Grand Slam build up: TP100 – 12 weeks

As the clock ticks over into 12 weeks to go until race 1, TrainAsOne (TAO) continues to plan my training. I’ve learned over the past few years that big mileage weeks don’t agree with me and certainly lacked consistency in my running from 2016-2017. Training with TAO has helped and I’m feeling good but not great about my fitness. Then again, I’m aware that if I felt at peak fitness now I’d be a bit worried about that too!

My first race of 2019 is in 2 weeks from now. The Lenham Cross Winter Marathon, 27.5 miles taking in the North Downs Way and with +4,600 feet will be a good test of my fitness.

Weekly mileage: 32 (5 runs, 4 easy, 1 time trial)

Current priorities:

  • Keep eating sensibly = 5lb lost, eating sensibly and limiting snacks
  • Get some hill training in alongside the flat stuff = some hills in this weekend’s runs

Quote that I’m pondering:

“If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.” – Sun Tzu


Grand Slam build up: TP100 – 13 weeks

This weekend marks 13 weeks until the first race of the Centurion Running 100 mile Grand Slam, the Thames Path 100. I continue to prepare for this challenge – one I don’t underestimate – by following the lead of TrainAsOne, which plans my weekly runs for me. I’m going to attempt to blog more regularly to document my training and Grand Slam attempt/journey, spurred into action by fellow GS wannabe and top man Dan Park.

Current state of mind: Calm combined with occasional concern

Current fitness: Building nicely, feeling in control during runs and that my endurance is improving gradually

Current priorities: Keep eating sensibly, having cut down on treats and junk over the last week, and get some hill training in alongside the flat stuff

Current reading: Holiday and Goggins, to focus on solutions and “callous my mind”