Tuesday: Easy Run

Time: 12.20pm
Route: Pollok Park loop
Run Distance: 6.34miles
Time Run: 50mins 44secs (average pace – 8.01)

Another easy run at lunchtime. I could feel my legs after last night’s Fartlek session but I coped okay with the pace.

I’ve had a quick look at my plans for Sunday’s long training run.

It looks something like this ….

11.15am Speaking at Cathcart Trinity Church, Glasgow
12.30pm Quick dash home to change
1pm Drive to Bridge of Orchy (eat some lunch on the way!)
2.30pm Start running – Caroline Gibson is going to run the first 18 miles to Beinglas Farm with me.
Either Neal will provide transport or Katrina will take me and we’ll meet Caroline at Beinglas where she’ll leave her car.
7pm (approx) arrive at Beinglas. Caroline heads home.
7.10pm run to Rowardennan on my own
10.30pm (approx) arrive at Rowardennan.
Marco said he was keen to run with me from here but I’m not sure if he (I didn’t until I’ve thought about the times) thought it would be as late as this!! Are you still keen Marco??
10.40pm run to Milngavie
4.30am (approx) arrive at Milngavie
Katrina has offered to drop the car at the train station and get the train back to Paisley so I can drive home when I get there!
4.30am Drive Marco home
5.30am Arrive home, shower, and quick sleep before getting up and ready for work!

Sounds a good plan to me??? I don’t know how many other Hardmoors runners will plan to run 60 miles but I want to get a feel of what it’s like to run slower than my whw pace and also to run in the dark for several hours. Time will tell whether it was a good idea or not.

I’m looking forward to the run as for me these training runs are part of the whole experience. I really feel I need a long, long training run with 4 weeks to go before the Hardmoors 110. I’ll then have 4 weeks to recover and be ready for the big one!

I continue to enjoy reading various blogs of ultra runners. One that I follow is an Amercian guy called Anton. He is a very talented and unorthodox ultra runner and has won many of his races. Last weekend he ran the Leadville 100 mile ultra, a race he has won before. This time though he pulled out after 78 miles. His race report was very honest and gives an insight into how he was feeling and what his goals were. If you’ve not seen it I’d recommend a read.

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