Stamford Valentine’s 30K

This was the third consecutive year we’d ran this as it now forms part of Jo’s tried & tested London Marathon build up. Having won it two years ago & coming 2nd last year I was keen on putting in a decent showing again this year. In reality the competition looked far tougher with Aaron Scott (last year’s winner in a new course record) & Neil Renault both racing. However this was the first year I’d been properly fit for the race & could therefore aim for a big course best at least. Continue reading

Easy week

Everything is relative, & after last week which was definitely a highlight in terms of quality of training this week definitely counts as easy! The plan was to freshen up a bit for Stamford 30K on Sunday & be able to take it out hard with Neil & anybody else who turns up to race!

Mon 9/2 pm 9.7M Relaxed. Felt surprisingly good tonight & dropped onto a reasonable pace quite easily. Kept everything in check though! Continue reading

Marathon training ‘proper’ begins

Coming off a good January with consistent training I started the week feeling good, happy to be making good progress & in the knowledge that Sunday’s time wasn’t a reflection on the shape I’m in.

As I’m now used to the loading, this week sees the intensity & frequency of sessions & quality runs picking up so the key is managing that & continuing the progress towards The Hague & London. Continue reading

Making progress

I was pleased to come off another big week with some quality & feel ready for another week’s hard graft. Getting used to the load of marathon training & gradually managing to introduce some more quality work. I’ll be glad to have a race at the end of the week to break things up a bit!

Mon 26/1 am 4.1M Easy, pm 9.2M Relaxed inc strides. Didn’t feel too bad today, kept the effort nice & easy with tomorrow night’s session in mind.

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