February is almost over, air temperatures are rising, the birds are singing, spring is around the corner and my whole life seems to be getting busier!
Training has gone fairly well so far in February although I have missed a 50% of my sessions (due to a friends stag do, business travel, freakish weather and general domestic stuff going on) but I am feeling stronger and faster than at anytime in the last 2 years since I took up running! Enough of the excuses here are the numbers for February so far:
16 sessions (6 completed, 8 missed, 2 remaining)
83 miles (projected 100 miles for end of February)
11 hours 45 mins (projected 14 hours 15 mins for end of February)
I have managed at least two 20 mile long runs and 18 miler also. These have really helped with the short distance training (7-10 miles).
Coupled with this my racing schedule has suddenly become more packed with some fun stuff. I have another 2 confirmed races in the schedule (one of which is more a challenge in the Peak District) plus I am still tempted to do a 50+ mile race after the Lakeland event. If I take this race easy then the possibility of doing a longer race in August-October is definitely on the cards, hold on did I say I would take a 50 mile, 3100m ascent/descent race easy!
With only three weeks to go until the Brentwood half marathon and 4 weeks until the Brighton Trail 27 mile race I am feeling confident that I can finish both races really strong. Then I will be looking forward to getting up to the Lake District over the Easter Weekend for a long run to explore this great place and hopefully some of the course I will running during the Lakeland 50.
Last of all I must also mention some great people I have been speaking to over the last weeks and months and you should definitely check out their websites/blogs as they have helped support and inspire me.
Mark Cooper - Is going to run 50 marathons in 56 days across Europe!
Jonathan Hall - Running 5 ultra marathons on 4 continents in 12 months!
Kate Percy - Author of Go Faster Food, nutrition and recipes for runners, triathletes, rowers and swimmers