The Goal & Plan
GOAL: I wanted to complete my first ever marathon.
FITNESS: I had run 5 half marathons in a few months. My longest run at that point was 16 miles, so my fitness was good, but I felt I needed a new challenge.
PLAN: A 20 week plan, aimed at slowly increasing my long run each week to reach 23 miles, 3 weeks before the marathon. 1 speed session a week and 2 other runs, including a few races.
As with any Marathon Training plan, the “Long Run” is going to be the key. I started with a good level of fitness built up from my 1st training plan.
I did find it very difficult to hit my targets though and struggled with any run over 30K. I wasn’t fueling properly and once I took on more calories it helped me in the latter stages of runs.
Whilst the Marathon was always my primary goal, I still entered races. I was careful they didn’t impact my training. In the course of the 20 weeks I ran a 10K PB on 3 separate occasions.
I did have a couple of poor weeks. I found myself struggling in the middle of the plan and took a break during week 9. I got restless though and made the mistake of attending pilates and circuits back to back (both for the first time). What a nobhead!!! I soon got back on track though.
Week by Week
|1||26k (16.1)||Track||1||57.6k (35.8)|
|2||27k (16.7)||Hills/Worthing 10K||1||59.8k (37.2)|
|3||21.1k (13.1)||Track||2||46.6k (28.9)|
|4||27k (16.8)||Progression Run||2||60k (37.3)|
|5||28k (17.4)||Track/Efforts||2||55.7k (34.6)|
|6||29k (18)||Track/Efforts/10K Race||2||61.6k (38.27)|
|7||24k (14.9)||Track||1||53.7k (33.4)|
|8||23.4k (14.5)||Progression Run||2||56.4k (35)|
|10||30k (18.6)||Track||2||54.9k (34.1)|
|11||29k (18)||Efforts||2||60.3k (37.5)|
|12||30k (18.6)||–||3||64.2k (39.9)|
|14||31.5k (19.6)||Track||2||57.6k (35.79)|
|15||33k (20.5)||Efforts/Parkrun/Battle 10K||0||53.7k (33.4)|
|16||34.5k (21.4)||Parkrun||2||60.4k (37.5)|
|17||32k (19.9)||Efforts/Kew 10K||0||48.7k (30.3)|
|18||25k (15.5)||Track/Parkrun||1||55.8k (34.7)|
|19||16k (9.9)||Track||2||32.4k (20.1)|
|20||42.2k (26.2)||2||58.2k (36.2)|