Athens Marathon – Training log Week #3

Hello friends 🙂 – oh and happy Monday… I guess…. zzzzzzzzz

Mood of the day: I need ALL the coffee right about now!!!

Yes I do ❤ my little French press so much! Especially on days like today… You know that feeling when (stupidly) you sleep in on a Sunday, and you wake up at 11am?? And then Sunday night is a rerun of the walking dead for you?!?!? That… I didn’t manage to sleep till about 2:30am last night…and yes I was up at 6:00am (I confess, i did hit the snoozing button about 10 times ….)

Well, now i am all happy, sipping my coffee, writing this post and contemplating on my training this past week 😀 It was such a step up from last week’s training! Still struggling to fit a little cross-training in there but I’ll make it happen I am sure!

Wednesday: 5km Tempo run 🙂

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Thursday: 6 miles (almost 10km) running home from work 🙂

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Because honestly THIS —> was exactly what I needed after a 12 hour work day full of experiments! It’s like with every step I can empty my head and by the time I get home I am totally stress free! I mean come on look at my silly smiley face ——->

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Saturday: Long run #2 in the books 10.3 miles (17km)… Now this deserves a post on its own! It was one tough run… BUT it did give me some much needed perspective! Such as:

1.Apply sunblock E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E (oh and evenly)… No comment please… Ouch!

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2. Never EVER underestimate the heat (and humidity) in London. 78F (26C) feels like 95F (35C)!!!! I got so dehydrated I had to stop at a gas station and buy myself a two litre water bottle – half to drink and the other half to pour over my head….

3. IT IS OK TO WALK! I can stress this one enough…. Between miles 5-7 I swear I felt terrible. If I was anywhere near my home I would have just quit… I ended up walking a little bit more than 3/4 of a mile at this point! I felt like such a failure… but after some water and a 5 minute break (maybe a few tears) and a phone call to @mymamus,I decided to keep going! And I did finish it! My plan was to run to work (I had a few things to check on) from home and take the long route along the river, which by the way is absolutely stunning on a sunny (maybe too sunny) day…

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4. Be proud for yourself! I did see it through! Even though I made a lot of rookie mistakes and I seriously miscalculated almost EVERYTHING about this run, I still finished with a smile!

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5. Reward you say….. YUM! Well after all the ordeal I just mentioned I think a nice yummy brunch was well deserved 😉

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Sunday: just a little shake out run to get those (seriously) tired legs moving 🙂 1.8 miles, hang out with my friend who is still recovering from surgery, and then power walk back the same distance 🙂

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So there it is! This was more like a combination of a marathon training update and a weekend shenanigans post …

Weekly mileage: 21.03 

Total mileage: 45.12

Weekly cross-training session: 0

I hope you guys have an awesome week ahead 😀

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2 thoughts on “Athens Marathon – Training log Week #3

    1. I hope so Carly… I am trying to take away the positive things I learnt on this run like the fact that it is OK to walk and that walking it is better than giving up 🙂 As for the burn it looks way worse than it is! 🙂


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