A Week in my Trainers – VMLM Week One

The first week back to work… what a baptism of fire.  I really threw myself into the week both professionally and with regards to my training.  My first week of marathon training has been really busy; a mix of smaller runs, intervals and a weekend race.

This has been great but I felt totally fatigued come Friday evening, and readjusted my schedule to facilitate a rest day.  I think it’s really important to remember that you know your body better than a piece of paper does – make a plan work for you, not the other way around.

Monday – 30 Minutes Steady Running

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Tuesday – Lunchtime Workout and After Work Intervals

At lunchtime I snuck off to the gym to do Move Eat Smile Workout A.  This is a great one to do if you’re short on time and space as you can do it with relatively little gym equipment and because it’s more about strength than impact you don’t break up such a sweat that you have to wash your hair.  A quick body shower and dry shampoo and I was back in the office.

After work I did a session on the treadmill varying speeds.  I rarely do steady runs on a treadmill but find them really useful for speed work, but I always use an incline of at least 1 as a flat surface.

10 minutes easy (9km/h)

4 minutes steady/bordering on hard (12km/h) 1 minute sprint (15km/h)

4 minutes steady (11km/h) 1 minute sprint (15km/h)

4 minutes steady/bordering on easy (12km/h) 1 minute sprint (15km/h)

4 minutes steady (11km/h) 1 minute sprint (15km/h)

4 minutes steady/bordering on hard (12km/h) 1 minute sprint (15km/h)

10 minutes easy (9km/h)

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Wednesday – Early morning MES Workout B

This is my favourite of the MES workouts so far as I really like the combination of plyometric and weight training that it offers.

Thursday – Easy 25 minute run to Kobox

I did an easy 25 minute run to my first ever session at Kobox.  This is the new boxing gym on Kings Road and it offers Full Body, Lower Body and Upper Body.  It works by doing intervals of bag work and wall work – and man the wall work is hard.

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I did an upper body session that saw us slamming medicine balls at the wall, doing near impossible push ups, and all around destroying the strength in your shoulders.  It was a really intense workout and I really enjoyed the latest take on interval-based cardio and strength training that London has to offer.

Friday – MES Workout D

Whoever put Box Jumps, Shoulder Tap push ups and Frog Legs in a row is a mean person!

Saturday – A big fat delicious rest day

When I say rest I mean rest – I made pancakes, hid from the rain at the cinema to see Joy and had a restful evening in.

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Sunday – Brixton 1ok

This was the first Run Through event I’ve ever done, but I’ve been aware of their brand of grass roots local races for a while.  Since I had a 6 mile run scheduled for this weekend anyway I decided to make it official with a medal and take part in my local run.

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It was definitely a tough course with three hills in each laps, and three laps in total, meaning that I was definitely aware of my lack of hill training of late.  I think doing organised runs like this are a great way of making you aware of where your training weaknesses lie.

I was really impressed with the level of organisation and community that Run Through brought to the event, and will definitely consider their events in future. Everything about the event represented what I love most about running; determination, willpower and a total lack of elitism.  Everyone was there to work hard and enjoy themselves.

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