The first of two interviews with Dave. With the 11th of May looming Dave has recorded an interview introducing himself, the background to 268 miles, training methods and the mental challenge to running this ultra distance.
This part was filmed on Kinder Scout during a training day.
It’s been a few weeks now since my last blog and for any athlete it’s always a good sign that your busy perfecting your craft that your available hours for social media are reduced and your fully committed to the task ahead. In a nutshell that has been me the past 5 weeks: eat, sleep, train repeat.
The program of progressive training that I’ve put together was always intended to really start in earnest post Xmas and it really has been full steam ahead. It began post Xmas with really putting in a 3 week block of high mileage around 90-110 miles each week with a mixture of technical trail and road . The #supertracRC were invaluable especially as the first dusting of winter snow laid here in the uk the grip was second to none and allowed me the confidence to move seamlessly over technical Icey trail. Pre Xmas I’d made #scottrunning aware of my intention to race regular between January and the #Run268 record scheduled 11th May (Edale) and would be mixing up the distances and terrain , including: fell, trail and road. As a result I was lucky enough to be sent a pair of the fabulous #ScottPalani road shoes for training and racing on the Tarmac and these are the only shoe I’d trust for such high road mileage as have an amazing energy return whilst providing the level of stability I require.
Mid January I added a huge slice of diversity into my training by taking a group of 8 novice mountaineers out to Morocco for a guided winter mountaineering trip ( guided by myself as part of the Urban Fitness Company Adventure Series) culminating with a successful summit attempt of Mt Toubkal the highest mountain in N Africa @4167m. This was the second time I’d been at altitude for a short period of time within 10 weeks and feel that the benefits upon my training and performance once back in the uk was invaluable.
The long days in the mountains, hauling heavy kit, at altitude, being self sufficient are key tools that I believe will contribute to the hardened mindset required to run the fastest 268mile Pennine Way in history. I’m guaranteed to find myself staring into a darkened abyss at times during the record attempt but I’ll know and have the self confidence that I’ve faced hard times before, racing, training and in the Parachute Regiment.
With two weeks to go until my first race of the season a 38mile race in Telford along a disused railway line I’m relishing the chance to blow out the racing cobwebs and push my body over an unknown distance as over the years I’ve raced 50mile, 100km, 100mile but never 38miles. I believe I’m somewhere in the 6hr region for this distance and raring to go.
Wow! what a few weeks it’s been. From the very start of the planning process for #Run268 I’ve always recognised the magnitude of the challenge ahead of running the fastest 268 mile Pennine Way ever and believed the challenge as well as the official run 268 movie was deserving of a headline equipment sponsor.
To begin with I sat down and listed the brands that Id had previous experience with over the past 15 years of elite marathon running, crossfit and ultra running. From there the stand out brand for me was Scott as it had a complete product list of footwear and apparel. After a series of emails, discussions over the phone with their head office in Switzerland it became clear that Scott shared the same vision and excitement to be part of #Run268 granting be full sponsorship status for the full process of training, the record attempt and the media side of things after I successfully smash the record in May.
It’s a very proud feeling to be part of a brand such as Scott which brings a real heritage of elite runners and I certainly feel the expectation to be part of this elite group and that’s now reflected in my training which has stepped up a gear.
My first official race as part of #TeamScott In be in mid February 2018.