Halfway to Marathon!

Wow. So I’m over halfway through training for Budapest Marathon. How did that happen? One of my goals for this buildup was to be much more reflective on both training which  involved keeping a training journal. The point of this was to spot problems before they arose and figure out behavioural patterns that work for me. So without further ado, here’s the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good

  • Recovery has been going well- sleep being the priority! Also, moving my long runs to Saturday morning has helped me recover properly and maintain some sort of social life.
  • Incorporating proper interval training into my plan has given me a confidence boost (and hopefully better form and speed!)
  • Journaling in itself has been really great- you know those epiphanies you have on a long or tough training run? Well I’ve got them all written down! It’s awesome to see the mental and physical changes happening over time.
  • I haven’t made any horrific work fuckups! During my last season, I got serious brain fog and became a bit of a screwup. Now, I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s been fine so far, and I think that the Run Less, Run Faster training approach has helped with this. Wish me luck and watch this space…
  • My workout schedule has really worked for me, and has helped me get into a routine. Only having three key runs (plus XT) definitely makes it easier logistically. If anyone cares, my schedule has been:
    • Tuesday evening: long tempo run
    • Thursday evening: intervals
    • Saturday morning: long run
    • Sadly this is about to be disrupted by several Thursday night work events, but I’m determined to stay positive!
  • Motivation: although I had a slump recently, in general my motivation has been higher- I think the Olympics helped!

 

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The Bad

  • I’ve been neglecting strength training. After committing to strength training at the start, I’ve since found excuses. My bad. But I’m getting back on the bandwagon!
  • My calves are pretty much screwed, as always. I run with a forefoot strike, and my heels don’t really touch the ground as I run. My calves are a constant source of pain, worry and potential for injury. Foam rolling, stretching, and massage are my friends in this respect.
  • The mental struggle has been real, including just plain stopping in the middle of training runs, like can we just not?! But I’m making a real effort with this, and this weekend’s long run was a marked improvement.

 

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The Ugly

  • I had a slight hangry/exhausted meltdown when I was staying with my parents. This was the result of a 14 mile fell run, followed by a whole day on my feet shopping with my mother. Queue the weepies, and following that, a much-needed lie in.
  • At the start of my training I got sick twice- or maybe it was one virus that just refused to quit- and I had to turn down free tickets to the Anniversary Games (aka Mo Farah and Usain Bolt’s last outing before Rio) because I was so so sick. That definitely gave me a wakeup call to sleep more, take vitamins and focus more on taking care of myself.
  • I’ve been pushing myself and training with far stronger runners than me, which has inevitably led to a fair bit of self-doubt; not good for the self-esteem. But I remain convinced that it’s better to be the straggler in a strong group than just a straggler in general. Right…!?

 

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All in all, it’s going better than expected. Intense training always makes you feel slightly like you’re falling apart at the seams, but I’m still overwhelmingly positive about my goals.

How’s your training going? When was your last hangry meltdown?

 

Lots of love,

 

Pippa

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4 thoughts on “Halfway to Marathon!

  1. How’s the weather been there? I’ve found sine it’s cooled down a bit here I haven’t felt the need to stop like I had been doing when it’s warm and/or humid out. Since I heart rate train I am able to see the impact the heat/humidity has on my runs, but even staying in the correct zone I was finding I needed breaks. I wouldn’t worry too much about stopping during long runs though. I train with a group and we stop every few miles at water stops and this didn’t seem to impact me on race day at all. I’m glad to see this training cycle is going well for you and am looking forward to following the second half.

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