Sunday, 9 January 2011

It Starts Today

Today I've done two things, firstly I’ve gone public, and I’ve told everyone on Facebook I’m going to attempt to run the West Highland Way. Secondly I’m starting this blog. Not sure which is the scariest really. As for the blog I have got no idea what’s going to get written here. It may be a complete load of rubbish that everyone’s going to see but, heyho, I’m doing it anyway and we’ll see what happens.

As for the run, well I’ve got absolutely no idea what I’m doing with regard to training for an event as long as this one. One thing I do know is that it will be more a trial of mental endurance than physical. I know I’m physically fit but am I mentally strong enough? I also know it’s not a short term project. I’m expecting it to be a good couple of years to get from where I am now to being able to do this. That being the case I would say it will either happen in 2013 or maybe more likely 2014.

At my present level I can probably just about manage with some pain to run 20 mile. I think my first aim will be to up my long run mileage so I can run a reasonably comfortable 20 miles. At that point I’ll join in with the West Highland Way racers on their training runs and stretch this a little further.

I’d like to think by the end of the year I’ll get my long run up to around the 30 mile mark.
Looking further out I’m hoping that in year two I’ll be working between the 30-60 mile mark which should then give me a good platform to jump from to reach the goal the following year.


  1. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging and the wonderful world of ultra running. Both have given so much to me and lifted me up when I needed it. You are now part of something truly amazing.

    I wish you every success in both endeavours

    Ali x

  2. Aw thanks Ali. My first comment too. A day of firsts indeed :-)

    Bob x

  3. All the very best of luck Bob, we'll be following your progress :) xx

  4. Welcome to the great world of ultra running and blogging.

    I look forward to following your progress in both!

    I'll add your blog to the whw blog list so others can follow you as well.

    The more people following the harder it will be to back out!!


  5. Thanks Margaret, gonna take more than luck though :)

    Cheers John, looking forward to, erm running into you at some point :-)

  6. Hi..welcome to the club...

    Loonies, nutters and the bewildered need only apply!!!

    Good luck with the training and your racing, all the best.

    Colin K

  7. Thanks Colin. I'm only hoping I'm insane enough to do this as I know it's a prerequisit ;-)