Marathon Diaries: Weeks 1-3

I am running the London Marathon 2019 for homeless charity Shelter from the Storm. Please click here to find our more about the charity and to make a donation.

As I said in my announcement post, I am not a runner. This is why I’ve had to start training as soon as possible, beginning with a 6 week training programme designed to get me running non-stop for 30 minutes. Here’s what the first 3 weeks looked like:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Monday

Rest

Rest

Rest

Tuesday

Run 30 secs
Walk 30 secs
Repeat 20 times

Run 2 mins
Walk 2 mins
Repeat 5 times

Run 4 mins
Walk 4 mins
Repeat 4 times

Wednesday

Rest

Rest

Rest

Thursday

Run 1 min
Walk 1 min
Repeat 10 times

Run 3 mins
Walk 4 mins
Repeat 4 times

Run 5 mins
Walk 5 mins
Repeat 4 times

Friday

Rest

Rest

Rest

Saturday

Rest

Rest

Rest

Sunday

Run 2 mins
Walk 3 mins
Repeat 5 times

Run 3 mins
Walk 3 mins
Repeat 4 times

Run 5 mins
Walk 4 mins
Repeat 4 times

 

I won’t lie, for the first couple of weeks I was feeling pretty smug with myself. I finished all my programmes with relative ease, and even felt like I could have started with a more intense training programme.

I already had a half-decent set of gym clothes, but I bought myself a proper running jacketand a cheap pair of running shoes (pictured). When the running jacket arrived it was paper thin and I was worried that I would feel the cold in the evenings, but it must be magic or something because it keeps me warm during my walking periods, but doesn’t make me feel too hot and sweaty when I’m running.

The shoes seem pretty good as well, but in this last week my ankles and shins have started hurting. I’m not quite sure if it’s just down to the training in general (I’ve always been pretty small and weak physically), but will keep an eye on it as my training progresses.

I also treated myself to some bluetooth headphones so I could listen to music as I run. My biggest fear is boredom, so hopefully these bad boys (pictured) will help!

During this last week it has also started to dawn on me that this whole marathon thing really isn’t going to be as easy as I initially (naively) thought. I’m running/walking for approx. 30 mins, which is ONLY 3 miles! At this rate, it’ll take me 4.5 hours to complete the full 26.2 miles!

I’m secretly hoping to complete the marathon in around 4 hours, but I suppose it’s way too early to tell if I have the stamina and pace to realistically achieve that. I guess I’ll have a better idea when I start my ‘proper’ marathon training in January.

Looking at the remaining 3 weeks of my current training programme, it looks like it gets a LOT harder. I’m definitely feeling a bit nervous, but am determined to stick to the plan – I’ll let you know how I get on!

(Just a quick reminder to check out my JustGiving page, I’ve received £15 thanks already – shout out to Russy B and a kind, anonymous donater!)

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