On Tuesday night after work I went for an easy 5 mile run. It had to be easy as my calves were burning from Monday night’s fartlek session! I find it amazing how specific running is. Over the past 6 weeks I’ve been tapering towards the Lakeland 100, then running it and for the last few weeks recovering from it so all my runs have been easy.
It’s been a while since I really pushed the pace. You use such different muscles so even though I feel running fit I don’t have the same speed in my legs. Hopefully it will return soon enough.
Anyway last night (Wed) I set off for Rowardennan for a run up and down Ben Lomond. My last run was just before we went to Indonesia and I did a double run. It took me 2.03 for the first loop and 2.00 for the 2nd. I was interested to see how long it would take me now.
I set off fairly steady and realised early on that my legs felt pretty sluggish. I decided to go as comfortably as I could and use this as a base level of where I’m at now. It took 1.20 to the top and another hour to get down so 2.20 for the loop.
The weather was very misty at the top so I didn’t bother with a photo but here is one at the bottom at the end of the run.
I’m planning to run Ben Lomond for the next two weeks so I’m hoping to take off 10mins per week with the aim of being under 2hrs before the Marathon de Ben Nevis.
I’ve worked out my training plan for the four weeks (including this one) in the build up to the race.