My main target for 2012 is the Lakeland 100 race which starts at 5.30pm on Friday 27th July. This will be the first time I've run this race and while the Lake District is quite familiar the route will be new.
My friend Dave, who lives and works in Keswick, has also entered the race and we have planned to train together on the route. Dave has planned four training runs which will cover the whole route.
These runs are based on being able to get to and from Keswick before and after the run. I'm leaving all the details to Dave!
At this stage I'm not really sure what my target time should be or whether I should even be having a target time! But I like to have something to aim for so I'm going to start with a sub 30hr target and see how things go on the training runs.
The sub 30hr target splits are based on a spreadsheet Dave developed. Dave took the 2010 splits, looking at the top 10 finishers he worked out the average time for each leg, then worked that out as a percentage of the total time.
Then he wrote a formula so that you can put in any finishing time and it will work out the split times. Hope you're following this! Anyway it's an interesting tool to give an idea of what to aim for on each leg.
I'm looking forward to seeing how it translates when I start running the legs in training.
Here is a summary of our planned recce runs and my target times ....