- Marathon Conditioning: 6 weeks (this should rebuilt some of my aerobic foundation)
- Hill sessions/drills: 4 weeks (built strength)
- Anaerobic (Track): 4 weeks
- Coordination: 4 weeks (built top-end speed, pace judgement and other race specific attributes)
- Freshening-Up: 2 weeks (final touches and rest before Snowdon at the end of the second week)
I'm going to throw races into the Hill, Anaerobic, and Coordination phase when they can serve a purpose (which they can on multiple occasions, I'll talk about this in a more detailed look at how to use the Lydiard phases in hill running).
I imagine taking 1-2 weeks easy jogging and then start building for the cross-country if all goes well.
I will try and cap my workouts at a much lower level than previously envisioned for this year in an attempt to actually reach the startline of most races. I still believe 10-11 hours and about 100 miles is the way to go but I'm more years away from that than I hoped, and must stay patient.
During this time, however, I will trial Arthur Lydiard's suggestion that you can always jog 30-60 minutes every morning at your leisure. I'm curious if, if done right, this really has the injury-preventive effects that he ascribed to it. There's certainly a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest it.
My laser surgeon comes from a triathlon background and regularly prescribes biking to his runners instead of extra mileage running. That's probably one area where myself and this otherwise very knowledgeable professional disagree. It will be a cold day in Hell before you see me training on a bike. It may have worked for a few but who ever saw a Kenyan, an Ethiopian on a bike? Or Lydiard's boys? Or Frank Shorter, Scott Jurek, Alberto Salazar, Steve Prefontaine, Joss Naylor, Kenny Stuart, and the list goes on. If they were ever spotted it must have been for trasnport or because they were crocked.