• Runs: 4

  • Distance: 64.2km

  • Time: 7 hours 1 min

  • Elevation: 562m

  • Long Run: 30km

Marathon Training Week ???

Written by Simon Linklater

Do you own a time machine? If so can I borrow it? I need to travel back 3 months to tell myself to not be a twat.

That was the message I sent to Laura earlier today on a popular dating app. Would you believe she’s agreed to meet with me? Even when I told her that for fun I jumped on a train from Hastings to Eastbourne just so I could run back again.

Unfortunately she doesn’t own a time machine. But I wasn’t joking. After another week accumulating over 60km of slow running in preparation for my first ever Marathon I feel drained. Please don’t suggest a week off. I did that a few weeks back already.

Running has been huge for me in the past 10 months, at a time when I needed escapism with my personal life not going to plan. But that’s picked up. Especially now I have my date with Laura to look forward too. Not to mention a certain Natalie too. Maybe she owns a time machine.

In fact it’s my running that I’m struggling with. It feels like a grind. 4 runs a week, over 60km in total. I’m constantly shattered. Each run feels like it’s on tired legs and my PBs from earlier in the summer seem a distant memory.

Until now I’ve been reluctant to stray from my plan. Except the week off, which even that I ****** up by doing Pilates and Circuits for the first time in my life, back to back. It took me 3 days to recover. 

I’ve failed to reach my target distance on my long runs in the past few weeks. In fact I don’t even know what week of my plan it is. I’ve reached the point where something needs to change. Running my first marathon is great but is it worth sacrificing months of my life for? What difference does it make if I run it in 4.15 or 4.45?

I’ve stopped doing my favourite running session which is track on a Monday. I’ve stopped lifting weights at the gym, which made me feel awesome. Writing this now it’s obvious I’ve made mistakes. Running is a hobby, we need to keep enjoying it. We need to keep doing our favourite sessions.

Time for a change.

I’m going to cut back my weekly runs from 4 to 3 with the hope I am fresher for each session. The focus will be the long run and track with a social run in between. I hope to introduce my upper body and core work again. 

It’s not what my original plan was but you have to be flexible and more important you have to enjoy your hobby. Life’s too short. 

I wouldn’t put anyone off entering your first marathon. But just be prepared it’s going to be tough and the minute you start to struggle, consider altering your plan. I’m actually quite excited about the next 7 weeks, that’s how long I have left until I head down to Bournemouth for the weekend. 

Who knows if I work my charm I may even be able to invite Laura or Natalie.

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