[Marathon Training] Weeks 5-6 – Training & Travelling

Scarborough - Whitby cinder track run

During week 5 of marathon training I was still in Scarborough before travelling to Northern Ireland for week 6. Unfortunately I got sick on the Saturday so didn’t run in Northern Ireland except for Armagh Park Run on my last day at home. We did have some leisurely walks and hiked up Slieve Gullion.

Sunday 9th – Rest day – severely hungover from a night out in my uni town!

Hull Marina
Princes Quay Hull

Monday 10th – as I was working from home this week I went out early in the morning for a 5 mile run. All of my runs so far has been on the cinder track in Scarborough but on this one I ran down to the beach and back which meant, lots more hills than I am used to in Dubai! (9:54/mile).

Tuesday 11th – Rest day

Wednesday 12th – Rhys and I ran 10k together along the cinder track and he helped me get a new 10k PB of 58.21. Every mile on this run was progressively faster with the final mile, uphill, in 8:52, with an average pace of 9:21.

Thursday 13th – rest day

Friday 14th – after a night at the pub quiz I was feeling pretty delicate on this run but I managed 3 miles along the cinder track (9:43/mile).

Saturday 15th – no running today but plenty of dancing at our best friends wedding :)

All dressed up four our friends wedding in Yorkshire

Sunday 16th – Friday 21st - no running as I had a cold and chest infection and I started to worry about how missing this week might affect my marathon training since I should’ve been increasing my long runs.

Thursday 20th – we walked up Slieve Gullion which is County Armaghs highest peak and learned more about the history and folklore of my hometown.

Saturday 22nd – whenever I go home I always try to go to a Park Run and wish we had one in Dubai! I usually go to a Park Run in Armagh which has 2 laps and lots of hills :( my goal this time was to finish faster than my last run here and I got my new Park Run PB :) (9:34/mile).

I was disappointed to miss a few days marathon training after getting sick but happy with a new 10K PB with my pacer Rhys. Do you enjoy running with other people or prefer to run alone? I think Rhys is the only person I’d like to talk to while I’m running and usually prefer to run alone.

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