I’d decided a while back that even though I might not have needed it exactly, I was going to have two easy weeks leading up to The Grizzly with one blast around Parkrun being the only significant effort in that time.
That’s about it for this phase of training as I plan to ease down a bit now in prep for my first A race of the year – The Grizzly.
After feeling a bit fatigued last week I must say I felt a lot stronger this week and I’ve actually just run my biggest week mileage wise since I started running.
A much needed easy week was supposed to lead up to a race on Sunday but that didn’t happen.
Thank god that’s done with. Another big week of pounding out base building miles and now I’m planning on an easier week in the lead up to Dewsbury 10k.
I put in a hard week this week which included taking a day off on wednesday specifically to get onto the muddy trail to do a challenging 20 miles in prep for the Grizzly in March which is the same distance so I wanted to see where I was at fitness wise as I’ve not done a 20 miler for quite a while.
I agreed to do the Ribble Valley 10k relatively last minute with my friend Simon because he promised it was a flatish PB course and that I’d be able to run it at full throttle.
I do enjoy looking at stats and taking a look back at my running over the course of 2013 gives me a massive sense of satisfaction at what I’ve attempted and achieved through the year and the contrast between the person and runner I was in January 2013 and the one who stood at the start of the final race of the year on the 29th December at the Ribble Valley 10k.
I was shivering so much in the camper van at the 20 mile checkpoint more of my cup of tea went on my feet than in my mouth but on what turned out to be a truly grim day of driving rain, high wind and hail a really challenging and fun ultra was born.