Tuesday thoughts…

Today I’m a little sore, but it’s a good kind of pain.  Sore hamstrings, quads, butt, biceps, shoulders, and oddly in my right calf but not my left. It’s mainly in my legs though.  I went a little lunge and squat tastic yesterday in the gym in the morning, then in Bodypump in the evening.  I know I worked anyway.  

Tuesdays Training

This morning I decided I needed a wee rest, ready for my spin fit session followed by a run tonight.  I’m really looking forward to the run.  I’m going to take it easy and hopefully get to a point where I’m very comfortable just running (cardio wise with my cough).  I’m not going to worry about pace, just do a  7 mile recovery run home from the gym.  It’ll be good to run outside… I haven’t run outside for about 2 weeks now!

I might run back along my route from Queens Park along Paisley Road / Morrison Street as it’s finally open after the fire at the end of last year.  My cough seems to be clearing and I’m nearly over this bug… 90 – 95% I’d say.

I’ll let you know how I get on tonight.

Long Run / WHW / Highland Fling Training

I had planned to run on the West Highland Way this weekend as part of my training for the Highland Fling in 9 weeks time.  I was going to drive to Tyndrum, run South for 2:30 and run back for a 5 hour run.  However, as the week is going on, I’m pretty sure I’m not going to have shaken off this cough, so I thought it might be more sensible to run a shorter run locally and test how I’ll feel running long. 

Then I’ll do more training on the WHW route at the end of March and in April. Here’s what I was thinking (mostly on Saturday mornings, except for on Friday 30th March):

03/03: Long run 3 – 4 hours / 20 – 26 miles locally
10/03: Long walk, WHW or other, 15 -18 miles
17/03: Aberdeen D33: 33 miles (5 hours ish)
24/03: Long walk, WHW or other 15 – 20 miles
30/03: 40 mile run on WHW: From Tyndrum south for 20 miles / 4 hours, just past Inversnaid and back (8 hours)
03/04: For five days: Walk the West Highland Way
07/04: Travel back from Fort William / recover
14/04: 4 hours on WHW: Tyndrum south for 2 hours (to Drovers Inn) and back
21/04: 3 hours on WHW: Drymen to Balmaha and back
28/04: Highland Fling 53 miles.

It means I don’t need to spend time travelling to the WHW this weekend but can still get back into the long run, before the D33 in just over 2 weeks time.  I was going to run 40 miles from Drymen to Tyndrum on the 30th March, but transport means it will probably be an out and back again.  I don’t mind running out and backs, and it’s just more sensible when I’m just one person on my own with one car!

I think I’d like to get to know the last section quite a bit (hence the two runs on it in April), so that on the day, when I’ve been running for 40 miles, I know I have 13 miles or terrain I know pretty well to go (and don’t give up!)

Hope that all makes sense.  Any comments on my training plan are more than welcome. 🙂

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