13 Weeks Until the Dublin Marathon

After the whirlwind week in the U.S. last week, this week was pretty low-key, with a focus on getting back to aLondon routine and training for the Dublin marathon in 13 weeks (and the Medoc marathon in just 5 weeks! Did I mention that everyone runs Medoc in “fancy dress” – i.e. a costume- and the theme this year is Gastronomy. I need to figure out our costumes! Any suggestions? I want it to be something that is still easy to run in, particularly as it will be hot there.)

Here’s how training went this past week:

Monday: Rest day from running, lower body Caroline Girvan workout after work + core

Tuesday: 7.4 miles before work with 3 miles of tempo effort in the middle, core after work

Wednesday: Run commute (4.65 miles) plus a social 5k with some people at the office through St. James/Green parks, 7.8 miles total.

Thursday: 6 mile run before work followed by core

Friday: 7 mile run before work with Ruth, followed up by upper body with Caroline Girvan on youtube. I joined a few colleagues to go see the Barbie movie in the evening. It was so great! We all really enjoyed it. Sadly no pictures of our pink outfits!

Saturday: 18.5 mile long run- I started out going west on the canal to Paddington; I continued until I hit about 6 miles and then turned around.

Apparently I was nearly to a park called Wormwood Scrubs, I’ll have to check it out next time. Then I went back to Paddington, got a little lost, and figured out to hook up with Hyde park.

A lap of Hyde park + Kensington Gardens, back on Oxford street to Regent’s park and home for 18.5 miles. It was a long one, all by myself! I listened to a mix of podcasts to start (one about Barbie and one about Scam Influencers!) and then the Taylor Swift ERAS tour setlist to bring it home.

I was pretty tired after the long run so the rest of Saturday was relatively low key, other than a 2 mile walk with the pups. Dustin is still nursing the bum hamstring and building back to running, so he had taken them to the Heath for a good run-about in the morning. Spoiled dogs 🙂

Sunday: I’m planning to run 7 miles, I think Dustin will join me for some of it with Ruth.

Summary: 56 miles of running, 2 days of strength training, attempt at daily core

I recently have been running in the Hoka Mach X and thought I was loving them, but they have a lower heel drop than the New Balance 1080’s. I started to feel some pain in my achilles after the 18.5 miler, so I’m rotating those shoes out for a bit to see if it heals up with my regular shoe. That’s not an injury I want to repeat! I dealt with it in 2020 and it was a doozy.

And just for fun, here’s a weekly picture of Ruth looking regal at Bruce’s doggy daycare!

I’m linking up with Running on the Fly and Confessions of a Mother Runner; check out their blogs to connect with other fitness bloggers for workout ideas and inspiration!

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