So today I decided to start blogging as I take the long and lonely path to my 2010 Autumnal marathon... following the Hilly 100 relay event in the scorching sun last week-end, where I struggled to get another good chunk off my PB following some good PBs the following two week-ends... I realised the elements were in control, not me. But this is not something I can risk on Snowdon in October, I want to be ready for all the hills, I need leg strength and iron willpower.. and it starts with hilly long runs. OK so I have tried to build hills into my long runs... but I'm talking about HILLS. So I decided to do some training over in Clent, near Halesowen...whilst Pete did a nearby 10km.... did I regret not doing the 10km? A little, as a race-obsessional, but I was very happy to let my recent times sit where they are... and although as we drove round the course, the hills did look like good training on a 10km race... I wanted to get some mileage as well, so decided on a double...possible triple loop up to the Clent Hills whilst Pete did his 'thang'. I managed 2 1/2 times.... so around 13 miles which didnt quite get me up to the desired 35 mile week... having done a lot of quality sessions I need to now build up mileage with some more quality hills in the long runs.