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Week one of pretraining

So this silly heel has set my training plans back by almost a month. I was going to wrap up a 10k clinic and start dropping in on a 1/2 clinic to coax up my weekly mileage. Instead it was three weeks of no running and having to slowly add distance and speed. I have to keep my strides short to keep the heel from protesting.
Even now, lounging and typing my heel is complaining about today’s gym session and long walk with the dog. Shush heel, I’m working on something here!
In the first week of the marathon clinic the schedule is for 38k.
Right now I’m at 15
My plan is to add two shorter runs to my week as well as two gym sessions. This will gradually build my mileage to around 26k. That makes 38 look doable.
So this week was Sunday long slow 6.3, wed 4.5 and thurs 4.1. Monday, Tuesday and Friday also had hour long dog walks, but that is just normal Ruby time. Saturday morning I’m planning an extra 4.2k. That will make a weekly total of 19. Not bad
I started seeing a personal trainer Monday, he gave me a set of brutal (to me) things to do to increase my leg power and core strength. It should help but I an still cuss his name right?
I managed one full and one partial gym workout
Next week I’m adding another 4k run on Monday. Will have to see how the heel is. Will it cooperate?



On sunday I took the plunge and registered for my first full marathon. its a bit daunting, more than my first 1/2 was. Maybe because I didn’t sign up for the 1/2 until I was 2/3 through the training clinic when right now I am a month away from the clinic starting and nursing an injury to boot.

I’m behind where I wanted to be by now. About a month behind, stupid achilles tendon.

The Marathon clinic starts with 38K in a week, with two tempo runs (6 & 10) and a 6K steady. I’ll be wrapping up the current 10K clinic I’m teaching so I’ll be doing a lot of homework.  And I have to start now.

Right now I’m only doing around 12-14K a week- that only gives me 4 weeks to double that, and not get injured from adding km too fast.

This could be tricky.

My clinic runs Sunday (long slow), Wed (hills eventually) and Thurday (steady). This week it was 6K and Wed and Thurs are 4 k each (wed is a bit long at 4.5 and both routes have a hill in them). So I’m going to add a 4 K or so on saturday as well as a couple gym sessions.  As per my earlier post I’ve started with a personal trainer and while there is a lot of upper body stuff we also did some squat jumps and other things to increase my leg strength. I’m also thinking of hitting the pool a bit

I need to add a few more Km per week to get me to the 35-38 level and I also need to get in a tempo and start edging it up.

Dec is going to be a very rough month


Where were we

Ok so after three weeks of no running I’m back.

Started with an easy 5K charity run, did ok. As long as I run slow and keep my strides short I can run ok. 

Since that run worked I volunteered to teach a 10K clinic via my local Running Room and we started two weeks ago. Since this is a Running Room clinic it is very conservative on the millage build up. That is ok since some of the runners are rusty or new to the longer distances. Already some are struggling.

But since I start Marathon training in Jan I need more km’s so I can keep up. My 10K clinic will overlap for three weeks with the Marathon group so I’ll be running Wed, Thur and Sun with my group and Tuesdays with the other group – still won’t be enough.

To help overall I’ve joined a gym and met with a trainer. We worked out yesterday for the first time and today I can barely move my arms 😉   My legs however are yet to notice the extra strength training we did.

So right now I’m working on bumping up the millage and also some strength training. 

Looks like Dec will be harder than Jan…