runs to fit them around other plans and had long breaks in the middle of them. Partly this is because I got some kind of muscle strain on the inside of my left thigh which meant running became painful so I was happy to have a break, and partly because my IT band pain has been back the last few runs, making the last mile or so of each one unbearable. After the week I’ve had, I’ve decided to listen to my body and lay off the running for a week or so, and fill my time with stretching and glute strengthening exercise (weak glutes appear to be the root of all running evils in my experience, or most of them in any case).
Here’s my week in training:
Monday: I was scheduled to do a Kayla session but I ended up going to Third Space’s Afterburner class. I’ve mentioned this class before on the blog/Instagram ‘cause it’s seriously hard! A set of 12 circuits done for a minute each, then repeated for 45 seconds. There’s a warm up before (that's unlike any warm up I've ever done - so hard!) and in between the two sets of repetitions there’s a few minutes of jumping squats and planks, joy! Basically there’s hardly any break and it’s KILLER. I felt exhausted but great afterwards.
Tuesday: Still feeling knackered today as a result of Monday and probably the late afternoon 11 miles on Sunday, I cancelled today’s class for a rest day.
Wednesday: I’m taking swimming lessons with Swim4Tri. I won’t go into detail here as I’ll save it for another blog post but I’m really enjoying the lessons, more than I was expecting to. I think increased fitness and strong legs are probably helping me a bit in the pool and it’s great to be doing something that doesn’t revolve around running. My lessons are late in the evening, which I’m happy with because there’s nothing worse than paying for a course and then missing half the sessions being stuck at work. It does, however, mean it’s a late one (we don’t finish in the pool til 9.30pm) and means getting home late, cold, tired and hangry.
Thursday: I couldn’t get up for my workout (frequent problem for me recently, which is weird because normally I find it easier to get up when it’s lighter) and forgot I had lunch plans so I had another rest day. I think I needed it.
Friday: Great HIITs treadmill session at the Third Space. Think Barry’s but without the weights work. I find these sessions so much easier over lunch than in the morning, as I have a bit more fuel in the tank. It’s such a sweaty class though, TTS could do with cranking up the aircon!
Saturday: I was supposed to spin today and I was dreading my 12 mile Sunday long run. As I didn’t have any other plans for the day on Saturday but knew my run would be rushed on Sunday, I decided to do a mini tri of sorts and run 6 miles to spinning, take the 60 minute class then run back. For transparency, I don’t mind saying that I wouldn’t do this again! I really enjoyed my run in, although I mucked around for the first few miles stopping every now and then – for some reason I couldn’t get my legs working. I bumped into some friends en route and we made plans for a coffee after my spin session. The class itself was SO hard. I don’t think I put everything into it I normally would have, because I kept thinking about that run home (and went through a constant shall I, shan’t I internal battle for most of it). I felt so sweaty after that I showered but then had to put the same kit back on (ew!). After a much needed coffee and cake break, I lugged my legs the 6.2 miles home. Although this was hard (my legs felt sooooo heavy), my watch had ran out so I forgot about pace and tried to zone out and actually enjoy it (remember those runs?!). Again, the IT band kicked in at the end and I basically hobbled the last mile. Not great with a half marathon on the horizon.
I went to bedaround 10pm almost crying in pain, feeling unwell I was so drained.
Sunday: Thank fully Sunday was a new day and I had another rest day since I’d doubled up yesterday and had been feeling crap. Perfect day out and about in East London followed by the cinema and a LOT of sweets. I haven’t mentioned yet but I fell off the I Quit Sugar programme quite dramatically on a work trip. Basically I wasn’t prepped enough to keep the thing going more than 2.5 weeks (if you are hungry at work, you really do need to just eat a cereal bar or piece of fruit, if that’s all that’s there) and I found myself eating more bready type products that I wouldn’t normally eat as a result of not having the sugary stuff. I like the concept of the thing though and have decided once the half is out of the way to focus a bit more on diet and what I can do to cut down on some of the cr*p.
Onwards and upwards, hey?!
Photos by Lydia Collins.