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Back to BMF


My marathon training for the Milton Keynes Marathon started today with a rest day. So I went back to British Military Fitness. Not that BMF is a rest, but it is a change and I’ve missed it, having not been for a month. I did sensibly slide down to the mixed beginners and intermediates group for a gentler class for my first day back. I also wanted to have working legs tomorrow.

(Yes I know rest is important during marathon training and I will take my rest days after Janathon.  Fortunately the big marathon miles don’t start until then.)

For earlier Janathons and Juneathons I have logged 3 miles running for BMF classes.  An average based on a few classes when I have worn my garmin and recorded moving time, within the hour class,  of about 30 minutes and total distance of 2.5 to 4 miles.  I recorded my class today and we ‘ran’ (forwards, backwards, side-stepped, dragged each other…) for 20 minutes out of the hour class covering 1.9 miles.  We didn’t stay cold, after the sprinkling of snow, because plenty of the running was at sprint pace and we had lots squats and lunges in between to keep us warm. However my knees did complain so I’d better get my foam roller out.



On another day I might have decided that 2 miles was not enough for my Janathon daily mileage and dashed out for a second run.  Today I was clean and warm and definitely not going out again in the freezing rain.

Janathon day 14.  1 hour BMF (blue/red) class 1.9 miles run and a few too many lunges.

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

6 thoughts on “Back to BMF

  1. I love a training schedule that begins with a rest day!

  2. Didn’t go out again? A sound choice!

  3. Once your big marathon miles start – how many per week is that? I’m training for my first one and run 40-50km a week…

  4. Good luck with your training. I don’t think that I could run every day without a break and squats would really finish me off!

  5. Your two miles was one mile more than mine, today. It all`s good for Janathon.

  6. I love a training plan that starts with a rest day!

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