I'm currently training for the Lisbon Rock and Roll marathon on the 15th October. That gives me about 9 weeks to race day. You might be wondering how my training is going – the honest answer? Not great.
I've not been at the top of my running game for a while now. Working full time has meant that I have limited time in the week to run, various social activities see my evening runs go our the window and running the same route all the time can get you in a rut.
I've also already run a marathon this year. I've run 1 marathon a year since 2014, but this year I'm running two! Usually after finishing a marathon I need a couple of weeks (or months) off, because 16 weeks of training can leave you feeling bored of the activity!
Anyway, I was feeling in a bit of a rut, so I spoke to my dad about it (my marathon coach and general running guru). Not only had my runs been boring, but they'd also not been feeling great for a while. I felt sluggish, unfit and it was really unmotivating. My dad pointed out that I was just a bit stuck. I've been running in the same trainers for over a year now (something that's not recommended for long distance running) and I've not had a plan for a while.
So. In order to get back on track, we got me some new trainers and a plan. The trainers? Asics GT-1000. I've had the GT-2000 before and loved them, so I'm excited to try out these. The plan? To run 3/4 times a week – one of which being a long run (up to 20 miles 4 weeks out) and the others being either steady runs (at marathon pace) or easy runs (at a gentle pace).