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.
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.
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.
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.
6.05miles in57mins 26secs