Next week sees MK Marathon training start*.
*A little white lie there. I’ve been training for the past 5 weeks following the Hansons Marathon Method plan, but up to now its been some lovely ‘take it easy’ miles and getting the body set-up for the tougher sessions and 6 days a week of running. Can’t say I’m looking forward to the 12x400m repeats planned for Tuesday night.
Below is a quick re-cap of the past 5 weeks, before the training and blogging steps up a gear for the remaining 13 weeks or so…
End of 2017 – Buntingford Year End 10
As is tradition, I lined up for Buntingford 10 at the end of December. Maintaining tradition I was undertrained, over-fed and resolving to be in a better place this time next year! Another fantastic running of this event, something I’ve run almost yearly since 2009. Great to catch up with club mates, fantastic way to end of the year and despite using the same course it was somehow hillier again this year.
National Running Show
Next up was a day off training to head to the National Running Show in Birmingham. An excellent event bringing together loads of running suppliers and inspirational talkers. We took the kids along and as such weren’t able to catch the speakers – hoping to be more organised next year.
Great to bump into fellow MK Marathon Ambassador Baze187. His blog/vlog has been shortlisted for the The Running Awards – if you want to check it out see here: https://www.youtube.com/user/baze187 And I’m sure he’d appreciated a vote over here if you like what you see: https://therunningawards.com/ under the Online Publications and Personal Blogs section.
I came away with a lot of goodies – I mainly went to get myself a Unilite head torch for Capital to Country Ultra next year – more about it later on!
Swimming – Arun River
One disappointment from last year was a lack of swimming. I’ve put this down to not entering an event to give me the ‘fear factor’ to ensure I went to the swimming pool and do some open water swimming! To solve this I’ve entered the Arun ‘Iron Man’ Swim in June. This decision was helped by Glastonbury not being on this year. I’ve even been swimming 3 times.
Inaugural Letchworth ParkRun
Letchworth ParkRun has started. Yay! I went along to support at the inaugural event. Turns out its a tad muddy so I’m waiting to invest in some trail trainers.
Running with a Headtorch – Unilite
The Unilite headtorch purchased at the National Running Show is amazing. The biggest problem with it is that it makes choosing a route to run much harder a night because of all the new options!
The end of the fifth week of training ended on a lovely trail run, as a rare opportunity to run during daylight surfaced today. Legs feel good and most of the run was actually spent trying to slow them down.
Week 6 in Planning
Monday – 4 Miles (Easy)
Tuesday – Lunch Swim and 12x400m repeats in the evening.
Wednesday – Rest Day
Thursday – 5 Miles at Marathon Pace
Friday – 4 Miles Easy
Saturday – 8 Miles Easy
Sunday – 8 Miles Easy