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Marathon Training Week 12 : Weekly Training Update

12 Aug

7 weeks to go…

My Plan:


What Actually Happened:

This last week was a super week of training! Wednesday was a wet day so I was forced to take my run indoors to the gym – not my preferred location or terrain for running. My shins were sore after this run  and I put that down to running on the treadmill. Overall the run was ok but I think I could have done better on the road. Friday afternoon I had a beautiful run along Lake Geneva. It was a hard 10km as I pushed myself  the whole way and I struggled with a very painful stitch at the 7km mark and ended up walking most of the last kilometer but I was really happy with my performance for the faster 7km part of the run where I averaged 5:30 min/km. Continue reading

Marathon Training Week 8 : Compression Clothing for Recovery

17 Jul

11 weeks to go…

This last week of training was actually a great week of training. Here’s how it went

My Plan


What Actually Happened

For once it all went according to plan (except for the long run but I’ll get to that). I took my sprints out on the road on Wednesday morning. I need to start running back on the road again and it was difficult to decide between the Wednesday sprints or the Friday tempo run; Wednesday being faster and shorter compared to Friday being longer and slower. Since I’m not back to full speed yet, I opted for the short of the two distances. The “sprints” went well although I did have a little pain in my shins afterwards which my physiotherapist got to work on later that day.   The tempo run on Friday was a little more difficult; running 50+ laps of the school soccer field might have had something to do with or the 5:30am start. Either way I felt low in energy and sluggish all the way through the run. I still managed a reasonable pace of 6:26 min/km but I was sure glad to have a quiet day at work and a quiet night at home that day.

Underperforming on Friday filled me with a little “performance anxiety” as I headed out at 6:30am on Sunday for my 18km run.  It was a beautiful morning down at the rugby field in Meyrin, the sun had just popped up above the buildings and it was sure to be a gloriously hot summer’s day. My Garmin had some technical difficulties for the first two laps but then it righted itself and I had found a good slow pace. I was forcing myself to maintain a 6:20 min/km – 6:30 min/km pace to ensure I could make the 18km without causing further injury to my shins. It was hard at the start to keep it slow but I finally got myself into a rhythm after 2 or 3 kilometers. That was when the panic set in. I need to use the bathroom. In my previous half-marathon training I suffered (serveral times) with a bad case of the runners trots (I’ll let you look that one up if you haven’t heard the term before). This was when I was running on a Sunday afternoon during the time when I would normally need to use the bathroom. At 7am on Sunday morning however, this was very unexpected. I pushed through until 9km and by that time it was a tale of desperation. Fortunately there are public toilets right next to the rugby field so I made use of them before continuing my run in complete freedom. I am yet to figure out exactly what the problem is and how I can solve this issue but it does haunt me every time I go on a long run. Moving right along, I finished the 18km in 1h53mins with an average pace of 6:19 min/km. I was definitely happy with that and I thoroughly enjoyed a little bit of gelato in the afternoon, yum!

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