Marathon Training Week Two


Week two is done! I’d like to thank anyone who sponsored me since last week. I’ve now reached 18% of my target and can’t wait to raise more.  If you’d like to help out then please visit or text POLL64 £3 to 70070.

Last week was a slightly strange week for me with a few ups and downs.

I bought a new pair of trainers with a slightly more supportive sole and as a fan of barefoot style nike free 4.0s they’re taking a little getting used to, but it was actually a really good week for mental training . I found myself not performing as well as I’m able to and having to learn when to push myself and when not to, and that a poor performance isn’t an innate reflection of my ability or effort.

Last week I quoted Brett Sutton’s view that some sessions are stars and some are stones, but all are rocks and we build from them all.  I’m sad to say that in terms of my runs this was a week of stones.

Here is what I got up to:

Monday – Dynamic Yoga

This was a scheduled rest day according to the plan that I am following, but I decided it was a good opportunity to give my new years resolution a go and I took a 75 minute Dynamic Yoga class.  It sounds silly to say I’m intimidated by yoga when I do exercise that is more typically thought of as being strenuous e.g. BodyPump, hiit, running; but I really was so nervous! Whilst it was clear that I was a beginner I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to keeping it up.

Tuesday – Cross Training

I worked out with my lovely trainer Laura and did a really tough cross fit style workout.  If you fancy having a go at this the details are as follows

  • 500m run (incline 1%, speed 13kph)
  • 20 jump squats to push ups (ouch)
  • 20 plyo box jumps to medicine ball twists
  • 20 single arm dumbbell rows from plank
  • 20 burpees
  • 20 second plank

Repeat this as many times within an hour as you can.  I managed four rounds and was so sweaty by the end that my hair was a little wet.  Gross. If you want to see my disgusting selfies and details of my workouts as and when I do them then please follow me on instagram at

Wednesday – 6 miles of gentle hill training

This was a very odd day for me on a personal level and I didn’t especially want to run, but managed to lace up my trainers and did some gentle hill work in Brockwell Park.  Once you mentally accept that you’re going to be running slower than normal than hill training can be weirdly enjoyable as I swear you can feel yourself getting fitter as you do it!

Thursday – Tempo Running for 5 miles

It’s not taken me long to come to the conclusion that I hate tempo running.  I don’t find it especially natural as I like to relax into a run and find my stride for the session and tempo running prevents that from happening.  However, it’s a really good mental exercise as well as physical exercise because it requires you to learn how to push yourself.

Friday – 30 minute run

This was supposed to be 40 minutes according to my schedule but, to be perfectly honest, I was in such a filthy mood that I’m surprised I managed 30 minutes.  First, I really wanted to wear my new trainers so I did, though realistically for a short speed run I should have worn my nikes.  Secondly, I did it upon waking and without eating – this is stupid and please do not follow my example.  Thirdly, I was not running as quickly as I know myself to be capable and I struggle not to get frustrated when this happens.  When it comes to my friends I’m the least competitive person in the world, but for some reason I’m always in competition with myself which is obviously counterproductive to good training and a happy mind.

Saturday – REST DAY

Sunday – Another rest day

I was supposed to run for 45 minutes according to my programme, but was very tempted to do a 12 mile run with some friends.  However, having spent Saturday afternoon and night waitressing I knew I hadn’t properly fuelled and rested to do a big run on the Sunday.  I made the decision to take another day off.  It’s so easy to feel like a failure if you don’t tick every box, but at the end of the day I know and respect my body better than anybody else so I am really pleased with myself for making the right choice.  A day spent having a healthyish hearty lunch with a friend, and watching The Hunger Games with my foam roller was definitely the right choice.

Thank you so much for reading! Please let me know if you have any training tips or questions!

Polly x


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