London Marathon Training – Week 3

I am currently on week 3 of a 16 week intermediate marathon training plan.

I haven’t deviated from the plan so far. Here are some of the things I’ve found useful so far:

  • Custom workouts on my Garmin 310XT watch. The feedback is extremely useful for the dreaded tempo sessions. The countdown beeps and pace alerts save me the hassle of constantly looking at the watch. I’ll also be using them for the speed sessions.
  • When its miserable and cold outside, the last thing I want to do is go out for a run. I’ve found that focusing on my reasons for running the London marathon help me overcome the laziness. I am running for Ummah Welfare Trust to raise funds for those affected by the siege and conflict in Gaza. Just thinking about what they have to go through on a daily basis is motivation enough to go out there regardless of the weather.

London Marathon

Having unsuccessfully applied to run the Virgin Money London Marathon via the ballot entry system I was given a second chance yesterday. I was informed by a friend who knew a local charity, Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT) were looking to fill their spot for one runner. A few emails and a meeting later I was officially confirmed to take part.

When I found out a few months ago that I wasn’t initially selected to take part in the marathon, I signed up to run a half marathon in March instead. My training has been on and off for it but getting into the ‘big one’ has lifted my spirits which makes me feel a lot more motivated to train and prepare well. Raising money for a good cause will make it a truly humbling experience.

For the half marathon I was following this training plan. The furthest I ran prior to training was a 10K with some work colleagues last year. Most training plans I came across tended to have words like ‘tempo’, ‘interval’, ‘steady’ etc. I didn’t have the faintest idea what any of these terms meant in the running context. The training plan I chose worked well for me because it didn’t go into too much detail I was able to tweak it to suit me and as I progressed, I eased myself into the world of ‘tempo’, ‘steady’, ‘interval’ and ‘threshold’ runs.

Now that I have to prepare for a full marathon, I decided to follow this training plan. This includes a half marathon, four weeks before the full one which is perfect for me as the one I signed up to fits the timeframe. This is a 16 week plan, which means I can’t afford to miss any weeks as there are exactly 16 weeks from Monday until the marathon.