My next ultra is now six and a half weeks away so I like to have a training plan to work from. The ultra is the Brecon Brecon 10 peaks (Saturday 10th September) which is one I haven’t done before so I’m really looking forward to it.
I feel in decent shape but I realise I need to do some more specific hill work for this race because, as the name implies, it basically includes climbing 10 peaks. Here is the route and profile ….
So my training plan is as follows …
I like to have a mixture of Fartlek, Tempo, Hill runs as well the longer slower runs as I feel this works well for me.
There are two key runs in the hills which I have planned. The first is this Sunday. This weekend is the Lakeland 50/100 so I’m planning to head down to the Lakes after work on Friday and spend Saturday going for an easy run on the route so I can cheer on the runners.
Then on Sunday my plan is to drive to Ambleside where I will leave my car, catch the 7.20am or 8.20am bus to Keswick then run back to Ambleside following the Lakes in a Day route. I’m doing this race four weeks after the Brecon Beacons so that will give me a great run over Helvellyn and a recce for the race in October so a double whammy!
The second day out in the hills is planned for Saturday 20th August. I was keen to do a few Munros to replicate the climb and descent of the Brecon Beacons route and with the help of my friend Jonny we thought the Arrochar Alps route would be a good one. This is the race route which is held in early July each year.
The winner this year took 3hrs 30mins but I’ll be aiming for a fair bit longer than that!! I have done these Munros before with Katrina but not altogether and not in running gear. Hopefully I will get a good day weather wise but if not then it will be good preparation for the Brecon Beacons as I expect there will be rain at some point in that race!
I might add in an out and back up the Cobbler as well if I feel okay and going well!! If anyone fancies joining me let me know!
I have also planned in a run up and down Ben Lomond once a week for 4 weeks. I’ve not actually been up Ben Lomond this year so I’m looking forward to that. My friend Grant from Kilbarchan is keen to join me so hopefully I’ll have some company for those runs.
I have borrowed some poles so I’m going to take them on these hill runs and then decide whether I want to take them on the Brecon Beacons race.