It dawned on me a few weeks ago that I’ve been so focused on fundraising for the London Marathon 2019 for my charity, WellChild, that I haven’t actually written an update on how my training is going.
Whilst I written plenty of posts about how fundraising going, read my latest post here, I thought I’d write about my training.
It may seem a little early to some to start training now, but my training is actually twofold. You see I’m also running the Cardiff Half Marathon in October 2018 for Cancer Research UK, so my training plan has started now for that, and then once I’ve completed the half marathon, my full marathon training plan will kick in. Either way, it all counts towards my marathon training.
At the time of writing this update I’ve completed 20 training runs, and covered a distance of 129.2 kilometres (80.28 miles).
These runs are a combination of hill repeats, speed intervals, progression runs and easy runs. When I trained for the half marathon last year, I didn’t do any hill training, but this year I want to beat last years time, but more importantly reduce my risk of injury.
Last year I tore my adductor muscle during training which saw me having to rest. This meant I had to change my original goal of finishing the half marathon in under 2 hours 15 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes. It may not seem like much of a different, but to me it is. This year I’m hoping to complete the Cardiff Half Marathon in under 2 hours 15 minutes.
I’ve also incorporated barre class into my training plan to help improve strength, flexibility and again to help reduce the risk of injury. Barre class is a mixture of ballet, pilates and yoga, and I go to this class once a week.
Now, I can’t write this post without having to say thank you to my wonderful husband for putting up with me running four times a week! In this hot weather I’ve been running first thing in the morning, around 6/7am. Thank you!
I’m well aware that as my training progresses my runs will be getting longer, and without my husband being so supportive it wouldn’t be possible. Thank you honey, I love you!
So that’s a little update on my training so far! If you can spare any change, please donate online to my fundraising page here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmilyHiggins3 (please copy and paste link into your web browser).
I have a fundraising target of £1,600 for WellChild, the national children for sick children.
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