The Final Weeks of Training
So I signed up for the Kilomathon last year with plenty of time for training. I was regularly running 6-8 miles and around 20 miles a week so I wasn’t worried. Then Xmas comes, and school holidays and little injuries, coughs, colds and winter! Back to trying to run a successful 3 miles per week never mind 20. However things are finally starting to get back on track, slowly chipping away at increasing the mileage.
When I got asked to become an ambassador for the Kilomathon I was thrilled, it’s one of my favourite races and I was unable to take part last year, so when I looked at my time for 2017 I couldn’t believe how well I must have been running back then – 1.07!! Oh dear, average of 8.11 min/mile. Needless to say I’m not quite there just now, the lack of consistent training is showing, however I do run my own running group Edinburgh All Runners and I have a group of them running the 13.1K and 6.55K Kilomathon. This I am excited about as I have helped them train all year, watched them get faster, run further and achieve their goals. Even if we still get annoyed each week when we don’t get the crown on Strava!
However, watching these guys cross the line and for some receive their very first medal for a race, will be the highlight for me this year. Very few have got injured over the winter season, most have taken appropriate advice for recovery and maintenance which has now proven how affective appropriate rest and recovery methods can be for them.
I managed to get some amazing runs in at the Pentlands during January and February during my time testing for my sport science honours degree, with some of the nicest winter weather. Making the most of free time and taking any opportunity to run is key for me, with everyone leading busy lives it can be hard to fit it all in.
We’re all looking forward to Kilomathon, it’s a great route and an amazing finish line, I can’t wait to cross it with a great bunch of people and see them achieve their goals. Hopefully I won’t be too far off my PB and can do the race to the best of my ability but still enjoy it. Perfect training for my Half Marathon in May!