12 weeks! 12 weeks! How are we 12 weeks into marathon training? This week has been full of ups and downs. I’ve had two long runs this week, a lot of icing and foam rolling, and a little bit of shin pain. I’ve had a physio session and another sports massage this week, and have more booked in for next week. Just trying to keep my body healthy and pain at bay for another few weeks- fingers crossed my legs can hold on for another month!
Monday – 19 miles in the rain. I ran 7.5 miles from my house to Project Awesome’s birthday workout at the South Bank, arriving just in time for birthday cake! The way back was slightly better fuelled with ginger cake- average pace 8.35 min miles.
Tuesday – Barrecore
Wednesday – Project Awesome before work. After work it was Yasso 800s again- 10 X 800 at 8.25 pace. After last week’s Yasso’s where I felt amazing, these weren’t quite to dreamy. I hit the paces but my shins felt really sore and I spent the evening in a hot bath and icing my knee and shins.
Thursday – Barre workout and Sports massage.
Friday – Unscheduled rest day. Woke with a migraine and managed to get 1 mile into my run before turning back, heading straight to get a coffee and took more painkillers!
Saturday – Another rest day. My head was still bad and I figured that more rest for my shins/knee would be a good thing!
Sunday – 20 miles. My plan was to run some miles first before joining the Richmond Half Marathon for my final 13 miles to take advantage of the water stations, cheering volunteers and the other runners to keep me on pace. The goal was 1-5 at 8.40 pace, 6-10 at 8.10 pace, 11-15 at 8.40 and 16-20 at 8.10. What actually happened was an average pace of 8.24 for the 20 miles. I definitely did not run consistent splits, and found it really hard to keep my last 5 miles under 8.30! And no knee/shin pain!!
I highly recommend this half marathon to everyone next year, I will definitely be taking part again. Friendly volunteers, great course (except the final mile) and the most brilliant race t-shirts!