It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with you about our marathon training, and I suppose that’s testament to how difficult it’s been to find time for training, let alone blogging about it!
We’ve both been plagued by busy work lives, studies, injuries, and general everyday stresses…That said, there have been some highs, as well as lows, and we’re looking forward to race day- in 5 weeks, argh!
So here we go again with our little interview style recap of our training so far:
WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST ABOUT MARATHON TRAINING THIS TIME ROUND?
JESS: I’ve enjoyed mixing up my training a little more than usual with speed intervals and tempo runs, rather than always just running at the same pace which is what I’ve done previously. It’s good to see the hard work paying off in terms of my pace and endurance too!
BEX: I have loved running with my marathon buddy Lizzy. It’s been the perfect time to catch up and fill each other in on the minutiae of our lives and to spend time together that we might not otherwise find the time to do. Running along the Thames and canal has been beautifully scenic and has made the longer runs much less tedious. As always, I’ve loved having a goal to work towards and seeing myself getting fitter.
ANY PARTICULAR HIGHS YOU WANT TO SHARE?
JESS: I finally got a new half- marathon PB which I was so happy about. I ran the Headcorn Half Marathon and felt strong throughout, finishing in 1.44.21, a 2minute PB! Today I also did my first 20 mile race in Lydd. It was great to be able to race (although I wan’t technically racing) that sort of distance, and to do a long run with no stop- starts, and water provided. I was happy to finish in 3 hours, averaging a 9 minute/mile, which hopefully bodes well for marathon day!
(Yes, I look like an absolute dork, but I was very happy to finish the race!)
BEX: Completing my longest training run of 17 miles pre-injury was very motivating and showed me how far I’d come since beginning my training.
AND, THE INEVITABLE LOWS?!
JESS: I’ve been having problems with back pain as I discussed in a previous post, which has made my training feel a little more arduous, and I’m scared of making it worse by pushing through the pain… I’m having physio, but I’m the typical awful patient who can’t seem to find time to actually do the exercises…
BEX: I haven’t run at all for the last two weeks due to injury. The guilty/anxiety caused by this hasn’t been particularly fun, but I’ve been trying hard to keep things in perspective. I’ve accepted that I won’t be running a fast marathon but knowing that I’ll be letting my marathon team down is pretty hard.
HAS ANYTHING PARTICULAR MADE FINDING TIME TO TRAIN DIFFICULT?
JESS: I have my final post graduate exam in a week, and finding time to work, study and train has been difficult to say the least! My stress levels may have been slightly high at times, causing Bex to recommend that I follow my own advice!
BEX: Injury, injury, injury.
LET’S HERE MORE ABOUT THE INJURIES…
JESS: I talked about them in detail in a previous post, essentially, I have had awful posture my entire life, which has inevitably lead to back pain when pushing my body to the limits!
BEX: Oh injury, the bane of my life. It all started with a yoga injury to my left abductor (still not better) which I think must have led me to over compensate with my right leg when running. As a result my right IT Band has tightened causing a shooting pain in my knee when I run for more than ten minutes. It’s frustrating but has taught me to take things in my stride (not literally, sadly) and to listen to my body.
WITH MARATHON DAY LOOMING EVER CLOSER, HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT IT?
JESS: Well, part of me feels quietly confident that a sub- 4 hour marathon is in the realms of possibility, given my half-marathon time and the pace of my long runs, however, experience also tells me that you never know what will happen in the lead up to the event and on the day itself, so I’m just going to see what happens, and hope for the best!
BEX: At the moment I’m not 100% sure that I’m going to be able to take part. This might be slightly defeatist of me, but I really don’t want to do my body any long term damage. When we ran the London Marathon, Jess had terrible shin splints which she ran through, but was left unable to walk or run without pain for several months after the event. Obviously, this wouldn’t be ideal especially as I need to be able to teach yoga. However, I am as stubborn as a mule so think I’ll find it very difficult not to take part and will probably try to walk/run the event and see how far I get.
LET’S HEAR ABOUT SOMETHING GREAT THAT’S NOT MARATHON RELATED!
JESS: I had the most fantastic weekend in Marrakech to celebrate my husband’s 30th birthday- it was utter bliss, and just what I needed! With absolutely NO running on the agenda either 🙂
BEX: I’m really excited about my best friend Hattie moving into my flat in a couple of months and have gone crazy buying nice new housey things. Cushions, toasters, endless soft furnishings – I’m in heaven!
HOW’S YOUR TRAINING GOING?
WHAT ARE YOUR HIGHS AND LOWS?
ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM INJURY?
AND, FINALLY, HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT RACE DAY?!
JESS & BEX XXXX