Return to marathon training: Weeks 7 to 10
Sep21

Return to marathon training: Weeks 7 to 10

As I approached the middle of my training for Newport marathon 2021, I’d reached the point where my legs felt stiff and aching pretty much all the time. This is normal (well certainly normal for me) and not an indication of injury – just an indication of all the hard work I’m putting in to get stronger. Week 7 of marathon training started with a 45 minute ‘intense run’, as it is described on my plan. That...

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Return to marathon training: Weeks 5 to 8
Mar04

Return to marathon training: Weeks 5 to 8

I am currently training for Brighton marathon in April – my second marathon following Newport last year. It will also be my husband’s first marathon. He is more or less following the same plan as me, but we only run together on Sundays. He does his body conditioning in the gym, whereas I do it at home. He also has to be careful not to run too much as he plays football twice a week. We are now over halfway through our...

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How to train (and not to train) for a marathon
Jun17

How to train (and not to train) for a marathon

I may have mentioned that I ran a marathon recently. For me, that was a huge achievement and I felt a real sense of pride. It was pride not just in crossing the line on the day, but in all the work I’d done leading up to it. My legs ached and I was tired, but I was free from injury and I didn’t hit the wall during the race. Running a marathon isn’t pushing your body to the absolute limit, but it’s certainly...

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Marathon training: The first few weeks
Feb18

Marathon training: The first few weeks

I’ve decided not to bore you by updating you on my marathon training every single week. Especially as the first couple of weeks on my training plan involved less running than I usually do. I decided to follow Newport marathon’s own training plan, which only lasts 15 weeks and starts off slowly, but then builds up very quickly. The first week recommended just three runs, with the longest being a 60 minute ‘light...

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Marathon training: Following a training plan
Feb07

Marathon training: Following a training plan

I ummed and aahed over whether to follow a training plan for my first marathon. My ‘training plan’ (in my head) for my half marathons works very well, so shouldn’t I just do that? But with a much longer run on a Sunday? Generally when training for a half marathon I do two four mile runs in the week, parkrun on Saturday and a longer run on Sunday. As I get closer to the big day, I will increase the four mile runs to...

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