This week I have just started planning my race in Llandudno. This mainly involves pacing and nutrition. I now have quite a lot of data from previous races so I am beginning to learn what works for me and what doesn't.
Although I'm always keen to try new things which may work better there is a dilemma. Because my next race is the Commonwealth Championships (which means it's important) do I stick with what works and aim for what I know I can achieve or do I take a risk and try something a bit radical which, if it comes off, could add quite a big distance to my pb.
I know my pb is 238 km and I know I can run further than that. The nutrition aspect seems OK although I am still learning what my body can cope with and what it rejects. This also changes with the length of time I've been running. I have tried something new in every race.
For me it's the pacing where the real choices are - and where the risks are - and the rewards if it comes off.
Recent training has been good and, although I'm quite out of the woods yet, I appear to not have any lingering injuries or pains after the recent 100 miler. Last week included hill reps, a long run, cycling and a fair amount of strength work.
Next week will include two long runs, fartlek, cycling, strength work, plyometrics and, hopefully, a race in the wonderful Washburn Valley.