On New Years Eve I entered the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon (Marathon Eryri) – taking place on 29 October 2016. It was a good idea at the time and would be two years after my previous marathon. I wanted the challenge.
2016 hasn’t been a kind year for training. What started off in January as a positive outlook for the year ahead, it soon turned into a few months of niggles, sniffles and lack of confidence at not being able to run. The small runs that I managed left me frustrated at the lack of progress. I stopped training to rest and recover but that didn’t really help – I stuggled with not running. I also had to pull out of the third Swansea Half Marathon – gutted.
Anyway – things are getting better and as we reach 18 weeks until Snowdonia I have started training again. Once again following one of the Asics 262 plans (Isobel’s 4:30 plan). It worked for me before so I have every faith it will work again.
Week one training schedule:
WEEK ONE (approx 20M)
- Mon Rest
- Tues 4M with middle 2M at 10k pace (approx 9 min miling)
- Wed Rest
- Thu 4M including 6 x 20 second hill reps with walk recoveries between each.
- Fri Rest
- Sat 9M very easy
- Sun 3M easy (on grass or trails)
It’s Wednesday now so it’s a rest day but last night’s 4M was the most I have run in a long time. The pace was good too and I stayed as close to 9 as I could. I don’t think I went over 9:10min/mile during that two mile 10k pace.
The plan covers 16 weeks so I will be following the Week One schedule for Weeks 1 and 2 – re-building that base fitness.
- Current Trainers: Asics Gel Nimbus 16 (@ 389.4 miles)
- Kit: General Asics stuff
- Tracking: Garmin 920Xt
Things to do:
- Upgrade to Strava Premium
- Decide on a charity