It still feels a bit weird to talk about marathon training with the word ‘half’ preceding it.
It also feels a bit weird to talk about marathon training for this week when my average mileage was even lower than what I was doing back when I was training for the 35k trail. Still, every week from now until marathon day will be a training week and even if I waste it all on a giant caramel and cinnamon cake (which I may or may not have just done), you’ll get all the details until you’re so sick of it you contemplate disconnecting your internet at home so you don’t accidentally stumble upon this blog anymore.
But until you do that, I’ll be here to give you the exciting marathon training report, week by week, no matter how uneventful it actually is.
Like this first one. This week, I ran a grand total of 25k (divided in 2x 10k and 1x 5k sessions). Nope, nothing else. No gym visits, no other workout, unless slicing up the aforementioned giant caramel and cinnamon cake can be considered a workout. So there you go, weekly report done. Shameful, isn’t it?
Week 2 starts tomorrow and I decided it would be a good idea to set myself some goals for the week, to keep me on track:
- Run at least 42.2k in total. A marathon in a week shouldn’t be too hard to achieve. I’m flying down to Wellington on Thursday and I think that flat waterfront is going to help me with the mileage.
- Return to the gym. It’s been longer than I’m prepared to admit.
- Sit down with S. and draw up a proper training plan for both of us (okay, this is sort of cheating because we’ve already agreed to do this)
- Make at least one of the runs this week a morning one. Now I feel like I’m pushing my luck.
- Book an appointment with my GP to check on a recurring pain on my knee every time I run. If I’m going to do this, I better make sure I don’t completely destroy my poor bones in the process.
This should be enough to keep me out of trouble.