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Taper Week

With the bulk of the hard work done and the Macclesfield Half only a few days away, a sensible and decent taper is the order of the day (or week) especially as I have the Congleton Half to run the following week and a dodgy shin to manage.

Thus far training has gone reasonably well with only one training day missed due to man flu and I’m raring to go. Typically, with the increase in training mileage (at least until this week) I have rediscovered my love of eating everything in sight, so it’s a good job that I’ve been training so much or I’d be on some ropey satellite TV show having my stomach stapled and being evacuated from my house by the fire brigade after they’ve had to demolish my front wall! As I write I’m shoving a big chicken sandwich in my face!

Now for the first time in living memory I have used and stuck to a training plan specific to the finish time I’m looking to achieve (Sub 1:40). This weeks schedule is a follows: –

Monday – 4 miles easy (9 min/mile pace)

Tuesday – 1 mile jog warm up followed by 10 x 1 min 30s repeats (7 min/mile pace) with 1 min jog recoveries followed by a 1 mile jog cool down

Wednesday – 3 miles easy recovery run ( 9 min/mile pace)

Thursday – 3 miles brisk (7 min 38s /mile pace)

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 3 mile easy (9 min/mile pace)

Sunday – Race Day 13.1 miles (target sub 1 hour 40 min)

Sunday will be interesting to see how much I can push it as I know the course is quite tough, undulating and hilly.

Here’s to hoping for a PB….lots to do based on my longer training runs but I’m fairly confident that if my shin holds up I might knock a few seconds off my PB of 1.39.57 set in the Potters Arf in 2011.



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