With less than 4 weeks to go to the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, Rachel and Isabel Brown are feeling excited and although both ladies have been extremely busy with college exams, they are happy to be on the home stretch and are looking forward to easing back on training in the coming weeks.
Isabel got two long runs in last week, one on her own when she covered 8km in 51 minutes and another with her mum, Rachel, covering almost 9km in 54 minutes.
Having increased the distance, Isabel started to feel a few niggles. “My right foot was numb for most of the long run, mum was feeling it too so we did what we do best and started chatting. I got distracted and forgot about my poor legs!” said the 20 year old who admitted she could have kept going further than 8.7km.
Aside from that, she struggled with motivation to run alone as she had been putting in long hours of study. Tempted to ditch the training, Isabel knew the fresh air would do her good so she ran 8km on Sunday. “I felt very proud of myself for fitting it in and not taking the easy option of staying home”.
The duo also ran together again at the weekend when they took part in a 5km run in Marlay Park alongside 13 year old Millie.
For mum Rachel it has also been a hectic couple of weeks completing her college practical exams (she is studying Personal Training & Pilates at UCD). Although very determined, it has been hard to fit it all in for the busy mum of five who also had three big assignments to complete before the final exams.
Rachel has gradually been building up her running intervals and is going from strength to strength increasing her distance to almost 9km on the session with Isabel and running a full 5km on her own. Admittedly she did feel the pain in her muscles afterwards but has decided that interval running is the most sensible approach going forward. So, Rachel generally runs for 5 minute blocks with 1 minute of walking in-between. The walking gives her a chance to realign and start again and ensures she is preventing injury.
All going well, she hopes to reduce the time spent walking and is aiming to finish the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in approximately 1 hour.
Cardio fitness isn’t a problem for Rachel and she certainly has no problem with endurance. She along with her husband Simon and two sons, 18 year old Robert and 16 year old Ben, took part in a 160km cycle from Dublin to Kinnegad with their club The Willow Wheelers to raise funds for water, health and education projects in Kenya.
Rachel said she felt great afterwards! So with over 3 weeks left to the big event she is feeling pretty confident and knows that the training will have paid off. In saying that, with everything that has been going on she knows that she is slightly sleep deprived and is looking forward to getting better rest in the lead up to June 5th.
“Being so busy, my body isn’t bouncing back as quickly as it should but hopefully I will have time to recover and sleep more over the next few weeks, besides that I am feeling great and making the most of the good weather”.
Over the next couple of weeks both ladies will try to get a few more training runs in and will do one practice run of the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon course so they are fully prepared. The Bank Holiday Weekend is set to be a family affair for the Browns as June 5th is Millie’s 14th birthday and along with their goal of completing the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, Rachel and Isabel will also be celebrating the end of exams and college and looking forward to summer.