M-Day is fast approaching it feels like, and the London Marathon yesterday in all it’s glory reminded me even more of the task ahead. It’s been a good and bad week in different ways, or different sections rather, with the week taking a dip in the middle but peaking again for the long run. Here’s what happened.
Tuesday: 7 miles (1M jog + 5M fartlek + 1M jog)
Actual: 6.8 miles in 1:11:28
Wednesday: 8 miles steady (80 min)
Actual: 2.85 miles in 27:51
Friday: 5 miles slow (57 min)
Actual: 5 miles in 51:37 + 1000 m swim
Saturday: 18 miles slow (max 3h 15min)
Actual: 18 miles in 3:15:07
Sunday: 1000 m swim & London Marathon Cheering!!!!
Actual: Moral support for Liverpool v. Man City football game
Things were shuffled around a bit this week to accommodate for Dave-o’s birthday drinks on Saturday evening and the London Marathon/Football on Sunday. The week started well enough with the (almost) 7 miles I had planned, stopped just shy of 7, as the last 0.2 miles were up the steepest hill ever, and I really couldn’t be bothered with it.
I’d had some achilles pain carried over from previous runs, and a weird pain on the ‘knuckle’ (?) of my big toe had started developing… The 8 miles on Wednesday were cut short due to this. And I don’t know if it’s a mental thing, but running home from work, down Old Kent Road really takes it out of me, I just never feel like I want to finish. Anyway, as my achilles got better, my big toe got worse. Thursday was a rest day (went out to play table football with work instead) and I managed to do the planned 5 miles on Friday + the weekly swim. My toe was aching, but it wasn’t sharp or unmanageable… so I continued.
I was apprehensive about the long weekend run, and the first couple of miles started off with a pain in my foot. I had to stop for a wee about 1 mile in but by the time I hit around 4 miles, the toe pain had gone back to just being subdued, and I could run past it. Me and Orsi decided to take our re-fueling breaks walking and keeping the clock running, rather than stopping and stopping the clock like we’d done previously. This was to give us a more realistic time as the clocks will keep running during the race. I think our method of re-fueling every 4 miles works well, it breaks the race down into nice and achievable chunks. Unfortunately Orsi had to drop out at 8 miles as her knees are not doing very well, and I can tell you the mentality of running alone versus running with someone is so different. I managed to finish the last 10 miles, but they felt looong. And by the last 3 the subdued toe pain was back to throbbing! By the time I got home and took my shoes off, my knuckle was a nice shade of blue/purple and properly swollen. It feels better now, and I’m hoping two rest days and some easy shorter runs will get me back to business.
Here’s what’s planned for week 12:
Tuesday: 7 miles (1M jog + 4 x 1M fast with 200m jog recoveries + 1M jog)
Wednesday: 7 miles slow (80 mins)
Thursday: 5 miles (1M jog + 3M brisk + 1M jog)
Friday: 1000 m swim
Saturday: 16 miles slow (max 3h)
I quite like doing the long run on Saturday as it gets it out of the way for the weekend. According to the plan I’m following I’m supposed to up it to 20 miles this week, but everywhere else I’ve read, it says not to do 20 miles two weeks in a row, so I’m stepping it down to 16 here, to do 20 next week instead! Hope it works :)