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Quebec training week 6

The heat continues in Bella Scotia.  If anyone is any doubt that #scotlandisnow they just need to be here.  The beaches are amazing, the wildlife is out and the mood is one of intense optimism.  Just like my training at the moment.

There are comments appearing on FB running pages about the heat and how it is hampering training I have news for you there is always a way.  I hate running in the heat but you do everything possible to make it comfortable and safe.

Run when its cooler this may not always be at the beginning or end of the day there might be a cool patch at some other time.  Stay hydrated.  Carry water with you, 0r cash to buy some.  Run in loops sp you can rehydrate when required.

Embrace the heat!!!

Anyway how did this weeks training go?  Really good as it happens.  More running miles than planned more cross training than planned and more weight lost!

Total miles run was 23.6 miles with 1100 feet of climbing.  My intervals have increased from 400’s to 800’s and the long run is 12.5 miles.

Biking 120 miles with 6000 ft of climb.

1 core class and 3 yoga classes.


Quebec training week 5

It has been unusually hot in Scotland this past week and I do not do well in the heat.  However a good week of training was done and a fair bit of relaxing in the sun!

Run: 19 miles with 1125 feet of climbing this included a park run of 23:07 1:14 quicker than 1 month ago.  I was well pleased with that time.  It is the second best run at my home park run.

Bike: 60 miles with 3500 feet of climbing.

I did 2 yoga classes and 1 pilates class.  Core and resistance have been missing from my training for a short while due to shoulder pain but I have a had a steroid injection and am going to try a core class and some light resistance work next week.


Quebec training week 4.

A full this week with a lot of calendar items whoever said you have plenty time when you retire need to withdraw that statement.

A good week where the mileage target was met again and all the run objectives were met.

Run 4 runs totalling 26 miles with 1700 feet of climbing.  I have introduced 400’s into my training and can feel myself getting faster after only 4 weeks.


Bike.  Two rides one with Talking Tandems totalling 46 miles and 2000ft of climbing.

I also did 1 pilates and 1 yoga class with 1 core gym class.


Quebec training week 3.

If you have read my previous post about how I plan my week you will have seen that I plan for the best, accept that shit happens and train the best I can.

This was one of those weeks.  I made the totals for my run though which was the important thing and got my two most important sessions in so, as far as I am concerned it was a successful week.

Run 22 miles, 4 runs with 1112 feet of climb.  Including a speed session and a long run.

Bike 31 miles with 2231 feet of climb.  Two yoga classes 2 core sessions and home weights and stretches.

Quebec training week 1.

The first week of full marathon training is done and dusted!

I am following a programme of my own designed to fit in with my life and my schedule.  The problem with a lot of web or written schedules is they take no account of “real” life problems and leave the runner stressing out about missed runs or lack of progress.

Tip No 1 include cross training.

Week 1:

Cross training: Hiked up a munro.  Nine miles and 3100 feet great day and good way to relax.  Biked the Applecross circuit 44 miles and 4500 feet of climbing.  One yoga session and one core session.

Running:  Four runs total of 20.3 miles 1,204 feet in 3h 19m.

One interval run one park run(24:16) and 2 easy runs.

I shall be building over 3 weeks and having a shorter week every 4th week.

Pre Quebec training week 3

Another good week, I even managed to fit in a local short race.  Plan for the week was once more 15 miles running, 50 on the bike, 2 yoga and 1 pilates class.


Actual training was 14.6 miles running with 830 feet of climbing.  The runs included 1 race 1 400m interval sessions and 1 easy run all in great weather.

Cycling total was 51.5 miles with 3100 feet of climb once more in great weather.

The yoga and pilates classes were all good some new poses in the yoga and a stand in tutor in the pilates its good to have a change as all the teachers have different ideas.


Next week is my last week of “prep” training.

Pre Quebec training week 2

Week 2 May 7th to 13th.

Plan for week was 4 runs totalling 15 miles, 2 yoga sessions, 1 pilates session and 50+miles on the bike.

The weather during the week was about the best this year so far which meant that I was out on the bike more than planned.

The runs were 2 easy runs, 1 at Z3-Z5 and hill reps on a long shallow hill.  I normally really like running hills but found the session to be hard work, possibly because I have let this particular session disappear from my schedule.  No more!

Totals for the week:

Runs 15.2 miles 1000 ft of climb.

Bike 126 miles with 4100 ft of climb.

2 yoga and 1 pilates class.


A very good week.