Half Marathon Training Log: Week 7

Half Marathon Training Log: Week 7

It's been a strange few weeks for my half marathon training. Last weekend my 'long run' mileage was due to go up to nine miles, and yet to run anything continuous of more than six miles in the last few months, I intended a fluid long run. However, on Sunday after running three and a half miles to meet Bex, we ran three miles together before my old friend, the IT band pain, reared its ugly head. I managed three separate slow miles after a brunch break, and went home feeling rather beaten.

I'm also still suffering with unusual pains along my left leg (the same ones I had in the run up to the London Winter Run) which seem to flare up throughout the week, even when I'm not running. Only I could go to a running coach for one injury and come out with a new problem...frustrating!

In other news, I recently read Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar book, and although I didn't find the book particularly enlightening or really helpful in terms of support of the IQS programme, I've decided to give it a go for a few weeks. After cutting out booze for a month earlier this year, I noticed I was still experiencing headaches on a weekend morning even when I hadn't been on the sauce the night before. Once a prolific migraine sufferer, the frequency of my episodes has improved greatly since stopping drinking wine a few years ago, although I know other alcohol is still a trigger. The dry month made me realise that actually my morning headaches were sometimes likely to be a result of sugar binges on a Friday night and indeed it could be largely the sugar in alcohol that has always plagued me. I'm also seven weeks into the Kayla Itsines exercise programme and I'm not seeing the results I wanted to, which can only be attributable to my diet. I'm going to see how I go for the next four - eight weeks and I'll update on the blog how I'm doing!

Riverside parkrun!

Riverside parkrun!

Here's my week in training:

Monday: Kalya's week 7 prgogramme, arms and abs. Feeling great on IQS two days in.

Tuesday: After working late and missing Adidas Women run club, I dropped into the Third Space after work and on a whim went to a notoriously intense weights class. OMG, it was incredibly hard. I loaded up and my forearms and grip were shaking about five minutes into the class! Definitely one to repeat to see results, although I might start a little lighter with 10kg on each side instead...

Wednesday: Another evening Third Space gym sesh - Afterburner. If you don't attend the Third Space, I highly recommend you befriend someone who does and use one of their guest passes, as the classes there are TOUGH! Afterburner is a circuit class (live DJ in attendance this particular night!) which leaves you going for ten minutes or so without a break. A sweaty one!

Thursday: Barely being able to walk (or type!) today after the last few days, and generally feeling knackered and under the weather, I pulled in a rest day today.

I'd felt great so far on IQS until today when suddenly I felt like I'd been hit by a truck. Tired, achy, headachey and drained I was struggling to eat anything that left me satisfied. The hardest thing about IQS is cutting out fruit at the beginning, not even because I particularly love fruit but because it's such a go-to snack. My usual porridge without banana, and my afternoon satsuma banished, I was feeling a bit stuck for inspiration today and generally sorry for myself. I was so tired the evening before that I smashed a plate trying to make dinner and couldn't even bring myself to clean it up properly, bit lame.

Friday: Back to feeling my usual self, I couldn't fit a workout in because of a morning physio session, team lunch and evening train journey.

My physio reassured my that my leg wasn't about to fall off (who said I was a hypochondriac?!), and my new pains are probably down to a transition period from my old running style to the new one and a minor muscle strain as a result. My IT band issue was flaring up again because I wasn't properly putting my new style into practice. Lots and lots of lazy glute exercises for me then going forward...must get better at making time for these and stretching.

Saturday: Parkrun! My third parkrun and first one running alone and therefore not chatting. I put my foot on the gas and came in at 23:34 - honestly didn't know I had it in me. Years training at a relatively average pace for marathons have left me with no idea of my running speed. I ran a horrible three and a half miles back along an incredibly windy bypass, and practiced my new stride in an attempt to not revert back to poor form when tired.

Breaking that sub-25 min 5km!

Breaking that sub-25 min 5km!

Sunday: I've just done my glute exercises (20 mins of 'em!) and am about to do a spot of Kayla to make up for missing it on Thursday.

And there we have it! I am going to have another week off from the Running School to see how my running goes this week as I've woken up with the left leg pain again, and I'm going to work on the old glutes. Week two of IQS coming up and I'm going to watch out for the slip ups I've made this week (replacing sugary products with bread basically!). Has anyone else tried IQS? What did you snack on during the day?

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