Ultra/marathon training 15/03/18 – 25/03/18 recap

So after a few weeks of weather interrupted training it was nice to get a few runs in this week. I managed to clock up 51.6 km over 5 runs, still slightly behind where I’d like to be in this stage of my training, but not that bad overall.


So managed a longish run today after work. 17 km along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. I was planning on running a bit slower and slightly further. I always go off too fast then struggle towards the tail end of my runs. Even when I feel I’m taking it easy early on, when I look at my watch to see I’m running way faster than I want to be. My mind body connection is about as connected as the north and south poles… it’s only after about a hour when I’m running slower than a tortoise towing a caravan through treacle my mind and body come to the same conclusion….I’m f**ked!! Anyway still nice to get a few miles in!


So Tuesday I didn’t run as far as I was planning, today I ran a bit further by total mistake. I zigged when I should have zagged… my first real night running mishap as I took a wrong turn on the mountain path behind my house. I must have been into my run though as it took me one kilometre to realise I had no idea where I was! Still a nice little 11 km in the bank.


Might not have been the fastest interval session I’ve ever done but running the kilometre loop five time around the beautiful Pwll-y-Wrach (the witches pool for those none Welsh speakers) nature reserve was definitely fun! Running in ankle deep mud doesn’t make for the fastest running in the world. Think my trainers might need a wash mind!


Another few kilometres in the bank today. Went with my other half for a nice leisurely 9km. I’ve ran this run hundreds of times but this was probably the first time I’ve ever ran it in the day! The long uphill stretch can be pretty challenging, it’s not that steep just a long and gradual drag. Nice little run though.


I was thinking about a long run today but my calf has been very tight so decided just to do the same run as yesterday. And the things you see when your running… I managed to find myself face to face with a horse… ok seeing a horse out on your run might not be that strange if you’re running trails or live out in the countryside… but when you’re running through the streets of Nantyglo turn the corner to find some guy riding his horse on the pavement at 9pm at night I was a little taken back! And I thought I was the odd one out running at that time…

Just wanted to finish off with my normal reminder: if you’ve taken the time to read this far please take another few minutes to look at my JustGiving page! Raising awareness and money for the National Autistic Society is the main reason for me doing all this.


Thanks in advance!

Owain Williams – The Valley Runner


Author: valleyrunner1985

South Wales Valley runner, fundraising for the National Autistic Society

2 thoughts on “Ultra/marathon training 15/03/18 – 25/03/18 recap”

  1. Oh! I used to run parts of the Brecon-Monmouth canal. So your post and the maps bring back happy memories of when I was training for my first half marathon many years ago. I worked at Mamhilad Park Estate, so I used to go running from there up as far as Goytre Wharf and back. That canal is a gorgeous running route.

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