London Marathon Training – Week 11

Mileage for Week Eleven
Mon – 0 miles
Tue – 0 miles
Wed – 4.4 miles Instagram
Thu – 0 miles
Fri – 4.5 miles
Sat – 0 miles
Sun – 13.5 miles Instagram
Total – 22.4 miles

A resting week!

After my injury worry the week before and the Half Marathon PB at Silverstone, I decided to give my legs a rest.

I ran with Sarah on Wednesday and Friday so that I kept rested and wasn’t tempted to push the legs further than they need to be.

The Friday run was in atrocious weather though, it was cold and windy and raining and just awful!

Sarah was determined to run so run we did, even if I was complaining. Our intention was to run a 10k but we were just too cold and wet so stopped at 4.5 miles.

On Sunday I ran with Alex and Andrew for 7 miles before continuing on my own. It was a really nice relaxed run as we discussed running and other runs we have planned. I’m trying to convince Andrew that he can run a marathon, he knows he can I think!

We took in the canal tow-path which is still a bit wet in places, I tend to avoid it at this time of year. Before continuing on towards Groesffordd, Maggies Lane and the running track.

Once at the track I jogged a lap with Andrew before trying a ‘fast’ 400m. I’ve had a cold this week and ran out of air at around 300m but even fully fit, I’m definitely not a sprinter!

My 400m time was somewhere around 1:29 with the 200m at 0:42 – those very not scientific times are from the Strava segments. I may go up again after the marathon to do some stopwatch times just to see what I can do.

Once we had parted ways I went back down Maggies Lane to run up a few hills towards Llandew. That was certainly a test, the ‘fast’ lap really tested my legs so it was a little while before I got my legs back!

Getting back onto the B road was a relief and I headed back towards Brecon, my legs were getting tight through tiredness and my knees were aching! The wind which hadn’t been a feature on the first 7 miles was now an almost constant presence. Some of the back lanes were like wind tunnels and I was heading into the wind.

I was very glad to get back home and stretch off a bit (something I don’t do enough).

As I type it’s Monday in Week 12, in five weeks it’ll be the day after the Big Day!

I still have my cold and my sinuses are giving me pain, therefore I’ve decided not to run until at least Saturday. I have the Merthyr Half with Kevin and our running group on Sunday so I’m going to give my body enough time to recover.

Ahead of that, my long runs are looking like this:

26/03/2017 Sun Merthry Half 13.1
02/04/2017 Sun Llanfaes loops x 2 & Llanfrynach 5 mile route 13.1
09/04/2017 Sun Llanfrynach 5 mile route 10
16/04/2017 Sun Lock and back 6
23/04/2017 Sun Marathon 26.2

On the 2nd April Sarah is running with Laurie in Cardiff, I might go out for a longer run than the one I’ve scheduled. On the training plan I should be aiming for 20 or 22 miles but I’ve already done that. I may push for 16 or 17, I’ll see how my body is feeling in the days before it.

Here’s to 5 days rest and recuperation!!