Yesterday saw the end of week one in the London Marathon training schedule. After a shaky start to the year, with what appeared to be shin splints threatening my plan, I finally found myself back into a rhythm. I found myself finally coming to terms with my ballot place and gently working through the week – looking no further than the day ahead rather than the bigger picture.
So what did I manage to get into the schedule this week?
Monday: 4 Miles outdoor, undulating terrain. Steady, yet wary of the shin issues.
Tuesday: 4.6 Miles. Running club speed work on the track, with warm up/ down runs to and from home.
Thursday: 6 Miles. Indoor. Treadmill.
Saturday: 5.4 Miles. Indoor. Treadmill.
Sunday: 7 Mile walk. Hilly terrain, Epping Forest
Total Running Mileage: 20
Considering I was concerned about my physical ability the week prior, I am pleased with such a solid number to build on in coming weeks.
If I compare this to my training for the same week in 2017, when my last marathon training schedule kicked in, there is a increase of 6.5 miles. So already I am getting off to a better start. Perhaps having experience this time round is working in my favour.
So the shin pain has eased, my mileage has doubled on the previous week and I have finally got back into routine. However, as with all plans there is room for improvement. For instance, yes I completed a good week of training, but where in that schedule was a rest day? There was not one. I unintentionally carried on training as I did not feel like I needed one. A mistake I cannot make again. Rest days are equally as important as training itself.
As I enter into week two I have a few goals in mind:
- TAKE A REST DAY.
- Get back into food preparation.
- Have a sports massage to work out any niggles.
- Increase mileage (aim for an extra 5 miles).
- Plan an outdoor route for Saturdays long run.
- Add in some weight training (return to Body Pump).
With many goals there is no time to waste. It’s time to get into week two!