My next ultra is just over a month away so I have given myself a 6 week plan to prepare for the race.
The Dragon’s Back race is now over 3 months ago and I do feel it has taken me most of that time to recover. Looking back I think the Devil o’ the Highlands probably came a few weeks too early. I enjoyed the race even despite the heat but don’t feel I was able to run my best.
I’m hoping that by the time I get to the start line for the Ochils Ultra (50miles) I will be in better shape and ready to run well.
Here is my training plan …
Last week was week 1 so here is my summary
Monday 19th August – Club Fartlek Session
- 8.21 miles
- 10min (2min recovery)
- 10 x 1min (30sec recovery)
This was my first fartlek session since before the Dragon’s Back in May so I was keen to take it steady.
Here are my stats for the session
I was encouraged that I was able to run further on the 2nd 10min tempo run. It was good to be back as I know these sessions are the ones that will help me get some fitness back.
Wednesday 21st August – Lunchtime Run
- 6.45 miles
- 9:37 pace
I ran my off road Pollok Park loop. It was still quite muddy in places and my legs felt a bit heavy but happy with my run.
Thursday 22nd August – Ben Lomond Run
- 7.62 miles
- 20:38 pace
My first Ben Lomond run since May. When I started running at 3.55pm after work it was quite warm at Rowardennan but the further I climbed the colder and windier it became. The last 1,000ft was tough going. There were times when I had to crawl with hands on the ground to stop being blown over as the wind was so strong.
It took me almost 1:30 to get to the top compared to around 1:15 when I’m going well in better conditions. The descent was even slower than normal taking me 1:07 compared to around 50mins on a good day!
So a tough run but it gave me an idea of where my fitness is at the moment!
Saturday 24th August – Gleniffer Braes Run
- 15.07 miles
- 11:24 pace
Last Friday night I did my 12 mile loop and it was really hard going. This week I ran further and faster so that was encouraging. I spent the whole run listening to a new (to me) podcast called ‘Don’t tell me the score.’ The 3 episodes I listened too were excellent and helped pass the time.
Sunday 25th August – Recovery Run
- 5.29 miles
- 8:58 pace
I wanted to do an easy recovery run before church. I could feel my legs a bit after the day before so I tried to keep it nice and easy and enjoy the run.
Summary of the week