Posted: 14/04/2014 at 15:20
I've kept an eye on this thread over the last year or so but not really posted much. At the beginning of 2013 I started training for my first marathon, Manchester. I picked up an ITB issue so spent a lot of last year at the physio, stretching and rollering etc. I was unable to run at Manchester or at Chester later in the year due to the injury. Eventually, I got to the position where I was managing the injury ok so started another training plan in November 2013 with the intention of running at Manchester this year. The winter training went well so I set myself a target of 4:00 with a sneaky eye on 3:45. I ended up finishing in 3:36:41 last week and was chuffed to bits with it.
I live in Sheffield, on the outskirts of the Peak District, so a lot of my running is spent on the fells and moorlands. I did a few short, local fell races last year which I really enjoyed. I also ran the Lake Coniston trail half marathon. This year I have run the Grindleford Gallop which is a 21 mile fell/trail race with about 3000ft of ascent. So, the marathon box has been ticked and I now want to move on to some longer off road stuff. I have entered the Long Tour of Bradwell which is a 50km race in the Peak District (Bradwell, The Hope Valley, Kinder Scout, Edale) with about 7000ft of ascent.
I'm starting to put together a training plan for for this race which is in August but I could do with a bit of help and advice from you guys. I'm spending the rest of April building back up slowly following the marathon and from May I am going to start my training in earnest. I believe on of the most important sessions, if not the most, is the back to back runs. A couple of questions I have are:
At what stage of my 14 week plan should I introduce the back to back runs ?
Due to other commitments, I think I am going to have to do the first (and shorter run) on a Friday with the second (and longer run) on the Saturday. Does it make any difference in which order I do the back to back runs, shorter run followed by the longer run or vice versa ?