The beginning of 2017 gave me 20 weeks until the Stirling marathon, my A race for the first half of 2017. I had great hopes of a really solid month of training to start me off on my plan. Neal and I had worked out how we were each going to get our runs in and I was going to be using the running buggy much more and building that up. I was also very hopeful of losing most of the last of my pregnancy weight.
Due to Neal’s shifts I am no longer making our Giffnock North club nights or Sheila’s training group which I am really disappointed about but it can’t be helped. The plan is roughly that I will do:
Monday – group session with the runbetweners from Run4it or Turban group
Tuesday – buggy run or rest
Wednesday – buggy run
Thursday – medium long run before Neal goes to work
Friday – rest or buggy run
Saturday – parkrun as a tempo run
Sunday – long run
It does not leave me much scope for ‘sessions’ but you can’t run from where we are without hills and with the buggy that is definitely making me stronger!
This has all not exactly gone to plan, but nor has it been a dead loss of a month!
– Double parkrun on New Years Day of Pollok and Tollcross
– Getting a few sessions in in the first week in January, including completing the club Merries session
– Post baby PB at Victoria parkrun of 26.41, 8.37m/m
– Getting faster with the running buggy, fastest pace so far, 10.24m/m for 5 miles for the tolls route
– Going longer with the buggy, 6.2 miles so far
– Post baby 10km PB at the Nigel Barge 10km of 54.14, 8.50m/m on a very tough course.
– One visit to Sheila’s group when Neal took a couple of days off and I got it done as part of a medium long run.
– Getting a long run of 15 miles done, starting at 7.15am and finishing with Pollok parkrun and my strongest few miles.
– Finished the month with my highest weekly mileage for a long, long time of 36.10 miles.
Difficulties/things to work on:
– Harrison was pretty ill the second week in January and I barely trained that week as he was stuck to me like glue, or more specifically my chest! I was totally drained so even when I did get out I was too exhausted to do much. That is going to happen though and I accept that.
– On a similar thread Harrison is not a great sleeper, and in particular is up very early. (Before 5am this morning for example, although that is a little extreme!) For this reason I have really struggled with the long runs. It’s a constant mental battle between going out right away exhausted or waiting till he naps, trying to get a bit more sleep myself and then going out. And most of the month I failed to do either option! After doing two 13 milers around Xmas it took me to the end of the month to get up to 15miles. Must do better with this!
– Mileage for the month was 95.6. Less than planned but this was mainly due to missing long runs.
– Had a meltdown the one time I managed to go to track as I felt so slow and that it was all hopeless. Thanks to lovely clubmates for picking me up and forcing me on!
I’m pleased to see the highlights vastly outweigh the negatives and it’s mainly just the long runs I need to work on. I will definitely do others incorporating parkrun as it forces me out early and means I get company for the last hard miles. I like to run hard too though sometimes!
In February I want to work on:
– Long runs
– Pace and distance of buggy runs
– Weight loss, as that ended badly after a good start in January!
I found out yesterday that I have a place in the Devil of the Highlands 42 mile race on 5th August. This will be my first ultra since the WHW race in 2012 and one that I have been entered into a few times but have never been able to do. I am really looking forward to it, but a bit scared too!