Training Recap Week 26 – One Week Till Hardmoors White Horse

As I sit here writing this update, Jon Steel has announced (on Facebook) a change to the Hardmoors White Horse half marathon, an additional 1.8 miles and 1000ft climb. Thankfully this turned out to be an April fools, but he had us going for a second.

Anyway, how did my penultimate week of training go? The midweek sessions felt easy, no niggles and I’m settling into a routine now, if anything I may need to up the hill session which I’m sure Jayson will take of…he actually pulled this week back due to my tight calfs so glad they have come good.

The weekend was all about doing a sub 2 hour half marathon on road. I managed this and completed my longest run to date, 14.44 miles. Considering my time of 2 hours and 10 minutes for Brid half marathon two years back, I was happy to knock off 12 minutes and in a training run at that. Must admit my legs were heavy for the last 15 minutes and that is a bit of a worry for next week, which will be at least 30 minutes longer and much harder terrain with far bigger climbs. I will have to pace the race well if I’m to avoid grinding to a halt. But in fairness, I don’t actually know my own limits and not even sure if heavy legs are the norm when you get above 10 or so miles.

Week 26 Training Recap

Monday – Strength and conditioning

Tuesday – Hill reps – 5 miles – Felt great at the end, maybe too great.

Wednesday – Strength and conditioning

Thursday – steady run – 6.88 miles

Friday – Rest day

Saturday – LSR on road fairly flat – 14.44 miles – New 1/2 marathon PB of 1:57:40

Sunday – Recovery run – 4.12 miles

Totals –  = 30.44 miles  = 4hrs 36mins  = 1549ft

My next update will be the White Horse race report. Rather than taper I will just reduce the intensity of my tempo run on Tuesday and role straight into the race. I’ve worked towards this for 6 months, so hope I can allow myself to just relax and enjoy the experience. I couldn’t have hoped to finish back in October and now I am plagued with expectations for time. So I need to remember where it all began and the bigger picture which is the Wainstones full marathon in June…fingers crossed the next time I post will be with a happy report on the race. 🙂

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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.)

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