Getting ready for Christmas (and a spring marathon)

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So my marathon training has officially started.  I had 1 December in my head as my start date which would give me nearly 5 months to get myself ready for London.  And this month I’ve been training, but without following a particular plan and gradually building my mileage up in the long runs. I’m up to around 10 miles now. 

But I’ve now found the plan I want to follow.  A 16 week training plan based on three runs a week – a lot less than most plans out there, but one that’s certainly realistic for me as fitting in more than three is always hard.  There’s another day of strength training but that’s cool because I can do that early in the morning inside in the warm and I know what a difference that will make.   I’ve joined the training group and there is a Facebook group for questions and support which is great.

For me, the more places where I’m ‘accountable’ the better.  If I say on here I’m going to run three times a week then I will do my best to do that because I’ve said I would.  And of course, when I see people one of the first things they ask is how my marathon training is going so I really should be doing something so I have an answer to that question.

So far, I’m really enjoying it.  I am enjoying the feeling of pushing myself.  And with this programme I feel I understand a lot more about what I am trying to achieve – or trying to avoid.  Junk miles is a concept I was aware of but now having read all about this programme, I realise I have been very guilty of running many junk miles.  There’s nothing wrong with going for a run just because you want to, with no particular goal in mind, but when you’re training for something like a marathon it’s important to make every mile count.  Each of the three runs in my week have a specific purpose and I like that. I like that it makes me realise how important each run is in its different way and it keeps things varied.

The eating side hasn’t been too bad lately either.  We went out for the first Christmas meal last week – a girls night out to Jamie’s Italian which was great fun and nice to catch up with some people I hadn’t seen for a while.  

The good thing about this economic downturn is that it has meant there haven’t been nearly so many parties – bad for the social life, but great for the waistline and the alcohol unit count in the run up to Christmas!  I’m determined not to overeat over the holiday period and am definitely going to use the extra time to get some more runs in (there, I’ve said it – I’ve got to do it now).

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The house is all decorated and the kids are so excited.

Now I’ve just go to finish my Christmas shopping….

 

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