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Dragon's Back Training Plan

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Dragon's Back Training Plan


Clare Pearson

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39 Weeks

Plan Description


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This plan is designed specifically for The Dragon's Back, a multi-day adventure race thought to be one of the most challenging races of its kind. It takes place over 6 days is 380km in length and includes 17,400m of climb, taking in some of the beautiful landscape of Wales along with some of its most challenging terrain. Whilst this plan is designed for those who may need to regain some running fitness, some running, racing and navigation experience is assumed. The race itself requires you to have experience of all these elements to complete it.

  • For intermediate runners starting a new season of training or with some running experience

  • Navigational skills are assumed

  • Designed but not exclusively for those who train to Rate of Perceived Exertion

  • Introductory pack included with the plan

  • Longest training session is 9 hours 30 minutes

  • A maximum of 5 running sessions each week and strength sessions suggested on 1-2 days

This is an intermediate to advanced level programme

You need to be an experienced runner to begin this programme; whilst there is a long base period, you really need to have done some running relatively recently. It starts with 4.5 hours of training in the first week and assumes you have a strength and conditioning programme that you follow twice per week.

There are two days off planned each week: Monday and Thursday.

It is based on Rate of Perceived Exertion zones, but can be adapted for those who wish to use a heart rate monitor/power meter.

If you are not sure about training zones and would like to know more before you buy you can check out this blog created by John: What does a heart rate monitor tell you?

  • Weeks 1- 19 work on endurance as well as up-hill running strength.

  • Weeks 20 - 37 work on up hill endurance and give suggestions of how you can familiarise yourself with the demands of the race and its terrain.

  • The taper starts at week 37.

It is based on 3 week cycles (2 weeks hard and one week easy).

Additional add on consultations may be purchased as 1 hour consultations.

If you are interested in this programme but not sure if it is the right one for you please don’t hesitate to contact me at

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x3
04:39:00 09:30:00
Day Off x2
—— ——
Strength x1
01:12:00 01:00:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
04:39:00 09:30:00
Day Off
—— ——
01:12:00 01:00:00

Training Load By Week

Clare Pearson

Endurance Bike and Run
Clare is a Level 2 TrainingPeaks running coach with relevant UKA qualifications and a Certified Stryd Coach. She specialises in trail running and ultra distance. Off road running is becoming a popular sport for all people of various fitness levels. Clare loves to work with people to help them succeed at their own goals; whether that's a personal best, a completion or a podium. Clare will work with you to plan training round life commitments and help you get the most out of the time you have.

  • This plan includes a Free Basic TrainingPeaks Account.
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  • Track your performance with robust data tracking and detailed graphs.
  • Plan for your event in the TrainingPeaks calendar.
  • Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
  • Syncs daily with other popular apps like Garmin and MyFitnessPal.

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