Weeks 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 of training – oops!

Wow.  Time flies.

So, I went away for 3 weeks, and that pretty much ruined my training.  I worked for two solid weeks.  I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, my work is tough.  I don’t work much throughout the year, but when I am on, I am on.  I work 24/7 for the two weeks I am away, and am on call all the time (not an exaggeration).  I also need to be ‘on-show’ and very active and extremely happy all the time – meaning, I can’t be exhausted after my long runs and just go to bed!

Now that my excuses have been given, let’s do a quick run-down of what I have done the past few weeks.

Week 10

Monday – 5 miles easy (10:08min/mile)
Tuesday – 4 x 1200m: Total of 6.5 miles
Wednesday – Rest day
Thursday – 8 mile tempo, + 1 mile warm up and cool down (9:02 pace)
Friday – 5 miles easy (9:58min/mile)
Saturday – 8 miles long run pace (9:33min/mile)
Sunday – fly to Australia for work

Total – 34.5 miles.  No long run. Last decent week before traveling.

Week 11

Monday – Still in transit.
Tuesday – 5 miles easy pace (9:50min/mile)
Wednesday – 1 mile easy, plus strength work
Thursday – 5 miles easy (10:05min/mile)
Friday – nothing
Saturday – nothing – Travel to Uluru
Sunday – nothing – Travel to Sydney

Total – 11 miles.  Working hard this week – and recovering from jet lag!


Week 12

Monday – 10 miles – fartlek style (9:22min/mile)
Tuesday – nothing
Wednesday – nothing (huge day of traveling around Australia)
Thursday – nothing, but did kayak and hike with group
Friday – nothing
Saturday – 6.2 miles easy, but with a few faster miles thrown in (9:21min/mile)
Sunday – nothing – traveling to Perth

Total: 16.2 miles.  Finished my working week!

Week 13

Monday – 7 miles easy (9:50min/mile)
Tuesday – 2 miles easy (10:17min/mile)

Rest of the week nothing!!

Total: 9 miles – oops!  Spent this week being very lazy, getting over my work week and relaxing – probably should have run more.

Week 14

Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 4 miles easy (10:04min/mile)
Wednesday – 6 x 1 mile repeats, + 1 mile warm up and cool down (8.75 miles)
Thursday – 5 miles easy (10:09min/mile)
Friday – rest
Saturday – 5 miles easy (10:33min/mile)
Sunday – 16 miles long run (9:53min/mile)

Total: 38.75 miles.  Getting back into it!

Week 15

Monday –  5 miles easy (10:09min/mile)
Tuesday – 4 x 1.5 mile – (9.25 miles)
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – 5 miles easy (9:54min/mile)
Friday – 8 mile tempo, 1 mile warm up and cool down (9:12min/mile)
Saturday – 8 miles easy (10:06min/mile)
Sunday – 10 miles long run (9:29min/mile)

Total: 48 miles.


So that is it!  With all of this, I have decided my goal of sub 2 hours is out of reach.  The tempo runs I have been doing are very difficult.  I am going to aim for 4:15-4:30, which is still 15-30min PR.  Week 16, which I am towards the end of, is also I very terrible week – lots of traveling again.  Not good way to go into a marathon, but it is ok!  I’ll try my best and know I can work hard for the next marathon.

2 more weeks until M-Day!


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