Profiling the run

With less than 10 weeks to go, I only have about 6 weeks of proper training left before i need to start tapering down ready for the race. But should i be spending my remaining time just just getting random miles in or should I be hitting the hills.

Well one way to try and make that decision is to produce an altitude profile. I’ve created altitude profiles before for fell races, using the grid lines on ordinance survey maps to produce quide accurate guides to a races ups and down helping be decide when i can run a bit faster and when to hang back.

Its a bit harder for an run like the Himilayan 100 mile race, as getting an accurate map is a bit tricky to say the least. So i spent a few hours today pouring over itineraries, maps and blogs trying to put together as accurate a profile as i could for the 5 days.

altitude profile fro the hiliayan 100 mile stage race

Judging by this pretty crude profile it looks like be thrown in at the deep end when it comes to ascents, will be around 10,000 feet of climbing on the first day alone, day 2 and 3 are long hauls, but the climbing doesn’t look too bad, but it looks like we’ll be finishing on a high with a return to the hills on shorter days 4 and 5. So with that in mind i’m going to split my time between longer runs and hill work with maybe a tough weekend of ┬áback to backs in the lakes getting in some serious hill work.

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