Marathon Training – Fortnight 3

Yes, I’m still at it! I promise I’m more surprised than you are. This is weeks five and six of me training for a marathon. Which marathon? I’m not sure yet – I have no idea where we’ll be when I get to that stage. In the meantime, follow along and, if you haven’t seen them yet, check out the previous posts in this series below;

Intro // Weeks 1 & 2 // Weeks 3 & 4

PS. It’s really hard to find photos to fit with these blogs, as it’s clearly not a priority when I’m running, and stock photos are full of preppy, smily people who look perfect, and anyone who has ever run know it’s not like that. So, instead, I will balance out all that healthiness with some pictures of the food we eat (which is why I need to run in the first place!).


Day 1 | 40 minutes
Day 2 | 40 minutes
Day 3 | Rest
Day 4 | 40 minutes | Interval
Day 5 | Rest
Day 6 | 70 minutes
Day 7 |  Rest

Day one saw me question the wisdom of letting a treadmill marathonplan my run for me. It either went so slow I was plodding along turtle style, or so fast I nearly flew off the back of the treadmill into the wall. Neither were particularly helpful in my “incredibly serious” marathon training. No matter, it happened and I lived!

Day two by comparison was positively boring.

Day four was much more interesting. After a ten minute warm up run, I jacked the speed up for 30 seconds before returning to a recovery pace for two minutes. The jacked up speed ranged between 9 and 12.5km/h, and the recovery speed was 5.5 (yes, that’s turtle slow, deal with it!). These kind of runs are so much more interesting than running at the same speed for 40 minutes straight, especially on a treadmill.

Day six happened relatively uneventfully although the last 10 minutes or so were a real mental challenge. During the week I had been stopping every 10 minutes to drink, and during this run I’d only stop every 15 minutes. In a hot, sweaty, stuffy room, that extra 5 minutes takes a lot longer, and kills your soul a little more.


Day 1 | 30 minutes
Day 2 | 30 minutes | Tempo
Day 3 | Rest
Day 4 | 40 minutes | Cross Training
Day 5 | Rest
Day 6 | 80 minutes
Day 7 |  Rest


Yes, that’s a beer with breakfast.

Going back to a 30 minute run on day 1 felt incredibly surreal, and left me with that feeling you get when you leave the house and you’ve left your straighteners on.

I nearly stopped 11 times during the tempo run on day 2. After a lovely, slow warm-up run, I pressed the scary button that took the speed up to 10km/h, which is the speed I’d need to run at to achieve my goal of running a 5k in 30 minutes. For 20 minutes I told myself that I’d only need to run for 1 more minute, and then I could stop. This run was absolutely a battle with the brain, which I won!

I think my new favourite form of cross training is scuba diving, which is what I did on day 4. If you want to know more about that, you can read about it here.


Let’s be honest, I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes marathonto running a marathon – but I know that it’s more than just putting one foot in front of the other a couple hundred thousand times.

This fortnight, I’ve been looking at the speed and pace of my
In my average run, my pace can be anything from 8-7 minutes per kilometre. This is a pretty slow pace, but I’m focussing on increasing distance, instead of speed. I’d love to run at 6min/km consistently, but I haven’t managed that yet – that would mean I could run a 5k in 30 minutes, or a 10k in 1 hour. It’s the dream!

For my long runs, I’m aiming to run at 7.5 min/km. A slower training speed increases your aerobic stamina, which is what you need to run further. Anaerobic running is what gives you stitches – not good! It’s all very scientific and I’d love to get into it, but this post is already way too long. Bottom Line: Slow is Good.


Next fortnight is all about putting the hours in. I guess that I’ll be running between 65 and 70 hours in the next fortnight, culminating in a 18km run that will take me over 2 hours to complete. Ouch. Please send good wishes and chocolate.

Stats // Time Run: 5h 30m // Distance Run: 41 km
 // Total Time Run: 12h 20m // Total Distance Run: 98 km
Highlight // Running at my goal speed (10km/hr) for 20 minutes.
Lowlight // Always feeling like I should be going faster.

  • Run 10k
  • Run 20k
  • Run 21k – a half marathon
  • Run 30k
  • Run 40k
  • Run 42k – a full marathon!


2 thoughts on “Marathon Training – Fortnight 3

  1. Marian Krueger says:

    Congrats on your commitment and dedication to running. There’s no way I could ever do it. Ever! My husband is a marathoner so be careful as it is highly addictive. Soon you’ll be looking for ultra-marathons. 🙂

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