Week Eight:

Runs – 3

Miles run – 23.5 miles

Average pace – 8.55 min/mile

So, week eight.  Ten weeks to go and I’m focusing on increasing the distance of my long run.  After a difficult couple of weeks, I felt like I was back in my groove this week with a slow 3 mile jog, a fast 7.5 miles and a pace 12.5 miles – although I was totally knackered after the 7.5 miler before work!

Recovering on the floor after a quick 7.5 miles before work

I was feeling stronger come Sunday and my long run.  The last time I ran that far was during a half-marathon in 2012.  I remember slogging through the last couple of miles and feeling like I couldn’t take a single step more when I finished – which couldn’t be further from how I felt today.  The pace felt challenging but comfortable, the weather was glorious along the River Thames, and despite not getting enough sleep after the clocks went forward, I felt like I could have kept going.

Which is a good thing because I’m very conscious that I am nearly halfway through my training plan and I’m only running half the distance and I’m not even covering the full distance across the whole week!  I’m thinking about maybe adding in a fourth run each week but I don’t want to over-train either – I’ve had problems with my hips in the past which aren’t manifesting this time (all that yoga is paying off) and I don’t want to risk any problems by running too frequently.  I’d be really grateful for any thoughts or tips from marathon pros on this one!

But right now, I’m going to have a long bath and get some much needed sleep.  I worked hard this week!

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