It’s now only three weeks until The Adidas 24Hr Thunder Run (www.tr24.co.uk) so training-wise I had better get my skates on. In fact skates might be a better bet than running shoes given the very few miles i’ve covered in the last few weeks.
The Thunder Run is a 24 hr non-stop relay race where teams of anything from one (solo) to eight will run round a 10k course non stop for 24 hrs. Being one of the teams of eight means i’ll run three 10k loops between noon saturday and noon sunday.
Last year was a blast and we had one team of eight. This year we’ve got three teams of eight and a couple and a single meeting up for what promises to be a great weekend in Catton Park Derbyshire.
No sponsors this year (last year we had gear form adidas and lots of free goodlies like socks and jelly beans) but the scale of the meet and a quorum of 27 chums should make it one to remember.
You can see the route at http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/21150016
But back to the training – my efforts to build up mileage have been, in a word, cr4p. I did two 10k’s last weekend and a 12 miler this weekend with nothing in between so although i’m no professional trainer that cant be a recommended profile. I’m not after speed but I do need endurance and I was pretty pooped after the 12 miler (the last mile has a 300 ft ascent which was more of a shuffle than a jog let alone a run!). The scenery tho at this time of year is a joy and pooped or not it’s a pleasure to chug round the Chilterns with nothing but a stop at the Green Dragon Flaunden to top up on water.
The plan is to do some more mid-week outings with some intervals or something so mix it up and then more, longer, regular slow weekend outings leading up to the Thunder and then on to the Devon coast to coast in September.