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Rolling Back the Years

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

The last time I knew Scott was 20 years ago. We shared a really damp flat at Aberdeen university. Fast forward a generation and there we are trotting along the West Highland Way on Saturday, rolling back the years, catching up on old times.

Turns out he’s a pretty good runner:O). 2.34 in the London a couple of years ago, won the Highland Fling and his idea of a normal weekend is running the Speyside Way (last Sat/Sun), all 60 odd miles of it.

Rolling back the years with ultra-marathoner Scott Bradley.

Really good to get out of Glasgow, running amid Scotland’s beautiful hill, with the snow down to about 300 metres. See you at Alloa mate.

As far as my running goes, it couldn’t have gone better this week:

  • Monday: eight miles (hill loops) @ 7s. QUALITY.
  • Tuesday: rest.
  • Wednesday: seven miles (flat) @ 7.30s. Steady.
  • Thursday: nine miles (slight inclines) @ 6.40s. Tempo-ish. QUALITY.
  • Friday: rest.
  • Saturday: 18 miles @ 8s with four progressive 7s. QUALITY.
  • Sunday: 5-6 miles @ 8.30s Linn Park hill loops. Recovery.

That’s 48 miles. Plus the all-clear on Saturday morning from Eilidh the physio and I’m a happy camper.

Last thought: heard a great Marathon Talk podcast this week where they chatted through Alberto Salazar’s top ten running tips; the most important one being consistency. So, rather than try and play catch up on my training for London I’ve mapped out a training schedder which sees me train five days per week with two rest days, starting at 48 and peaking at 60. The idea is I do similar sessions at the same times on the same days every week, using Pfitz’s book as a rough guide. Now all I have to do is stay injury-free for 11 weeks and enjoy getting back into my running.

Later.