In this weeks edition of the Guardian's excellent series on running with the Kenyans (read it here) Adharand Finn talks of his adventures of completing a half marathon with 4,000ft of height- the Fluorpsar run, which reminded me its only 2 weeks or so until the Mid Summer Munro, which packs in a weighty 3,000ft of ascent and descent. I did last year in 2:07, I think the course record is around 1:44 which shows how hard it is. It is however the friendliest race I've ever entered. I'm looking forward to it and hope to bring my time down to 2:05 or less.
The last few weeks training have gone well, had a nice 20 mile run on the North Downs Way and managed to fit in some hill training whilst visiting my brother in Plymouth. As part of my run today I did 5 sets of stairs on the outside of the national theatre to help prepare (as much as you can) for the steps of box hill- but in reality I don't think anything can prepare you for those steps, the second time at mile 12.