I have been really encouraged by how quickly I have recovered from the Great Glen Ultra. I’ve not written out a training plan for my next ultra but I will soon! Instead I’m taking it a week at a time at the moment and building up to running 4-5 times a week with some variety.
This week went as follows …
Monday – Fartlek session with Kilbarchan
Katrina had volunteered to babysit Noah while Emma & Yonas went out so I picked up Tracey and we headed over to the On-X centre. I didn’t know what the session was and I was quite happy to go with whatever it was.
The session was 1min (30sec recovery) followed by 7 x 4min with 2min recovery with a final 1min to finish. We decided to run around the trim trail behind the centre which I do enjoy.
I set off fairly steady over the 1min and the first 4min. I was quite happy that I felt pretty good so continued to work as hard as I could! Here are my stats …
It was encouraging to see that my final 4min effort was the furthest distance and my HR was consistent throughout the session. So a good effort!
Wednesday – Easy Run at lunchtime
We have access to a swimming pool at the school where I am based so one of my colleagues and I decided to set up a regular swim once a week. This week I was based in another school for a holiday sports club so I decided to run the 1.87miles to the pool. Then have a swim.
We did 3 sets of 10 lengths and then I ran a slightly longer route back to make it up to 6.23 miles for the run.
Thursday – Easy Run before work
We had a two day trip to Blairvadach Outdoor Education Centre so I decided to run before heading off. The 5.30 miles felt hard work but the early morning sunshine really helped.
We had a great two days Kayaking, Gorge Walking, Tree climbing and Sailing.
Saturday – walk with family
I had planned to have a run on Saturday but I was on babysitting duty so the girls could go to the Next sale! Then we were going for a walk up on the Gleniffer Braes so I decided to join them rather than go for a run.
To be honest I also felt a bit weary after the two days away so thought I would be better having another day off.
Sunday – Gleniffer Braes Run
I was up and out by 7.45am for a run up on the Gleniffer Braes. As I set off I realised it’s been a few months since I’ve done this route for various reasons.
I set off feeling quite good so was hopeful of a good run. I wore my heart rate strap and after the first 20mins or so I decided to see if I could keep my heart rate between 135-140.
My legs felt really strong and I was able to run all the hills. My heart rate went over 140 a few times but it felt comfortable.
I ran the 11.86miles in 1:55:07 (average pace 9:42) which is good for me! More importantly it felt really good to be able to run the up hills strongly and run hard on the downhills. So I do feel I have recovered well from the Hardmoors 160 and Great Glen.
I have 7 weeks before the Brecon Beacons 10 peaks on Saturday 10th September so I’m going to be doing some more mountains in preparation. I’m feeling very positive as I build up my training for the race.