Last weekend was my birthday weekend and also my little brother’s 21st birthday, so I’m playing catch up this week and doings weeks 2 and 3 of my training plan. Last week went like this:
Sunday: 4 miles, easy
Tuesday: 4 miles, easy
Thursday: 4 miles, easy
Friday: 4 miles, easy
Saturday: 4 miles, easy
I ran 4 miles a lot, as you can see. Although the mileage isn’t pretty high, I run more regularly following this plan than I did before I started marathon training, and I have already started noticing the difference in my fitness levels and stamina. I feel a lot more relaxed on my runs now and, after the first few miles, have stared really settling in to them rather than getting weaker.
This week was slightly different:
Monday: 5 miles that I was supposed to have done on Sunday
Wednesday: 5 miles that I was supposed to have done on Tuesday
I was meant to run 3 miles on Thursday, 3 miles on Friday and 5 miles on Saturday. However, I am going to be completely honest; I skipped them deliberately because I’d had a bikini wax! I have really sensitive skin and have to avoid exercise for a good few days after I’ve had a wax to avoid inflammation. So I took the hit on the training miles. However, the runs I did do continued to feel really good and I am feeling a lot more confident.
Other than those I missed deliberately, I have been really strict on finding time to do all of the runs prescribed by the plan, even if it means a brain numbing treadmill run at 10:30pm after work or a 5am alarm. It’s definitely playing off, which is really encouraging and motivating.
So far so good! This coming week is another week with rest days before I hit the big training weeks; running 6 days a week and working in resistance and body weight training too. I feel a bit daunted by it all but I’m looking forward to the challenge.
If you’re also training for an autumn race – let me know how you’re getting along!