Sure it’ll keep me out of trouble

great-south-runI’ve just noticed October will be quite a busy month for me, with four medals being added to my collection by the month’s end.

Dominating it, of course, will be the Great South Run in Portsmouth on the 23rd. It’ll be my first big event since London. Training has been going well for it and I’m looking forward to taking it on.

Before that, however, I’ll have completed a virtual marathon as part of Ben Smith’s  401 Challenge. I’ll have to cover 26.2 miles between Sunday 2nd and Sunday 9th in order to qualify for the bling.

401trans-copyI’ve tentatively split the distance into the following:-

Sunday 2nd – 7 miles
Tuesday 4th – 1.5 miles
Wednesday 6th – 5 miles
Friday 7th – 1.6 miles
Saturday 8th – 3.1 miles
Sunday 9th – 8 miles

The Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday runs aren’t set in stone yet. Two of them will be incorporated into the Ballymena Runners schedule so I’m only estimating the distance covered. I’ll not know until I do the Tuesday run what to pencil in for the other two.

centraA week after that, on Sunday 16th, there’s a 5k event in Antrim which promotes running in pairs so I’ll have to try to persuade someone from my family to take part with me. Hopefully the promise of a medal at the end will be enough to tempt someone.

It’ll mess with my training schedule though. That was my planned nine mile run for Portsmouth so I’ll have to think about some other way of fitting it in. Then again, an easier week before the Great South Run might actually not be a bad thing. My last run before London was only four miles a week earlier and that went well until the cramp kicked in.

longhornI’ve also entered a second virtual run – the Longhorn 26.2 Challenge – which, as the names suggests, challenges me to run 26.2 miles during the month.

I’m not going to cheat and use the 401 Challenge for this – I want to keep them totally separate – but I will use my runs for the remainder of the month (including GSR).

It’ll be a way of motivating me to keep going without overdoing it, I’ll devise a plan which means my last run of the month will bring me up to the required distance.

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