As anyone who reads this blog will know, competitive sports has been a big part of my life. After 10 years of cycle racing, I transitioned to running in 2017, but the way we approach training for both sports is similar. Most people will follow what's called a periodised training programme. At a macro level, … Continue reading Finding the flow…..
As some of you know, I'm a member of the McMillan Run Team, which means I get my training plans from them and have access to coach Greg McMillan. Greg's one of the best know running coaches in the world, and I've learned a huge amount from him in the past few months. It's now … Continue reading Getting on with it
It’s now 3 weeks since the marathon. Where did the time go?!? Running this week has felt more normal, indeed my last couple of runs have been at a decent pace with no after effects. I guess my body is pretty much recovered now. Tuesday was my first head-torch run in a couple of years. … Continue reading Getting back into the rhythm…
It’s been a week now since the marathon last Sunday. A time for rest and reflection. I knew that my body would be sore on Monday, the day after the race, but I hadn’t been prepared for quite how sore I would be! I had set the alarm for 6am as I was due to … Continue reading Recovery & reflection
This has been a good training week. Not spectacular, just solid, grinding out the workouts. Hard to believe this is the end of week 14 of my marathon training. It struck me yesterday that today's long run would be the last time I'd do this kind of volume for a while - I'm going to … Continue reading 2 weeks to go
When I decided to enter the Loch Ness Marathon back in May, it seemed such a long way away. I had almost 20 weeks, so much time. Then it was 16 weeks and I was starting the training plan. Now the race is just 3 weeks away. Back in June when I started the plan, … Continue reading Believe
It's been another solid training week. We decided to go to Edinburgh today to take in the Festival, so I switched my weekend sessions and did my long run yesterday, and the easy run today.The plan for my long run was 18-22 miles, and with the marathon only five weeks away now I decided to … Continue reading The perils of pacing….
The alarm violently wakes me from my slumber. It's 4.51am on a damp August morning.Groggily, I reach over and switch the damn thing off - I don't want to wake Joanna. It's still dark outside as I clamber out of bed and make my way through to the spare room, where I've laid out my … Continue reading Learning to embrace the suck
Today marks the end of week 8 of my 16 week marathon plan. How did that happen?!? For a recovery week, it's been surprisingly busy. But before we get to the lowdown on this week's training, I wanted to talk about athletics facilities in my City, or rather the lack of them.I live just outside … Continue reading Half way there
My target race for the second half of the season is the Aviemore half marathon, but along the way i've entered a couple of 10k's, the first of which is my 'home' race, the Perth 10k, this weekend. Training is great, I love the process and feeling the improvement as my body adapts to the … Continue reading It’s race week!