– What are your key training sessions in a typical week, and what sort of mileage do you do?
PB: For someone who always bangs on about consistency, I’m consistently inconsistent. My mileage may be as low as 35, but I usually aim for about 65.
I do usually focus on hills more than once a week which probably makes a big difference. Luckily I love hill training and we’ve got a few of them lying about in Exmoor.
VM: I run about 60-90 miles a week. I’ve been a lot more consistent this year and have not worried about hitting numbers, just running as much as I can handle and fit in.
I don’t obsess too much about sessions but I try and do something fast once or twice a week plus a long run. I mix it up a lot.
I’ve been racing a lot for UCL’s cross-country team so that’s been the main source of my speed work: It’s easier to really push yourself in a race, especially with a team counting on you.
This year I put some faster sessions into my long runs, many of which were along the SDW50 course. By this I mean I would run 26miles but have two tempo-ish efforts of 5 miles within that.