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Chicago Marathon Training Week 1

Jun 30, 2015 | Uncategorized | 5 comments

I always start a new marathon training plan with a mixture of nerves and excitement, and this time round is no exception. In fact, I am feeling more than a little apprehension at the enormity of what I am trying to achieve. But fear is good, and I’m hoping it’s going to scare me into action!

We Run London 10K race

SundayWe Run London

10K @8.34 pace

Monday- Rest

Tuesday– 1 mile warm up with last mile at mgp (marathon goal pace) 8.10

4 X 400m @ 6.25, 6.21, 6.27, 6.20 pace

This was my first return to speedwork for 8 months and wow- my lungs were burning! I have a lot of cardiovascular fitness to work on.

Paola’s Body Barre workout – so so hard, so good.

WednesdayProject Awesome

Rooftop Yoga – I was invited along by Cardinal Place  in Victoria to take part in a free tennis themed outdoor yoga class, I already had plans to catch up with Sophie so this seemed like the perfect event. The class was suitable for all levels, and was fairly slow which was actually lovely. We used our tennis balls to really work into our feet muscles, perfect for runners. The yoga class was to promote their rooftop Wimbledon screenings over the next fortnight, complete with pop-up bars, strawberries & cream, and my favourite alcoholic iced tea. If you’re in London you should definitely go along one day/evening- I’m sad to be missing out while I’m away!




Thursday– Tennis with Roger Federer (more on this in a post to come!)

Friday– Project Awesome Hill repeats in Primrose Hill (with some ab moves thrown in for good measure!)

SaturdayParkRun 5K in about 26 mins (wasn’t wearing a watch and forgot to bring my barcode- whoops).

Park Run Fulham Palace

Sunday – Another whoops. Was feeling a little too ropey after the Taylor Swift concert so 8 miles was off the cards.

Monday– Snuck my 8 miles in before work in the sunshine. It was so glorious outside and the perfect running weather. I remember why I prefer marathon training in the summer! Used my RunKeeper app which was either pretty useless or I have suddenly become an Olympic level runner, clocking miles at 5.13. I would guess I was running around a 8.50-9min mile (I HOPE!).


  1. Angela Shepherd (@ilovelivingwell)

    Hope all goes well! I met an American couple at the Berlin Marathon last year who said Chicago was the best marathon they’d ever done, so I’m sure you’ll have a fab time x

  2. W. Purves.

    Good luck with the training – please ask Tom to wear his hat the right way round!
    Love, G.

  3. Heather Iacobacci-Miller

    Nice looking paces for your runs. I’ll be doing Chicago as well. It’s my 2nd marathon and first ever destination race. Kind of freaked out 😉

  4. Dapinder

    Good luck with training!!


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