Tuesday: Easy last run before Friday

Time: 6.35am
Route: Brodie Park
Run Distance: 4.34miles
Time Run: 39mins 39secs (average pace – 9.09)

My last run before Friday’s race. It was an easy steady run and I feel as ready as I can be for Friday. Nothing more to do now but rest and prepare all my food and gear ready for the start at 7pm.

I’ve been looking back over my training diary for the year so far. This year I set myself the target of running 5 ultra races. The Hardmoors on Friday/Saturday will be my fourth. For my training plan I based it on trying to get to the start line for the whw race in June and the Hardmoors in September in the best shape I could.

I used the Highland Fling race in April and the Devil o’ the Highlands race in August as part of the preparation for the whw and Hardmoors respectively.

So here is a graph of my training runs from Jan to the whw race in June

And then my training from the whw race to today.

As you can maybe see from the graphs the cornerstone of my plan is my monthly long training runs on the whw route. From January onwards I aim to have a run on the route over 20miles. The aim is to increase the distance and time on feet each month from Jan – June.

This year has been different in that I have carried on with my training leading up to the Hardmoors. I had a couple of easy weeks after the whw and then I’ve been building up again in preparation for the Hardmoors.

So in summary I have run over 20miles 11 times (all on the whw route) which includes the Highland Fling, whw and Devils races. This also includes my 2day training run in May and my ‘epic’ 60miler in August.

It will be interesting to see whether it will pay off at the weekend. The thing is you only get one chance to get it right. If the 60 miler 4 weeks ago was a bad idea then I’ll have to wait until next year and run a similar training plan without it and see if it makes any difference! But then there will be something else different.

All I can say is that I’m happy with my preparation. I feel I’ve given myself a decent chance of a good run at the Hardmoors. I’m happy with my food and nutrition plan, my support team are ready and willing (thanks again!) so I’m ready to go.

I’ve really enjoyed the training and planning for this one and now comes the icing on the cake …. the race itself.

I now have 23 guesses for my competition. If you want to enter you have until 12noon on Thursday to send in your guess in hrs mins secs.

Finally congratulations to Silke & Thomas on their performances at the Berlin Marathon. Thomas send me a text on Sunday night which said …. ‘Silke managed 1.41. A pb by 20mins. I have a new pb too: 2:46:06 woohoo.’ So congratulations to both of you.

Silke didn’t just scrap under 2hrs she blew it apart! I wonder if her running for the Devils gave her a significant boost in terms of overall fitness? Thomas after a tough summer has come back with a superb performance. 2010 is looking good!

I’ll post something on Thursday including a list of the guesses I have received and will let you know mine!

Remember to check this blog over the weekend for updates on how it’s going. Feel free to leave a comment as Neal & Caroline can pass them on to me at the checkpoints. You can be a virtual supporter! Don’t worry if you haven’t got a blog account. All you need to do is click on the comments, leave a comment and then use the anonymous option but do leave your name so I know it’s you!

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3 Responses to Tuesday: Easy last run before Friday

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hmm been having a look at your blog….s impressed that I have forgotten the time I had decided!! Very best of luck for the weekend and could you do it in 27hrs 50mins and 9 secs please-then I will have won the competition!!! Mary Clare

  2. Stephen says:

    Hi John,

    Just a quick one to say all the best for the weekend, I'm sure you'll do well.

    I reckon you'll get 27.46.23!

    All the best

    Stephen Weston

  3. Anonymous says:

    John All the BEST for the weekend RUN well and remember to smell the flowers sometime no self generated pressure GOOD LUCK from all at Milburn Harriers cheers JIM Robertson

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