RTTB Training: Week 2

Firstly, can I say that my maths skills have been tested due to the constant conversion of miles to km’s and vice versa during the last couple of weeks. For as long as I can remember I have measured my runs in km’s and all of a sudden I have to focus on miles to train for RTTB!
Then (I already knew this but for some reason chose to ignore it), I had to focus on how I run, to help me to keep going. I tried to run starting my landing phase with a heel strike; this gave me excruciating shin ache which made it difficult for me to go on. My own personal running technique calls for me to land on the ball of my feet. This seems to be a more comfortable and efficient way, which allows me to run (rather than walk) for longer. I worked this out during my Week 2 Tuesday run; I had a 1 hour lunch break to get to the gym, run, and get back to my desk so I chose a timed run of 40 minutes and included some intervals whilst trying to maintain a steady race day pace.
This is week 2 of training, almost at the half way mark! I’m realising though that a lot of people are signing up for this race distance without much time to train. I’m being told it’s mind over matter, and I think that is true.

My schedule for the week was supposed to look like this:

  • Monday: 6 miles
  • Tuesday: weight training
  • Wednesday: 3 mile tempo
  • Thursday: cross training
  • Friday: 4 miles
  • Saturday: 8 miles
  • Sunday: rest 

Tuesdays run

My actual schedule for the week looked like this:

  • Monday: weight training 
  • Tuesday: 3.52 miles, NTC (teaching)
  • Wednesday: 2km hills/sprints and 15 mins weight training (FRAME Camp)
  • Thursday: NTC (teaching), Circuits (teaching)
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: rest 
  • Sunday: rest 

Coming up in Week 3… (which was actually last week) Erm, last week I completed a lot of eating, drinking, and inactivity in Miami! So now, in Week 4, I have some catching up to do as well as reversing the effects of my vacation!

Elle 😉 x

Previous related posts:

RTTB Training: Week 1
The start of my RTTB journey



  1. Leah
    October 16, 2012 / 14:27

    I'm still running in KMs and a bit worried about RTTB conversion – what if I pass the 5mile marker and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT MEANS?! I'm counting on having my Nike+ app giving me the low-down in kms every 0.25…but that darn app has been known to crap out on me before. The other thing I am thinking of doing is printing out a conversion sheet and somehow attaching it to me, maybe on my wrist…so that if I get really worried about where I am/how far I have to go etc then I can calm myself with knowing what the conversions are. I know people will be like – duh, just times the mile by 1.6…but please, like my brain can do hard math like that?! AND while running? NO WAY JOSE!Kinda glad I am not the only one talking km's here though ;)Good luck, not long until race day now!

    • Danielle Linton
      October 16, 2012 / 14:59

      I'm with you! Don't wanna be doing maths while trying to run! I'd be liable to trip and fall!I hadn't even thought as far ahead as race day but you have made a very good point! I too will be running with the Nike+ app; I will be begging people to cheer me on via facebook etc as the little rounds of applause always make me smile 😉 If you see me on race day (and vice versa) please say hi and give me a push! lol 😉 will be thinking of you! 🙂 xxx

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