Half Marathon Training Log: Week 11

Half Marathon Training Log: Week 11

So, the final week in the run up to the Berlin Half Marathon is here! This Friday evening I'll be winging my way to Germany to take on my first international race and my first half I've actually trained for (as opposed to taking on a half during marathon training). I'll admit I had high hopes for a PB but unfortunately I don't think my IT band issues will allow it, and at the moment I'll be happy to get through and enjoy the race.

Posing in my new Runa London gear.

Posing in my new Runa London gear.

Here's my penultimate week in training:

Monday: Again I went to a lunchtime Afterburn session at the Third Space. See last week's entry for some more info on what that class is about, although this week the usual guy was off and the subbing instructor definitely went easy on us! I think I needed it to be honest - not every workout needs to be a killer!

Tuesday: My first ever lunchtime swim, and it felt so weird to be submerged in water in the middle of the day at work! I was worried the swim would feel like a bit of a sensory overload at Third Space (glass everywhere, you swim under one of the workout spaces (lots of ladies were TRXing above me as I swam!) as well as alongside a weights room, dojo and lots of stairways) but there's something about being in the water and the echoing sounds around you of splashing and breathing, that means you are totally in the swimming zone. I practiced my drills, although was too shy to take my training fins to the pool! Best of all was the short swim session meant I had time to shower and hair-wash etc., within the hour #winning

Wednesday: Swimming lesson with Swim4Tri. it was the first session that we started incorporating our arms into the lengths, as well as breathing on every other breath, and every third breath. Exhausting but also exhilarating, I'm loving learning something new. 

Thursday: I was intending a lunchtime session again but with one thing and another, I knew I would be too rushed and gave myself a rest day.

Friday: Working from home meant I didn't have a chance to workout but I did manage an evening stretching and glute strengthening session.

Co-ords for dayz,

Co-ords for dayz,

Saturday: A slow and sociable parkrun with my friend Sam. Unfortunately, my IT band must have not recovered from last week's 12 miles and I started getting twinges a mile in. Not looking great for a half next weekend and I thought I would need to stop after the first lap. However, we slowed to a walk, took some time out to stretch and still made it in under a respectful 28 minutes - if there was a competition in talking whilst running, we would definitely win it!

Sunday: With a wedding on the cards yesterday, I was never going to get any exercise in today. However, I'm ok with a three rest day week. Yesterday's run worried me and I've decided to concentrate next week on stretching and foam rolling, otherwise I won't half marathoning next weekend :( Dan and I managed a few miles of walking in the beautiful sunshine, which still counts as some form of movement in my book!

Photos all in the new Runa London kit, a new athleisure range which is big on inspiration from designer Xsenia's travels and life experiences. Super comfy and big on print, it's definitely a range worthy of a Sunday afternoon stroll. 

Half Marathon Training Log: Week 10

Half Marathon Training Log: Week 10