Training for Edinburgh: Week 1

I caught the running bug at the beginning of 2016 (like so many others!) and have been busily setting myself new targets ever since… I’ve now run a couple of 10K events, four half-marathons (more on these later) and a handful of 5K Park-runs. Despite participating in a quite a few of these organised events, I remain an utter novice when it comes to running. I generally just lace up my shoes and set off down the street, or out into the countryside. I have little experience of training plans or intervals and would love to become better informed about strategies to improve my times.

I signed up for the Edinburgh marathon because it appealed on several levels. Firstly, I love the city itself – and have family there – so it’s an easy enough place to visit. The climate is likely to be marathon-friendly (not too hot!) and best of all, the course appears to be very flat and fast – ideal for a beginner seeking a morale-boosting time! My aim is to complete the race in under 4 hours. This seems achievable in the context of my PB’s on other events, but I’ve no idea whether I can manage my target pace over the much longer distance. Only time will tell!

My training begins with three runs a week: a long run; a mid-length run and a shorter, faster run.

In week 1, my long run was 12km – completed in 1:07:39