So I did some playing around with the blog this week in case you didn’t notice 🙂 I changed the name, I changed the design, I changed the layout. I didn’t change the URL but if I decide I like the changes, I may well do that at some point. Thanks to my Crazy Cat Ladies for letting me bounce names off them endlessly.I’d love any feedback if you have any thoughts.
Anyway! This week, after seven months of running for fun, I sat down and drew up a training plan! Because, people, I’m going to do some racing!
Actually I’m going to race TWICE.
My first race is next weekend. I’m in absolutely no kind of race shape but I’m determined to run it as hard as I can with my current levels of fitness, and be satisfied with effort, no matter the result. The race is called the Marlborough Tiny Temple (it’s the little brother of the Marlborough Temple Trail Half Marathon, for which I’m very definitely not in shape). It’s 5 miles, starting and finishing in our new town of Marlborough. The website is entirely devoid of details of the route – all I know is that finishers will get a medal and a buff. What more does a girl need to know, eh?
My second race is at the end of November and I’m taking this one more seriously. That’s the race I’ve done a training plan for – it’s the ‘Avebury 8-ish’ – so named because it’s somewhere between 8 and 9 miles. It takes place in the nearby village of Avebury with its famous neolithic stone circle. Once again, there’s no info about the trail course – no elevation profile, no route map, just a warning that it’s hilly, it can get very slippy or muddy and it’s likely to be wet and cold. This one doesn’t have a medal but it does give all finishers a locally made ceramic mug, which is genius!
One thing that’s struck me is how flipping cheap these races are. The Avebury trail race is 8 quid, with the option of making a donation to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service. The Marlborough race was 14 quid – basically both well under $20! As such, the Husband has signed up for both races as well.
The other thing that’s interesting is that both races have a minimum age of 14 according to UK Athletics rules. This means the Dude can’t run either (he would have loved the 5-miler). I’m yet to find out how widespread this ruling is – is it all races over a certain distance, is it trail races, is it everything? Not sure yet. But I’m grateful we now have grandparents nearby who are delighted to finally be able to babysit their only grandson!
The training plan I’ve put together is fairly typical – I think I have a decent aerobic base after months of steady running but haven’t done any speedwork or structured hillwork. So each week will include:
- One long run, starting at 9 miles and building up to 12 most weekends.
- One hill session. Hills are not in short supply round here.
- One speed session, which will be run on a tiny country lane. No athletics tracks for miles and miles around here.
- Two easy runs, including parkrun wherever possible. I’m hoping to ‘race’ parkrun once a month and to run the other weeks easily with the Dude.
- Bonus 2-mile family runs two or three times per week at Dude pace.
Hopefully this, combined with cutting back on those delicious British cakes, will get me in decent shape for Avebury, and will put me in good stead for starting a half-marathon training plan in December, with a goal race in February or March.
So that’s the vague plan. I’m really excited to be training again, as opposed to happily ambling! I’m excited to have a goal, and some mini-goals along the way. It’s time to run hard. It won’t be easy, it won’t be pretty but hopefully it’ll be fun!
Now I’ve posted this, I need to get outside and actually run…but it’s raining. Ugh. I’m not used to this weather yet!