Contrary to various misconceptions, to run faster is not achieved by simply doing the same run every day but by working a little harder every time you go out.

To cross-train, mix things up, shock the body, push the body, relax the body and listen to what it’s telling you are vital.

It’s often the case that doing the same session every day is ‘the quickest way to go slower’.

The Isle of Wight is a very hilly place to say the least and means that the run will constantly be a case of overload/recover. This is pretty tough to do, as it is tricky to establish any sort of rhythm, not to mention the demands on the calves because of the accentuated stretch whilst going uphill. For this reason, we’ll be hitting the hills in training, climbing steps and improving on leg speed.

Whilst it is not our intention to be “going off” a particular time on the challenge, its important in training to be consistant with the recovery intervals between each set of exercises. The aim therefore is to run consistantly, ultimately reduce our recovery time and be able to increase the sets accordingly as we progress.

Its also hugely important to set realistic and fairly frequent goals – for example one of the targets that we have set for ourselves is to complete 3 x 15 mile runs on three consecutive days by 1st May.