For most marathon runners Sunday is long run day and today was the usual 18 mile for me. This will be my standard long run distance for the next while and I’ll rarely do less than this unless I have an event the following weekend.
I have a set route through the Phoenix Park which is about 75% trails and the rest on tarmac paths. Trails provide for a more dynamic training session especially when it’s been raining and the trails are soft and sloppy. It takes longer to get around but you get much stronger by virtue os the fact you need to continually correct your body position as you run.
Power is also taken out of the legs in the soft ground which makes the run harder and more beneficial. I felt a bit sluggish towards the end but better than I did the week earlier so all going in the right direction.
“The Race” is coming up soon, 260km course in Donegal 1st and 2nd March. I’m very hopeful of not having to go beyond midnight on 1st. All my training currently is in preparation for this event.
Here’s the course…
Stage1 – Run (22km) Gartan Adventure Center to Lough Swilly
Stage 2 – Kayak (15km) Ramelton to Rathmullen
Stage 3 – Cycle (100km) Rathmullen to Mt Muckish
Stage 4 – Run/Walk/Scramble (5km) 500 vertical metres gained up and down Muckish
Stage 5 – Cycle (75km) Mt Muckish to Glenveigh National Park
Stage 6 – Run (43km) to Gartan Adventure Centre, a marathon along the paths and trails of Glenveigh