I'm following a plan online and am doing a 15 mile training run tomorrow.
Just feeling a bit down as Im not feeling any fitter than when I started training for this event. I seem to have put on weight and every run seems to be a struggle..... I'm worried im not going to make it round at this rate!
Any advice greatfully received
That is very true and if someone had told me even 2 years ago I would be able to run 15 miles, I would have thought they were crazy!
I think you could be right, perhaps just feeling a bit rundown today and my daughter is just getting over a sickness bug so hope I havent picked that up.
I think I've been eating the wrong things... going to be more careful about what I eat from now on and really concentrate on inreasing my fitness. I tend to only do comfortable runs (I'm a plodder) and not fast runs or interval training so I guess if I start to do some of those things then that should increase my fitness.
I occassionaly run with others at lunchtime from work but my long runs and when i do the marathon will be on my own.
Yes it is hard, I only have one but Im a single mum so it's quite tough actually finding times to get out and train!
I've bought some new Mizuno shoes yesterday so going to break them in did a little 3.5 miler in them this morning and they felt good.
There are some park runs around, I think id be looking at about 30 minutes for a 5K, i did a 10k race in london in 2010 and came in at 59min 22 seconds I was really pleased with that. I couldnt maintain that for a marathon tho!
You're doing brilliantly Emma, don't worry.
Some of us will always be plodders (I'm one too) but better a plodder than a couch potato
Hoping your 15 miler goes well today!
Thank you, yes definetley better a plodder than a couch potato
THe 15 miler was bloody hard and I did walk a little bit, but that is the furthest I've ever done so still a good achievement!
I can sympathise - I'm training for Brighton (first marathon) and like you, I feel like running is never really easy, I'm always having to talk myself into keeping going. I feel completely exhausted a lot of the time (especially the day after a long run - I can easily sleep for 12 hours solidly). I do British Miliatry Fitness too, and I'm DEFINITELY slower in that.
Perhaps try giving yourself a few days off and either rest or cross train (I like swimming because it gives my joints a rest) and you'll feel much fresher when you get out for a run again.
As everyone else says, 15 miles is a fantastic achievement. I think we can get sucked into comparing ourselves to others all the time, and when you read about people on here running massive distances, it can make your efforts seem tiny in comparison. As Piers said, most people you speak to wouldn't even be able to comtemplate running 6 miles, never mind 15. Don't underestimate what you've achieved
Emma, I run a stack, and have done a lot of races, but even now I think 14-16miles is a long way, so you shouldn't worry at all.
i find a great motivation tool to be one where I think "I'm glad I'm not doing....x day's session".
If it's a hard speed session, I'll think at least it isn't the long run (14-16), if it's the esay paced runs, I'll be glad it's not fast stuff, and if it's the long run, I'll be glad it's not those 2 types of runs, and can relax and enjoy!
All about training yourself mentally as well as physically!
Is there anyway you can re-structure your week so the long run comes at the weekend? It's a big ask to fit it in midweek, presuming you're meaning the evening, and aren't free in the day?
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