Marathon Training Week 15/20: The Longest Run

It’s a new week! Photo c/o of Tribe
A hectic week while I packed up and moved to a new abode, but I managed to fit all my training runs in as well as get involved with a new running community in London – Tribe! I’ll be honest and say that the post-run porridge at 26 Grains, Covent Garden was the main reason I signed up for the Tribe run, but it was lovely to run around Regents Park and up Primrose Hill again with some really inspiring runners with lots of stories to tell, and it felt like Summer had returned as the sun shone all weekend! Here’s how the rest of Week 15 looked:
Monday 
Slightly tender after 20 miles on Sunday, I stretched it out at my usual Reformer Pilates class at Absolute Studios, Parsons Green, before taking the evening off and becoming the best of friends with my foam roller. 
 
Tuesday 
TRX Tuesday at Transition Zone with Mike pre-work and stretching it all out again post-work with Yoga Flow at Evolve, South Kensington.

Wednesday 
My first ClassPass fail – I woke up super early with the plan to run to Core Collective for the Power Yoga class with Emily, but realised it was still dark at 6am! I’m a little apprehensive running alone and in the dark, so went back to bed for an extra hour! Tried to make up for it in the evening with a nice stretch out run with Fulham RC and although it was cold, wet and got darker as we ran, it was good to be running with friends again and bag 10k with a new route.

Thursday
Another Reformer Pilates class at Bootcamp Pilates followed by PiYo in the evening – Tanya threw in some new tracks and moves keeping us on our toes!

Friday
Interval training – 4x1200m – I had a look back at what was on the Monday night schedule at Fulham RC and copied their workout, with just 60 seconds recovery between each rep, tough. I finished the week with Chillout Yoga at Slice Studios, Parsons Green. 
Saturday
10k run with Tribe – we met at 10am at 26 Grains, Covent Garden – a pop-up turned permanent cafe serving delicious and wholesome grain-based dishes like sweet and savoury porridge – for a morning run to Regents Park and up to Primrose Hill and back, finishing with tasty porridge from 26 Grains itself. I’ll be back, for both another Tribe run and to try some of 26 Grains savoury delights. 
Post-run and moving house Hot Bikram Yoga at Hot Spot Yoga, Parsons Green. 
Sunday
An early wake-up call for our 22 mile run from Putney Bridge, through the trails of Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, all the way back along the Thames Path to Wandsworth Bridge and back! I was joined by new flatmate and running buddy Sophie as well as a few Fulham RC guys and it was a wonderful morning out, enjoying the sunshine, chatting and getting into a relaxed rhythm with the miles just ticking by. I felt so much better than during my 20 miles last weekend so I’m taking note of pre-run fuel and making sure I nail it come race day. If I can feel like I did on Sunday during 22 miles for 26.2 miles come marathon day, I’ll be happy.
I stretched out my tired legs at the Yoga for Runners class, Triyoga, Chelsea, followed by dinner at Sushi and Sticks, Wimbledon as a treat and to catch up with a beautiful friend. 
So Week 15 was a really good one – a new home, new running routes and new running friends! I’m ready to put all my training to the test at the Ealing Half Marathon on Sunday, let’s hope it lives up to all expectations, it’s been voted the UK’s best half marathon! Bring it on…
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