Training

8 weeks to get ready for my biggest challenge yet

When I signed up for Rat Race Dirty Weekend, I had at least a 10 months training plan in mind. It was going to be badassly awesome and put into practice all the things I have learnt about running over the past couple of years.

But yeah, sometimes things don’t go to plan.

Fast forward 8 months.

I had just started running again (after injury/surgery-gate), I could just about plod out a 5k and I had 8 weeks to get ready for my biggest challenge to date. For those who don’t know, Dirty Weekend is a 20 mile race with 200 obstacles. One does not simply turn up and complete it.

Kitchen floor tantrums

I’m not going to lie. At the beginning of those 8 weeks I sat on my kitchen floor and cried. Yep, a full grown adult crying (on the floor) about running. It’s not going to make my top ten proud moments of 2017, but it does highlight to me how much I love what I do. (Thanks to Jamie for not laughing at me and coaxing me off the floor).

I was panicking. How the hell was I going to pull this off? I was certain I was going to have to cancel my entry, or at least downgrade to the half option. I was gutted. We have a team of at least 12 folk going and all I could think of was myself on the sidelines again.

So, I sent Steve (the PT and pal) one hell of a long ranting message and crossed my fingers that he would have a plan.

Turns out he totally did. What I’m learning is that just because it’s not your original plan, doesn’t mean that it’s not going to be the right one for you at that moment in time. We’ve built things up slowly and are now going full throttle! 

So the new plan for running Dirty Weekend

  • Run 3 times a week
  • Cycle back and forward to work 2 times a week
  • Strength training 2 times a week

Take last week as an example:

  • Monday: 8 mile run to work
  • Tuesday: Cycle 8 miles to the gym to lift things (go to work) cycle home
  • Wednesday: Dancing at Project Awesome then interval training at Warrior Fit
  • Thursday: Cycle 8 miles to the gym to lift things (go to work) cycle home
  • Friday: Technique session with Steve
  • Saturday:  11 mile run
  • Sunday: Rest

It’s pretty full on, and the long runs will build up over the next couple of weeks from 11 miles, to 15 miles to then 18 miles. After then it’s time for the taper.

I would like to highlight that I am in a pretty lucky position as this time last year I was training for Edinburgh Marathon. So apparently my legs should have some of the distance left in them.

Trust and hard work

So, I’m having to put trust in my body and spend the next 4 weeks focusing on training and recovery.

And once again, running is teaching me life lessons. Just because things haven’t exactly gone to plan, doesn’t mean the world is going to explode and I’ll still (hopefully) smash my end goal.

Currently: Sitting in my jammies drinking chamomile tea
Training today: Rest day – the legs needed it!
Adventure this week: Kicking off some exciting work with Beast Race and Illuminator Run.

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