Just six weeks to go until the big day and despite a slight rest from running while on holiday in the North West of Scotland, my 20 mile run yesterday cemented my training schedule was still going to plan.

On Monday I took to Blackford Hill, Edinburgh for hill reps of 400m. After just one I realised how long an interval I’d set myself up for, 400m is quite a distance uphill! I managed 6 averaging 2:20/rep, using the gentle jog down the hill as my recovery.
I wanted to make the most of being back in Edinburgh with my local gym so close by, so in the evening I went along to Bodypump – a 45 minute class of barbell-weighted exercises focusing on lower body, shoulder and chest area.
We spent Tuesday to Saturday on the beautiful Scottish peninsula of Knoydart and I am planning on writing more about our trip very soon. Very little running but over 50 miles of hiking over 3 days, including 3 Munros!

We arrived back in Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon and spent the evening resting up ahead of Sunday’s long run. I ran 20 miles in 2h50, averaging 8:30min/mile, a little slower than planned but I really started to feel the last few days of hill walking in my legs after 16 miles. I ran along the Water of Leith in Edinburgh, all the way from Stockbridge to Balerno and back, and was lucky to be joined by a lovely runner friend of Nige’s for company. Miles completed and after an amazing Sunday lunch at Rollo to re-fuel, I jumped on the train back to London. Week 15 begins…