Long run route and Decisions Decisions

Shhh… don’t tell anyone, but I skived off of my kettlebell workout last night.  By the time I’d settled down after work and had my dinner it seemed like the last thing I wanted to do. 

I was busy backing up my decision with the fact that doing kettlebell will make me sore 2 days later (Saturday, the day of my long run)… so best not to do it.  😉

Rowardennan – Beinglas

Anyway, in preparation of my long run on Saturday, I’ve got a route map together again and am looking forward to it.  It’ll be my third long run of my Wniter Ultra Run Challenge and I’ll start from Rowardennan and see how far I get.

I will drive to Rowardennan very early then run up the West Highland Way for maybe 2 – 2.5 hours… and run back.  I’m not setting a distance on it as I don’t know how rough the terrain would be and I’d rather run for a set time and see how far I get.  Once again it will be an out and back run so I can get back to where my car is parked at Rowardennan.

I’ve run and cycled (and driven) up the East side of Loch Lomond so it will be interesting to run up the West side of it.

I might get to Bein Glas (13.7 miles), or beyond or I might not.  One good thing is that the weather looks to be ok.  I think there’s going to be rain overnight and perhaps rain in the early afternoon, but I should be finished by then.  Apart from that it looks to be about 11’C and clear.

Oh and I’m taking the ‘high road’ as I’ve been informed it’s the route that the Highland Fling takes…. phew!  I didn’t fancy trying to run along the ‘low road’ after reading things like: 

It is hard going in places; sometimes steep above the loch and sometimes scrambling among boulders and crags on the shoreline. The lower route is not recommended especially if carrying large rucksacks. Good footwear is essentail for this lower section.

Here is more information on the route I’m doing from walkhighlands.co.uk:

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/rowardennan-inverarnan.shtml

Decisions decisions

This weekend I will decide if I want to enter the Highland Fling in April 2012, or not.  I have a few things to consider. Questions I have for myself include, can I handle the:

  • Off road / trail running?
  • 53 mile distance?
  • 53 mile off road distance? 😉
  • Training I’ll need to do for a run of that kind / distance?

Training is what you make it.  I’ll be deciding on my training based on my experiences and having talked to other people tackling distances like that. 

I think I’m under the impression that sometimes when training for distances like this, less is sometimes more.  Run further on your long runs, but perhaps run less times a week?  And make sure you get enough time to recover.  I think my idea of walking 1 weekend, and running long the next should be ok.  And am even thinking of just running long on the West Highland Way every 4th week (running long elsewhere closer to home on the 2nd week of each training cycle.)

The question I have for myself is, can I, and do I want to spend 4-6 hours running / training / travelling on a Saturday morning for the next few months up to April?

Part of me thinks… just enter it, you’ll be able to do it.  What are you waiting for!?  Stop going on about it and just enter it!  But I did that for the Clyde Stride in July 2010, overdid the training and dive bombed right into an injury.

In the back of my mind I’m pretty sure I could do it, and I’m pretty sure it’s the sort of challenge I need (having run a 10k and half marathon one after the other, 3 marathon distances and a 31 miler)… I just don’t think road running / racing will cut it anymore.  Sure it can be a part of my life, but I’m almost thinking I need something else to challenge me.  Something where I’m not 100% sure I’ll be able to do it.

We’ll see what happens tomorrow!

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