A marathon plan…

Yes hello. It’s me again. Sorry for the lack of posts again. I still haven’t really got back into the swing of training, mostly because I’ve had a couple of bad colds in the last few weeks, and also because I’m lazy and it’s cold outside. Exercise has been a bit sporadic, but that’s about to change, because we are about to have something to train for again!

….Ok, so not me specifically, but Gideon. Gideon’s Marathon training plan starts TOMORROW. Woop woop! We have adapted a Jeff Galloway plan. It looks like so:

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The plan finishes on the 15th April, the marathon is the next Sunday (23rd)… I haven’t written a plan for that week, it’s taper, so maybe one short run. 

Obviously, I’m not signed up for a marathon, but I am signed up for a 10k in March, so I need to get back to regular running. We have tailored this plan to fit around our prior commitments (races and holidays) and this means that we won’t have to do any crazy long run’s in Florida which is good, because Florida’s hot, and I don’t like running in the heat. So why I’ve decided to run another race in it I’ll never know. The lure of the medal is just too strong people! At least it’s just 10k (can’t believe I just wrote ‘just a 10k’ down, what have I become?!).

I plan to run the 45 minute runs with Gideon each week and then run a portion of the long run (once they go above about 8 or 9 miles – I’ll run the full run if it’s shorter than this). This should keep me well-trained for the 10k and also help keep Gideon motivated as he will have a running buddy for at least some of the long runs!

I’ve had my flu jab now so that should mean that I don’t get sick anymore right….RIGHT?!??!?! I doubt that, but one can dream! I’m always full of coughs and colds all winter but hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with this light (and somewhat flexible for me) training plan and be in good shape for the 10k in March.

98 days until the St. Davids Day 5k and 10k

111 days until DISNEY WORLD

118 days until Winter park 10k

148 days until Gideon runs the London Marathon.

Bring on 2017. Bring. it. on.

 

 

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Weekly training recap: Mon 31st Oct – Sun 6th Nov

Well guys, I wrote earlier in the week that we were getting back out there now due to the fact that I’ve just signed up for my next race (a 10k in Florida in March) and because Gideon needs to start his London Marathon training. Truthfully, I’ve only managed one gym session this week before being stuck down with a typical winter lurgy since Thursday. It’s been worse since yesterday and I’ve lovingly passed it on to Gid, which is really annoying as we had plans for running and gyming this weekend, but instead all we’ve been able to do is sit under the duvet with lemsips and wait for our ears to pop.

Gideon has been off work this week so he managed to get in a couple of runs earlier before the lurgy struck so I’ll recap us both below. We have also devised a marathon training plan for Gideon. It starts officially at the start of December, so the plan until then is to get him back up to regularly running up to 5 miles, which should be fine.

For the marathon plan, we have basically adapted a Jeff Galloway RunDisney plan, as we have used his plans before and know they work well for us. Gid will be doing run/walk intervals (ratio still to be decided), and Jeff’s plans are designed for that so that’s good. Jeff’s plan does go right up to 26 miles in training, but we’ve decided Gid’s longest training run will be 23 miles so we’ll stop it a little early. Using Jeffs plan also (conveniently) means that Gid won’t actually have to run more than 8 miles at once during our holiday in March, as his long-long run’s will be just before we go and just after we get back! I’ll put the full plan up when he starts, as until Dec it’s just a case of getting him back up to covering 5 miles. Gideon will give you his own weekly update once his training plan starts, so that you can follow along with his marathon journey and he can tell you a bit more about why he’s doing it!

My plan is to go along with Gideon’s training until his long runs get above 8-10 miles, and then I’ll just join him for part of the long run’s. As I’ve got nothing more than a 10k in the works any time soon it seems silly to me to go any higher than that, but I would like to be comfortable doing slightly more than 10k, just because the last 10k I did was really tough and I don’t want this next one to feel the same. If I can comfortably cover more than that in the UK, then hopefully covering 10k in Florida should feel ok, even though it’ll be hot/humid.

Monday:

Rest day

Tuesday:

Gym session. We did 15 minutes on the bike, 15 minutes on the treadmill and then another 10 minutes on the bike.

Wednesday:

Gideon ran 1.02 miles with an average pace of 9:41 per mile.

Thursday: 

Rest day

Friday: 

Gideon ran 2.36 miles with an average pace of 12.34 per mile, using run/walk intervals of 2 minutes and 30 seconds running and 30 seconds walking.

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Saturday:

Lurgy

Sunday:

Super lurgy

Hoping the head/sinus/ear/cold will go away by tomorrow so that we can get a good week of workouts in next week. Fingers crossed!

November

So October came and went without any exercise. Yeah. I know. Naughty. But then I went and did this…..

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Running + Holiday = fun! 

So now I don’t have a choice again. And so November has started with a trip to the gym, straight after work, to get back into the swing of things. It was nothing too strenuous, just some biking and some treadmill, but it was hard work due to the fact that I haven’t done it in over a month. I expected it to be.

Anyway, it’s done now, I’ve jumped back onto the wagon, so lets hope I don’t fall off again!

A more structured and detailed training plan is in the works as you read. Not just for me, but for Gideon as well in his marathon training. So I hope to be able to share that with you in the next couple of days and really get back into the swing of things.

Sorry for neglecting you little blog, I’m back now I swear!