Marathon Training Diary - Week 7/18: 51 miles + Racing a HM
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Marathon Training Diary – Week 7/18: 51 miles + Racing a HM

Rob Murray
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Rob is a self confessed running geek, obsessed with all things related to the sport, whether road, track or triathlon.
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Running up the last hill at Blackmore Vale HM (Image: Mark Smith)

Running up the last hill at Blackmore Vale HM (Image: Mark Smith)

Even with the very best of intentions of sticking to my marathon plan like glue, I’ve come unstuck in recent weeks. It began so well; two weeks off over Christmas gave me all the time in the world to adhere to my training schedule. Then came work travels, illness and club championship races. The latter is purely choice. Were I devout in my dedication to The Plan, I would not have taken part in the 10k and half marathon races on consecutive previous weeks. However, there’s hope! In looking at a sub 3 hour marathon training schedule on the Run Britain website, they actually specify doing a 10k race as part of your training.

Anyhoo, the point is that no matter how huge your commitment to The Plan is, in marathon training you just have to roll with the punches, be flexible and not beat yourself up when things go awry.

Week 7 Training Breakdown

Monday – DAY OFF. Legs killing from 10k race the previous day. Second club male in 38:47 but hilly route took it out of my legs
Tuesday 10m PROGRESSIVE – Warm up of 2.5 miles, 5 miles progressive to half marathon pace (approx 6:20/mi), 2.5 mile warm down
Wednesday 12m EASY – Raced from work to Swanage in order to get some miles in before club, managing 3 before. Total of 12 miles at an average 8:10/mi.
Thursday 4.5m RECOVERY – Meant to be 5 miles but had to cut short so wifey could go to her running club.
Friday 8m TEMPO – Up at the crack of dawn to run in circles around my village. Once it got light managed to venture out on to the lanes to make it up to a hilly 8 miles before work at an average pace of 7:20/mi.
Saturday DAY OFF – Was meant to do 5 miles recovery but with race the next day, I took the day off!
Sunday 16.5m RACE – Ran a 3 mile warm up and then ran the very hilly and windy Blackmore Vale Half Marathon in 1:25:04 at an average of 6:30/mi. Got a PB for this race 2 mins quicker than last year, training must be paying off! Intended on doing 3 miles after but if you saw the hill that this race finishes on, you’d understand why I lasted 0.5 of a mile.

Total: 51 miles

 

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