Posted: 18/10/2016 at 08:14
Nick – I can’t help you with XC shoes as I’ve never run a race of that type before. I can only imagine that you will need some trotters with plenty of grip. There are loads to choose from, some that have better grip on rocks, grass, mud etc, it depends on the type of terrain you will be racing on. Manchester is an ideal race to be targeting a PB, it’s as flat as they come.
Ali – glad to see the XC season has started, I imagine you will soon have plenty of mud up in Glasgow !
Carl – you have to start somewhere and, as you say, build up your base again. I have found it as tough mentally as physically as it feels like you really are starting from scratch again and when you know what you have been capable of in the past it can be tough to keep positive. Especially when you are carrying an extra couple of pounds. I thought Brighton had sold out months ago ?
Rob – as you say, this year you have learnt a lot with regards race planning, next year sounds much more sensible. How is the weight management going ?
IBB – I loved the Manchester marathon as well, until they admitted that it was a short course !
An easy week for me last week with just a couple of runs. I had a sore ankle so didn’t think it was worth pushing too hard but that is much better now so this week will be a bigger week. The plan is for a couple of easy runs, some hill repeats (I’ve started at 3 and will try and add 1 on each week) and then a long run at the weekend. Will be heading up in to the peaks somewhere so no doubt it will be rather muddy as we have had plenty of rain already. The healthy eating is still a bit inconsistent, it’s tough when those chocolate digestives keep calling me ! I’m also looking forward to some head torch runs as when the clocks change I will be upping my runs to 5 a week including one evening run in the woods/peaks.