Marathon/ultra training (26/03/18 – 01/04/18)

Not a bad weeks training this week. Managed to fit in 4 runs and a half decent kettlebell workout. My mileage covered wasn’t huge (46.9 km) but three out of my 4 runs were pretty challenging with lots of hill work, so I guess there was a bit of quality over quantity on show this week.


So I decided to start the week off by giving the aching old knees a break and do some more kettlebell snatches… I managed 396 reps in 30 minutes… I was happy to set another PB but gutted I didn’t make the 400 rep mark. I normally do this workout as a pyramid (1 snatch each arm, then 2, 3 etc etc) and then tally my reps up at the end of the workout, if I knew how close to 400 reps I was I probably could have pushed a bit harder. Oh well I now have aching shoulders to go with my aching knees anyway!


So today was the first of my challenging runs. Although it was only just under 10k it left me with two overriding thoughts from run….

1: can I class this run as a hill session?

2: I wish I lived somewhere flat!

The hill at the halfway point is a killer, it’s only about 600m in distance but climbs a good 100m. If I listened more in school I’m sure I could use Pythagoras’ Theorem to tell you just how steep that hill is… but I didn’t listen so you’ll just have to take my word and my aching legs as witnesses that it’s real steep!


Nice easy 5k tonight to help my legs recover from yesterday’s hilly run.


Another hilly run today around Brynbach lake and the surrounding area. Not as hilly as Tuesdays run but still a bit “undulating”. Pretty good practice for the Brynbach 6 mile race in a few weeks too.


“Don’t think, feel….it is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory!”

Bruce Lee.

So today I stopped concentrating on the finger and went exploring. Armed with a hydration pack filled with tailwind nutrition and a vague idea of what direction I was going I set off. I got lost, then found my way, then got lost again… but thoroughly enjoyed it!

As much as I enjoyed it, it was still a pretty challenging run. The out part of the run was a lot easier than the return leg. I didn’t realise how much of a decline it was when I was running down it but felt it when I was running back up!

I’ve lived in the area all my life but never been to the places I’ve ran today despite them being right on my doorstep. Some real breathtaking views and a lot of history in this area that most people, like myself, are probably not aware of. Definitely be exploring these areas again and next time I will be stopping to take some pictures!

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

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