I hate to have to say it, but luck does not come into it.
A solid three to four months preparation, and a very careful fortnight before the race taper.
My last run was on Friday evening, and during the last week, i take total rest.
The weather forecast looks incredibly promising for this year, around 12-14C, cloudy, and remaining dry.
Went to check Bwlch Y Groes last week, and you can certainly tell that this October has been drier than previous years, because that big puddle that covers the path just as your approaching the ascent to the tarmac road, is very dry.
Those of us doing the race for the first or 22nd time, can look forward to what may be the best conditions for many years.
I know that i prefer bad weather, but having a cool day, with no forecast of rain or sunshine, may encourage me to test my stamina.
Its all too worrying, that these Snowdonia Marathons appear to be coming around too quickly, it only seemed like yesterday that we were lining up for last years race.
See you all on Saturday, cannot decide to wear the famous 22yr old vest or my new one, that i wore for the first time with great success at the first Caernarvon Border league race.
Lets just see if the weather forecast is accurate.
Just collected my new Eryri vest from Pen, as this Sunday is the start of Border League season.
The first race is at Caernarvon, taking on the 10k course, so i wanted one of the new style Eryri vests to mark my return to Border League enjoyment.
Only problem with the vests, is that the manufacturers have designed them for children in mind.
I normally take a Large fitting, but i had to get an XXL just to get into the thing.
Last time i attempted the Caernarvon 10k, i broke 37min, i will be happy with a sub 55min, as ive not been training for some time, and its a quick course designed for the speed merchants, which counts me out.
I recon John Wagstaffs triple Welsh 3000s in just a shade under 23hrs is mind blowing, but to be able to physically run the entire Pennine Way, rest a bit,but not much, and then complete the same route again, all under nine days.
Us mere mortals thinking competing in our annual Snowdon 26.2 jaunt is a challenge, but Elite Ultra Distance running takes a special kind of person, one who can withstand extreme fatigue and still continue.