Track sessions midweek
Each mid-week saw sessions on the track, tiredness worked through with the 24hr Worlds in mind, knowing the taper would soon make everything feel better.
We travelled to Jura on the Friday when fellow Team Profeet runner and friend Pip Blackburn met us for the 72km Relay. Pip was fresh from a 2:37 at London Marathon, so had the speed and endurance, and held his own for the ascents with some fine French mountain runners. He kept his end of the bargain and arrived under 3 hours, now it was my turn.
One Swiss team forged ahead in the first half, but it made it all the more fun to chase up and down ski slopes, through rivers and following flags through dense woodland. Pip had brought the Welsh weather with him and there was rain and cloud throughout. Finishing strong and getting there before they had a chance to blow up the gantry felt good: the endurance is there for the World 24hrs.
‘I know I have more potential this year than ever before’
This hasn’t been the standard 24hr preparation, with some of my competitors churning out 150, 200 mile a week, but the chance to prove that you can race well on 60-70 hilly miles and some faster track efforts, is too good to turn down. If marathon time is improved that 24hr potential is increased and I know I have more potential this year than ever before.
Most of the hard work has been done, but now is the time to do a few more hard sessions and make sure this body gets to the start-line feeling like a million Euros. The British Men have a Team Gold to defend and I like standing on small steps after races!