Marathon training : almost half way there


Today marks the end of week 12 of training for the Paris Marathon.

For those of you who are new to my blog, I am using the Jeff Galloway training plan which is a 6 month plan. In short, the first 3 months slowly build your base & endurance, the last 3 months keeps your endurance up while adding some speed work.

So here is looking at training, pain/niggles, nutrition & mindset.

Training :

Week 11 :


  • Monday : 8,2 km @ 8,7 kph (5 miles at 11 minutes per mile)
  • Tuesday : off
  • Wednesday : 4K fasting run of 30 minutes (2,5 miles)
  • Thursday : off
  • Friday : 10 km @ 9,3 kph (6,2 miles at 10:45 minutes per mile) + 30 minutes of laps at the pool. I was dead ! It took me 48 hours to recover.
  • Saturday : off
  • Sunday : 10K with the “magic mile” Galloway test to see how fast you run a mile, in order to adjust training based on estimated marathon finishing time. The weather continues to cooperate !




Week 12

  • Monday : off
  • Tuesday : estimated 7 km ??? time because watch wasn’t working (4,3 miles)
  • Wednesday : 3K walk, 15 minutes of ab work + 25 minutes upper body weights at the gym
  • Thursday : 10 km @ 9,3 kph (6,2 miles at 10:45 minutes per mile)
  • Friday : off
  • Saturday : 27,2 km @ 7,8 kph (17 miles slow). Longest distance ever run, for 3 1/2 hours. I ran to the Eiffel tower in back, all along the Seine. Beautiful morning in Paris !
  • Sunday : rest.


Pain or niggles : very minor things

  • Once in a while my right shin tightens. I need to be sure to warm up correctly so that it doesn’t bother me.
  • I have started getting a cramp in my left shin at completely random times, often not even while running. It is always in the same spot, and it is like someone has taken a knife and stabbed me (well, I have never actually been stabbed, so I am imagining what it would be like). It goes away quickly, but I have never had cramping problems before.
  • My knees / joints were stiff towards the end of my long run yesterday.

Fueling / nutrition

While I have been trying to eat well, I find that it is always hard around the holidays… too much sugar, too much champagne. I have been getting my veggies but they don’t offset the sweets. Definitely need to cut back a bit ! It has made me lethargic.


Mindset & motivation

I have been so lucky with the nice weather, that finding the movitation to go out has been easy. I think I have only done one treadmill run in 3 months. December has been the toughest because every morning run was in the dark, and there were hardly any runners out. But I did it.


I think that with day light coming earlier and the fact that people are going to start training for spring races, I won’t be so alone much longer.

Some random thoughts that go through my mind while running


…I hope this great weather continues, especially for marathon day. I don’t want to run 26 miles in the pouring rain.

… Holy crap, I just ran 17 miles.

… will I be able to run another 9 ?

… am I going to last another 12 weeks ?

… at my age, is it really smart to be doing this ?

… yes, some doubts that snuck into my mind after my long run yesterday.


When I reread the above, training sounds easier than it is. I am not one to complain but yes, marathon training is hard. I choose a plan that is not ”in the norm” in France, and I constantly have to explain the run/walk method. I choose to run alone, which is quite solitary, especially for long runs. I have to get up early and run before work. But I am sticking behind my choice 100% because not only is it good for me mentally and physically, but I think that marathon training has been a great example for my girls. You set a goal, you make a plan, you work towards that plan. There will be good days and bad, sometimes it doesn’t always go as you would like, but continually striving to meet the goal, to be a better me, is important.

Thanks to all of you readers, friends & family for the continued encouragement through my blog, in person and on social media. Seeing what other people accomplish, reading the positive reinforcement, seeing the pictures of middle age women like me running… it is all a huge contributor to my determination.


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Comments: 3

  1. Alice December 27, 2015 at 10:15 am Reply

    I wouldn’t worry about your age in doing it!! My mum is 58 and training for her first marathon as well (which we are doing together!) Never too old to run 🙂
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  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother December 27, 2015 at 6:43 pm Reply

    I think it’s great that your training plan is going so well! I totally think marathon training is hard which is why I’ve never tried it. Maybe try icing your shins after each run. Hope to see you at the coffee date this week!
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  3. Darlene December 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Sounds like you are right on track. If I was training for a marathon, I’d do it exactly the same way. We were having great running weather here too but that is about to change I’m afraid.

    Bonne annee!
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