Sunday, 29 March 2015

Paris Marathon Training

In just two weeks time I will be in Paris embarking on running my very first marathon.  My feelings are a mixture of primarily excitement but also nervousness and determination.  I have been training hard so now I feel both mentally and physically prepared to tackle this challenge. 

My training over the last 5 weeks since my last Paris Marathon Training post has been as follows:

7 weeks to go:
Sunday – 10 Miles
Monday – 5km with SRC
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – 5km Treadmill intervals
Thursday – SRC Hill Training 3.5 Miles
Friday  - 5km Treadmill Intervals
Saturday - Rest
Total Weekly Mileage – 22.5 Miles

6 weeks to go:
Sunday – 20.5 Miles
Monday – 5km with SRC
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – 5km Treadmill Intervals
Friday 10km
Saturday – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage – 32.5 Miles



5 weeks to go:
Sunday – RACE Salisbury 10 Miler
Monday – 5km with SRC
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday –SRC Interval Training (approx. 2miles)
Friday – 10km Treadmill Red Nose Day Challenge with SRC
Saturday - Rest
Total Weekly Mileage -21 Miles

4 weeks to go:
Sunday – 20.5 Miles
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – 5km Treadmill Intervals
Thursday – Interval Training with SRC followed by run totalling 7.5 Miles
Friday – Rest
Saturday - Rest
Total Weekly Mileage – 31 Miles



3 weeks to go:
Sunday – RACE Eastleigh 10km
Monday – 5km with SRC
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – 5km Treadmill intervals
Friday –Rest
Saturday – 14 Miles
Total Weekly Mileage – 26 Miles

With 2 weeks to go until the Paris Marathon, it is now time for me to taper and give my body sufficient time to rest and recover so that I am ready for race day.  I am planning on reducing my weekly mileage by not including long runs, but instead will be focusing on bursts of shorter training sessions to keep my muscles active and in shape.  The aim of marathon tapering is to ensure that your body is able to fully fill up your tank of glycogen stores which are essential for race day.

When preparing for a marathon, whilst the race is the crescendo – the real marathon has been the training leading up to it.  I can safely say that I have loved the training – yes you read correctly, I have loved every single mile of long runs and every interval of speed training.  I have embraced it as a journey that has made me stronger in mind and body.  Hopefully this journey will have prepared me sufficiently to achieve success in the Paris Marathon.

Are you preparing for a race or marathon?
Are you running the Paris Marathon?
Do you have any tips on preparing for the Paris Marathon?

Happy running!

Laura xx

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