Running A Marathon. Training Plan Week 2. I Have Seen The Light…

Running A Marathon: Training Schedule Week 2/30.
Running A Marathon: Training Schedule Week 2/30.

Running A Marathon: Training Plan Week 2/30: I Have Seen The Light…

Running Do’s: Continually rotating your running shoes in the week helps reduce the risk of injury and means you don’t have to run in those ‘still wet and infested pair from your last run’.

Running Don’ts: The wrong can cause injury – get specialist advice and invest in the best shoes you can afford.

Background: I have signed up to the London Marathon 2015, having never run before and recently having undergone major knee surgery (twice). This diary captures the highs and lows of my attempts to get fit enough to run the marathon in April 2015.

Running The London Marathon For Mind

Running The London Marathon For Mind

I am running for the mental health charity MindPlease donate on my Virgin Just Giving page – every single penny I raise goes directly to Mind and helping people with their mental health – thank you.

I am following a 30 week marathon training schedule defined by Jeff Galloway the US Olympic Marathon runner. Jeff espouses the run – walk – run method which enables you to gradually build up your strength and endurance.

Week 2 Schedule: 4 Miles (15 sec run/45 sec walk), 2 X 60 min cadence and track sessions

Weekly Diary: I suppose week 2 wasn’t massively different from week 1 with one significant exception – that I chose to do my running in the daylight and not in the pitch black. Bizarrely, running when you can actually see makes all the difference! I wholly recommend it.

On the 800m drills Jeff encouraged me to try different run/walk ratios (10/50 run/walk, 15/45, 30/30, 15/15) the idea being that you will find a ratio that feels right for you. Having tried various I actually settled on 15/15 as it seemed to have the right balance for me over the relatively shorter distances.

Running A Marathon: Training Plan Week 2/30.

Running A Marathon: Training Plan Week 2/30. The Joy Of Running When You Can Actually See

The Cadence Drills (CD’s) were still perplexing me. I could still not get my head around the need to simultaneously count my steps, keep an eye on the time and run/walk. Clearly more work was needed here. I ended up doing some sort of triple jump style drill – a sort of hop, skip and jump.  Perhaps this would have been fine if I hadn’t been trying this next to an all-weather training field full of 16 year-old super athletes. I am hoping that it was just me being paranoid – but I am sure at one point their coach said to the class “whatever you do – don’t do what that bloke in the lycra is doing – you will do yourselves an injury”.

The longer run was a 4 miler and I went back to the 15/45 ratio. I thought this would be a nightmare but actually it didn’t seem to bad. I just focused on the 15 seconds running and then the 45 seconds seemed to give me ample time to re-charge my lycra clad legs. I chose to run on country roads near where we live – I have to say how running on these roads allowed me to have a totally different perspective of the detail of the landscape.

It may well have been tranquil too – but I wouldn’t have known as my ears were full of adrenaline fueled rap music. Frankly a full formation of flying super-fortresses could have completed a low pass directly over me and I would have been none the wiser. I was too busy busting my moves to Kanye, Jay Z, Puff Diddy and the like. Throwing shapes, moon-walking – it was all there. All I need now was a diamante glove – RIP – Michael Jackson.

Onwards and upwards!

My name is Andrew and I live in the UK. I am married with 3 girls.

After a career as a Management Consultant spanning 20+ years, I left the bright lights of the city and am focusing my attention on Leadership Coaching and Development. In truth, I felt there was more to life than Microsoft PowerPoint and I have always enjoyed people development and while life as a freelancer scares the bejesus out of me – it has given me renewed energy.

At the same time as changing job, I wanted to take the opportunity to get fit again. When I say “fit” I mean properly fit. Not just a couple of weeks of effort followed by months inactivity (other than talking about getting fit and buying loads of gear) until my next ‘fitness fad’ came around!!

So back in October 2014, I decided that enough was enough and I was going try and start running – again! The challenge was that I was over-weight, really lacked any self-belief or had any real idea of where to start next. My state of mind was not helped by the fact I had recently undergone a series of knee operations which had had a slow (and painful) rehabilitation!

Despite all of this negativity, I found myself really wanting to run a marathon. On one hand it felt completely impossible, but on the other if felt like a real tangible goal, which, if I could achieve it would instil real belief and pride that I had achieved something special. I could have chosen the half-marathon – which is also a tough nut to crack – but in my head it had to be the full 26.2 miles. I really wanted to say that I was “a marathon runner”.

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