Martins Blog: Week 2 “Waddling all the way to Cork City Marathon 2023”

It’s been a week since the podcast was released and we have got a lovely reaction from the Cork running community, many thanks to those that got in touch with well wishes. It’s really appreciated, and confirms what I already knew, that the Cork running community are a sound bunch.

Listening to the podcast with Ciaran O’Lionaird as I write this, what a talent, an amazing interview and a fascinating guy. Also delighted to hear the ‘Penguins’ finally getting a mention, I think another Penguin AGM is due in Barcelona!!

I put down a good week training this past week, I managed to get out five times, which I was delighted with. I got my weekly mileage up to 26 miles (Strava link below) still not huge by marathon standards but it’s another week ticked off and another building block down on the road to June bank holiday weekend. Nice and slow and steady, no drama and get the miles in, I will work in some speed sessions in the coming weeks, for now, getting out the door consistently is the key.

Some days after work can be tricky. I work shift work from six am to six pm, it can be difficult to get out after work. I often use the well used mantra to go out and do 5 minutes and see how I am, I always end up doing more. Fortunately, with a little extra light in the evening times in the coming weeks it will make things a little easier. I had mentioned in the podcast that one of my fears was picking up niggles or injuries in training, I’m sure I’m not alone in worrying about this. I have never been much of a gym goer but as I get a bit older (hitting the big 40 in April!) I knew this was an area I needed to address.

Having listened to Brian and Damian talk about the Running Buddy app (details below) in an earlier podcast, I decided to sign up. I’m one week in and a few sessions down and I’m very impressed. The app is easy to use and the videos and sessions are all there simply laid out to just follow, it’s interactive and Patrick is a message away and gives regular feedback. I’ll give more updates on this in the weeks ahead but hopefully I will be reaping the benefits of this during my training. My focus for the next few weeks will be on the Mallow 10 mile on the 26th March. Mallow is a race I’ve never run, but it’s always up there with the best 10 milers around. I always find it nice to have something to aim for, and Mallow will be a good test to see where I am fitness wise.

Till next time, be kind to yourselves and happy running!


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