Our five runners take to the streets of a very snowy Birmingham University to warm up ahead of their training session, designed by our coaches as a progress check.
If only we'd brought skiis: Making tracks in the snow on a very icy athletics track.
"I’ve always just run when I’ve felt like it so this is all completely new for me," says Mel our 'Busy Lifestyle' runner who'll be running her first marathon in Paris on April 7.
"I’ve been loving the variety of all the sessions so far. Standing on the start line at Paris is going to be one hell of an experience," says our 'First Timer' Steve, who despite feeling ropey at the training day still had a Cheshire Cat grin all day.
Coach Sam Murphy explains the sessions for the training day: winders - pacing at different speeds over multiple laps.
"Apart from the odd niggle, it’s been going really well. Steve's plan is a lot more rigid than any I’ve followed before, which is helping me get the most out of my training," says our PB Hunter Alex, who'll be gunning for a sub-3 hour finish in Paris.
"I'm having a blast. The sessions are really quite varied so there’s no chance of getting bored. I'm especially enjoying the forum and sharing the experience with others who are also training for a marathon," says Sarah, who's aiming for a Boston Marathon Qualifier for her age group in Paris.
"Following Ruth’s advice I’m losing a lot of weight, which is great. I’m also enjoying using the MY ASICS app to record my runs and post them on Twitter," says Adrian, who so far has lost half a stone through the Target experience.
Food for thought
Nutritionist Ruth talks fuelling tactics with Alex.
Coach Sam explains the importance of the core to mentee Steve.
The coaches prepare the team for the upcoming high mileage weeks.