Training Plans for 2011

This morning I was out and running by 8.15am. I ran with Katrina on one of her loops around Paisley. It was a lovely crisp morning to be out for an early morning run.

I’ve started to think about my training plans for next year. Four years ago when I first heard of the whw race I wasn’t sure how to train for a 95mile race. So I sat down with a piece of paper and wrote down my training plan.

The key part of my plan was to do a long run once a month on the whw route so that I would cover every mile at least twice (and most of the route three times) during the 8 months from Oct 06 to the race in June 07. I also decided to increase the mileage by 5-10 miles each month so I would build up gradually.

Ian B suggested doing a 2 day training run in May which has been such a key part of my preparation both physically and mentally. Running the second day from Bridge of Orchy to Fort William on tired legs having run 42miles the day before is such good preparation for race day.

Over the past four years I have pretty well kept to that plan as you can see ….

Last year I changed things a bit with more races (review of how that went coming soon!) in the first half of the year.

So for next year I’ve decided to go back to what worked really well in 2008 and 2009 – namely monthly long runs on the whw and increasing the distance on those long runs each month. Plus doing the 2 day training run in May.

I’m afraid that means not doing the Cateran trail race which I really enjoyed this year but covering 75miles in two days on the route is for me vital if I want to achieve my gold medal goal of going under 20hrs again.

So here is my plan for my long monthly runs for the first half of 2011 ….

Hopefully there will be a few friends who will join me for some/all of these long runs. I really enjoy running with friends on these training runs as we have plenty of time to plan and chat about all sorts of things while getting in some serious mileage.

I’ve not been on the route since the whw race in June and I’m really looking forward to getting back up there in January.

Once I’ve got these major runs in place I’ll put the rest of my runs into a weekly schedule. The other key part of my training plan is to have an easy/recovery week after my long run on the whw.

I feel optimistic about next year and I’m really looking forward to the training and the actual races. I’m so glad that I did discover the whw race four years ago and look forward to being involved for many years to come.

The entry period for the whw race is now closed and the race committee have decided to offer all those who entered a place as long as they can show they have run the required ultra before the end of April. There are a few people who have been encouraged to plan towards 2012 which seems a sensible idea.
It will be very interesting to see how many of the 229 who have been offered places will actually be the start line on Saturday 18th June at 1am. In the last few years 30% of those who entered didn’t actually start.
Sun 7th Nov Run Details
6.05miles in57mins 26secs
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6 Responses to Training Plans for 2011

  1. Ali says:

    I like your training plan John – it's nice and simple and seems to work for you. I hadn't seen the news that all entrants will be offered a place until I read this – I'd best start work on a training plan for me. I think I will try and do something similar increasing the long runs and getting out on the WHW, but am keen to do the Cateran Trail race again so will probably make that my long run in May.

  2. Richard says:

    Hi John, looks like a good plan you've got. If its ok, I might try and plan a long run or 2 around your long runs for some company? Richard

  3. Richard

    You will be very welcome. Keep in touch and we'll sort out the details nearer the time.

    Can you send me your email address to


  4. Gav says:

    Hey John, was good to hear from you, you seem to be keeping yourself ticking over, difficult at this time of year when motivation is low.

    Def plan to make some of your training runs, working on the 30th Jan, but the next 2 should be doable. Look forward to catching up.

    All the best, Gav

  5. Hopefully I can make most of them.

    For the two-day, I will probably stick to what I did last year. Milngavie to Beinglas on day one (bus back to Glasgow) and then Beinglas to Kingshouse on day two. After doing that I knew I could get to Kingshouse in one piece and wing it for the rest.

    See you soon.

  6. Colin Knox says:

    Hi John.

    Read your training plan for 2011 and fancy coming along for the ride one day or more…..

    Colin K

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