#SophSub4 – Weeks 2 and 3

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
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4 miles, easy
Wednesday: Rest
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.

I ran home and my hair tie fell out, so I had to run with my hair down. It felt pretty good not to have it all scraped back, but it was disastrously knotty by the time I got home!

I ran home and my hair tie fell out. Felt free but knotty.

This week was slightly different:

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 5 miles that I was supposed to have done on Sunday
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 5 miles that I was supposed to have done on Tuesday
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

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.

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Grand Union Canal. So boring.

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!

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3 Comments

  1. June 19, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Nice miles 🙂 Regular running is the one. I’ve just started up again after 6 weeks off from injury and it’s harrrrddddd. Excited to get back into it thought, and interested to follow your journey to sub 4 🙂

  2. Leona
    June 22, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Do you think you could publish your training plan so we can see where’s it going? I love regular running so want a plan that looks more like yours!
    Thanks! x

    • prettyfit
      August 19, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      Hi Leona! It’s the Hanson’s plan – the book is called Hansons Marathon Method and it has everything you need to know set out in there!

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