Training Recap Week 24 – Crewing For Kim And Purposeful Practice

Well, that was a busy week! From hill sessions, to endurance, LSR, recovery and even crewing the Hardmoors 55.

Shaking off a calf niggle/tightness from last week, my mood was down to say the least. Silly really as the week finished on my longest run to date. But I am constantly plagued by the dark memories of past injury problems.

Tuesday was tough, really tough, I just couldn’t get going and my legs felt like lead weights. Sporadic reminders from my calf didn’t help, making this hill session my worst to date. Still 6.5 miles covered as I put it down to experience. Onto Thursday, a slow endurance run as Nick and I chose a different route from the norm, a little more off the beaten track. This helped my mood and the calf was starting to heal. Good job, as Saturday would be a test.

So, I had the pleasure of crewing for Kim Cavill in the Hardmoors 55 from Helmsley to Guisborough. This is one tough race, with unrelenting climbs spread over 55 miles of the Cleveland Way. The day began at 7.30am and finished around the same time pm. Kim did great, finishing first lady and a new PB of 9 hours. I really enjoyed seeing a race from the outside, the front runners were going so fast for the distance and there were plenty of twists and turns.

At Square Corner, near Osmotherley I took my chance to run 2 hours of the course. This was an experience in itself, as for 12 miles I was congratulated and cheered on as a competitor, after correcting a few marshalls I eventually just accepted the praise and rushed on before they could see I had no number. 🙂 Shameful, I know! This route was hilly, more hilly than the White Horse half marathon I will compete in come April. Averaging 10 minute miles over such terrain, while holding back seemed OK to me. A nice way to end the week.

Week 24 Training Recap

Monday – Strength and conditioning

Tuesday – Hill session – 6.52 miles

Wednesday – Strength and conditioning

Thursday – steady run – 6.5 miles

Friday – Strength and conditioning

Saturday – LSR run along Cleveland Way, very hilly – 12 miles

Sunday – Recovery run – 3.1 miles

Totals –  = 28.12 miles  = 4hrs 32mins  = 3265ft

I am now just three weeks away from my first race, the Hardmoors White Horse half marathon (more like 16 miles.) I feel good, but still have no idea what to expect. I know I can finish but have no idea how well and in what time. It is taking all my strength not to wish for sub 2 hour 30 minutes…I don’t know if this is achievable and would be wise to avoid disappointment. This is a hard course and worlds away from your standard road race. Not to mention, its the first time I’ll run 16 miles.


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Darren Smith

Training with purpose since October 2016 Darren has gone from trailing the pack to winning local races and the times keep on falling. A true believer in hard work over natural talent he writes to help others realise their true potential. Darren's race schedule for 2018 includes the Hardmoors Wainstones marathon (1st place), Keswick Mountain Festival (10th place), Scafell Skyrace and Salomon Ring Of Steall (World Championship race.)

2 thoughts on “Training Recap Week 24 – Crewing For Kim And Purposeful Practice

  • March 23, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Darren, I’m glad the calf issue seems to be less of a problem! Mine seems to have sorted itself out as well. I hope the rest of your training for the Hardmoors Whitehorse Half goes well – looking forward to hearing how it goes!

    • March 23, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks Sophie and yes the calf is getting stronger every day so thumb up. Race day is getting close for us both, can’t wait. 🙂


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