Trail Marathon Wales, let the Training Begin

As you can probably gather from the title I’ve entered Trail Marathon Wales again this year which is held towards the end of June at Coed Y Brennin. Wendy is doing the half again and we’re staying overnight on the Friday and Saturday evenings so we can make the most of the weekend in Snowdonia.

White Coppice, Near Chorley, Lancashire

This past weekend was the first of my planned trail runs which will get gradually longer as the race draws nearer. Happily the weather was fantastic and the first official day of spring was perfect for a run round The Lancashire hills. Setting of around 9am from White Coppice, the run was approximately 14 miles and followed the majority of the Rivington Half Trail Marathon route, with an added climb up the hill behind Rivington School to the Pigeon Tower. It felt good to take it easy and the Lancashire countryside didn’t disappoint with some early blossom on the trees, hares charging across the fields and birds of all shapes and sizes pairing up ready for the warmer months.

Wild Cherry Blossom, Rivington

Arriving back at the car with no injuries and only a few aches this first run went very well, I’ve no doubt they won’t all be this good and I’ll be surprised if I don’t get drenched at least once but it’s only weather and skin is waterproof. Better to train in it than be surprised by it on race day.

Next weekend is a rest week where I’ll either be doing nothing or some cross training (other training activity that isn’t running) which, weather permitting, will probably be a bike ride somewhere.

My training is going to follow the same plan as last year as that level seemed to work for both the Trail Marathon Wales and the Montane Trail 26 Rivington although I’ll be changing the routes of the long runs a little to try and incorporate a few more hills with more rocky trails. I’ve posted my plan at the bottom of this page and I’ll repost it throughout the training with actual runs filled in.

After Trail Marathon Wales in June I’ve only entered one more race this year (so far) but it’s going to be a belter, I’ve entered my first ‘Ultra’ (a race longer than the 26.2 miles of a marathon), The St. Begas Ultra or SBU35, which I’ll be running at the end of August. I’ll write a bit about it and how I intend to train for it in another post but looking at the course it’s going to be brilliant!

Trail Marathon Wales 2015 – Training Plan
Amended 24th March

W/end Miles (km) Activity Route
Mar 8 12 (19.2) Local loop to Hesketh Outmarsh x 2
Mar 15 6 progression 3m local loop x 2 plus .5m cool down
Mar 21 14 (22.4) 14 done, the Rivvy half marathon route plus extra up to the pigeon tower White Coppice to Rivington
Mar 28 Rest or bike
Apr 4 16 (25.6)
Apr 11 8 (12.8) progression
Apr 18 18 (28.8)
Apr 25 Rest or bike
May 2 20 (32)
May 9 10 (16) progression
May 16 22 (35.2)
May 23 Rest or bike
May 30 24 (38.4)
Jun 6 12 (19.2)
Jun 13 8 (12.8)
Jun 20 Race
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