26
Jun
12

seconds out – marathon training week 2

Into the second week of marathon training and I have been feeling quite good after week 1. The training follows the same structure each week with the distances varying. This week I was to tackle 4 x 1200m intervals on Monday, an 8km run on Wednesday and a 19km run on Saturday.
Mondays session was fine although intervals are surely the work of the Devil. Oddly, I find the shorter intervals more taxing than the longer ones. The 4 x 1200m sprints were supposed to take 6mins and 6 seconds each and I completed them in 5.49, 5.49, 5.58 and 6.10 respectively. Tough, but not uncomfortably so.
Wednesday’s 8km was planned to be 45.12 and was completed in 44.04… again I have come in slightly quicker but am not too worried. It is tricky to gauge your speed over the distance of a run – even with a Garmin and split times marker-penned onto my hand, it is tough to attempt as even a slight variation in effort can yield quite drastic variations in pace over a long-ish distance.
Sunday is normally “long-run day” but owing to a packed weekend, I shunted my long run to early on Saturday morning completing 19k in 1.53.36… not a speed that is going to set the running community alight but still almost 6 minutes faster than was planned.
This weeks schedule is being “modified” owing to myself and Hauling My Carcass riding the Dunwich Dynamo on Saturday night. For the uninitiated it is a 200km overnight cycle ride from Hackney to Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast. Last year, with quite a lot of training and almost perfect overnight cycling weather, we arrived in Suffolk just before 7am. This year I have done so little training that it is practically non-existent so think it may hurt. And if that’s not a good reason to forego a 21km “long run” on Sunday of week 3, then I don’t know what is.

Soundtrack to this post: The Putney – Butch Cassidy Sound System


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