Marathon Training – Fortnight 1

If you’ve only just joined me, go check out the Introduction to this series about me training to run a Marathon. I still haven’t figured out where we will be in 14 weeks time, so still don’t know where I’ll be running the real thing. However, I have been having a great time training on the streets of Chiang Mai. This fortnight has gone by in a blur of running and more running!

Week 1Weather for training for a marathon

Day 1 | 20 minutes
Day 2 | 20 minutes
Day 3 | Hiked up Doi Suthep
Day 4 | My birthday!
Day 5 | 30 minutes

This week is a short week. I was itching to get out and run again, even though there are supposed to be rest days between every running day. The first time I’d run in Thailand was on Day 1 and I was surprised how the humidity affected my ability to breathe. I have to run on pavements with huge kerbs, or on the side of the road; jumping over potholes. People stare at me a lot. I think it’s because it’s rare to see a woman out running – but it could also be that I’m puffy, sweaty and gloriously red!

 Week 2

Day 1 | rest
Day 2 | 25 minutes
Day 3 | 20 minutes
Day 4 | Thai Massage
Day 5 | 20 minutes
Day 6 | 40 minutes
Day 7 | rest

I found I had no motivation to do the 2nd 20 minute run, so D came out with me to give me a bit of support. We had a Thai Massage on Saturday which I think had made me feel a bit weird. All my joints felt like they’d forgotten how to run. On the long run, I really had to push through the last 15 minutes because I haven’t run for that long in ages. My legs and lungs felt fine, but running is such a mind game!

Marathon Training

Here is a nice stock photo of someone running – (not me)!

Next Fortnight

Next fortnight is much the same, with slightly longer runs. So, my standard run is now thirty minutes instead of twenty, and my longest run will be for a full hour! Marathon training is not all about running so I do get a cross training session as well. As a result, I’ll probably end up doing a dance or yoga class wherever we happen to be at the time.

Stats // Total Time Run: 2h 55m // Total Distance Run: 26km
Highlight // Successfully Completing my first run in Thailand.
Lowlight // Having people stare at me. A lot.

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