New York Marathon Training – Running in Jersey

Completing my long runs on a Monday seems to have become a bit of a theme for the past two weeks, maybe my Sunday long run is a thing of the past. With an internship, a race and some travel at the weekend, this week of training didn’t exactly follow the schedule…

The one great thing that did happen? I got my umph back when it comes to BQ motivation, I read about all the Boston Qualifiers entering the race this week, read Boston recaps and heard about the ‘How Bad Do You Want It Book’ and decided that it’s still something I really, really want to achieve and will start working towards it properly again after NYCM!

Here’s how this week’s training went down:

Tuesday – Teach First 5K race.

Read the full recap here of my run and my Mum’s first ever race.

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Wednesday – Off. I was at an internship with London Scottish rugby club this week on Tues, Weds and Fri, and the location meant I had to leave the house at 6.15am, not conducive to a morning workout.

Thursday – 3 very casual miles around Henley, ending in Waitrose to get the ingredients to make my Avocado Hummus recipe – yum!

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Friday –  Off.

Saturday – Surfing and plenty of walking, but no running.

Sunday – The last thing I wanted to do was run long after a morning spent Coasteering (more in another post) and cycling, so I hit the state-of-the-art gym at our hotel, the Royal Yacht in St Helier, Jersey, for 5 X 800m repeats around 7.30 min mile pace.

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Monday – I woke up at 6.20 in the dark and was at the gym just as it opened at 6.30am, I ran my first 3 miles on the treadmill there before heading outside just after 7am and running 7 miles along the cycle/running path between St Helier and St Aubin in Jersey. There’s also a ‘Trim Trail’ with workout stations positioned every 500m or so along the trail for those that want to create a mini bootcamp workout, such a great idea!

I was supposed to be running 12 miles total but it felt really tough, already muggy outside even though it was so early.  My average pace hovered between 9.30 and 10 min miles, and it just felt like a slog, one that I bailed on in favour of a smoothie bowl at Moo, a super cute organic cafe in St Helier.

All in all a fairly okay week of training, I got most of the miles in, despite the weird layout of the week, and that’s the important thing. This weekend I’m a bridesmaid in a wedding so will be tackling the long run on Friday morning, just so that it doesn’t hang over me all weekend!

What are your weekend running plans? 

5 Comments

  1. September 15, 2016 / 8:12 am

    Great post! I think sometimes getting the miles in is more important than the time. Do you find it easy to switch your long run days? I think I’ve become mentally programmed to do them always on Sundays and maybe need to review that for when I can’t get out on a Sunday. Creature of habit!

  2. W. Purves.
    September 15, 2016 / 11:36 am

    It would be interesting to hear a bit more about the London Scottish internship. G.

  3. Danielle @ Wild Coast Tales
    September 15, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    I’d cut my run short for a smoothie bowl too! Haha. This weekend I have my last 20 miler for marathon training and then the taper begins! Woohoo.

  4. September 15, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Great job Charlie! I’m so excited to run with you during the marathon and love that you have your fire back! Have a great time this weekend at the wedding 🙂

  5. September 16, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    I’m impressed with long runs on a Monday. When actually training (a bit slack at the moment) I tend to go for Saturdays – that way I can happily have a nice long nap afterwards. Good luck with the training and love the pics!

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