If you follow me on social media you'll know that my last week of running has been a bit pants.
I'm not where I want to be fitness or speed wise and the more I went out for runs staring at my Garmin the more I panicked about whether or not I could do the marathon.
A few weeks ago, 2:50 pm on 25 January to be specific, I was offered a place to run in the London Marathon by KIND, the official snack sponsor, you'll find them in your post-run goody bag on the day! I do run regularly and I know if most people's lives depended on it they could get round a marathon course tomorrow but it wouldn't be very fast and they wouldn't be in a good state afterwards. I don't have a lot of time to prepare and if I'm honest it has been worrying me.
Social media hasn't helped. I keep seeing that people are already up to 16+ miles. Someone else I know has just run 22 miles!!! So this weekend I've taken a step back, worked out what I want to do and what I want to achieve and I've adjusted my plan. Running to me is more than the marathon. I don't want to set myself a crazy plan which will end up with me being tired and miserable and most likely injured too.
If I think about the first and only other time I trained for a marathon the training runs were hard. In my excitement of finally getting a place in London I had forgotten about this. I now have 9 weeks to train, exactly the same as the first marathon I ran because I broke my leg skiing and couldn't train. I must be in better shape now than I was then. The important thing now is to believe in the process. I'm not ready yet but I'm not meant to be, that's why we train, there are no short cuts to the start line.
My plan for the next 9 weeks:
Monday - rest day
Tuesday - hills
Wednesday - gym/cross training
Thursday - speed season - Yasso 800s and fartlek
Friday - rest day
Saturday - long run
Sunday - gym/cross training
In summary it's 5 training sessions each week, three of which are running training. The runs are set up to help my running improve with the hill session and the tempo sessions. I have a love/hate relationship with these sessions and getting through them requires grit determination at times which is exactly what I need for the marathon. In addition I have the long run which will give me time on my feet. This may be more training than you, or less training. For me this will work because I know my body needs to rest as well as train. I get up at 5:30am in the week and I work long hours so this schedule factors all of that in and plans for less training than some schedules but with lots of variation. I'm determined to make the next 9 weeks the most incredible journey and not let the marathon take over my life or the lives of those around me. The marathon is an experience to be enjoyed, all of it, the training and the race.
Do you have any tips on how to fit training in around work? How many running sessions do you do each week when you're training for a marathon? Let me know below.