Yeah, OK. I’ve been crap at keeping this up to date. “I know, I’ll write a blog and it’ll be easy to just put some stuff up occasionally and…”… well, I’ve been rubbish!
The last post was 7th July – a week or so after Endure 24, and it’s now almost the end of November. So what have I been up to? Well, I’ll write a few bits below, partly so when I look back at this blog in a few years, when I’m running 100 milers in 16 hours (*hysterical laughter*) I can try and remind myself where I came from… Continue reading
Well, not really, but it makes a better title than “ooh, that smarts a bit”.
So, one week after running 75 miles at Endure 24 I thought I’d better start some marathon training for the Bournemouth & Poole Marathon in October. With all the ultra training I’ve been doing for most of the year, I don’t really have any stamina for speed any more. I can still run at a reasonable pace for a couple of miles but it all goes to pot after that.
I’m not really sure how – as an ultra runner – you train for a marathon. I’ve sort of made up my own plan which is to add more speed endurance work (25-30 minute tempo reps, hill reps and some moderate intervals), shorten some of the longer runs (bring some 12 milers down to, maybe, 8 miles) and speed them up. But I also don’t want to lose the distance, so I want to make sure I get a couple of 20-30 mile runs in each month as a slow pace, just to enjoy myself. Continue reading
I started this blog on 7th August 2013 with this post and the intention of tracking my running progress and thoughts towards the first ultra event I entered – a little 24 hour endurance race called Endure 24. Back in August last year, the furthest I’d ever run was a marathon, which I’d managed 3 times before slowly 3 times in 1999, 2006 and 2011. Since starting this blog, I’ve run at least marathon distance over 10 times, run 4 ultras, covered 56 miles in a training run and just this last weekend covered 75 miles in 24 hours. Not bad for 10 months :)
Endure 24 Flags
I’ve been planning a 12 hour training run for a while, and at the end of last week – with just over 3 weeks to go until Endure 24 – I finally managed to get out and do it.
I spent quite a while beforehand thinking about a route, and settled on a loop that started at Upton Country Park, went up to the Castleman Trailway and followed the path of a disused railway track to Upton, then down and back into the country park and round pretty much the whole perimeter. The loop was 4.3 miles long.
I ran the whole course a week or so beforehand just to check that nothing had changed and all looked good to go, so on Friday of last week I got up at 6am, got myself ready and filled the boot of the car with stuff – mainly food and drink – then set off and parked in the car park of Upton Country Park. At 07:25, I started running…
Right, first off I need to explain what’s going on with the blog. I’ve got a bit behind, and that’s stopped me putting new stuff on because it’s wouldn’t be in chronological order. And then I woke up and realised that it doesn’t bloody matter! So, here’s some new stuff, and I’ll fill in the gaps in what I’ve been up to over the last couple of months as time allows.
But today, here, and now, I shall waffle on about my new Clown/Moon/Spice Girl* shoes (* delete as applicable) – Hoka One One Stinson Trail.
Sporty Spice’s Shoes – Hoka Stinson Trail
This week is my peak week for training for the Pony Express (3/4 May 2014), I’m hoping to get up to 50 miles this week which will be spread over 3 runs. The first 2 (Tuesday and Wednesday) were a back-to-back of just over 10 miles and then a full marathon, and the last will be on Saturday as a run down to the Poole Parkrun, do the race then run home (which adds up to around 13 miles). This post is about my longer run…
Thoughts on the Long Run
As I mentioned above, the latest run was a marathon distance which was intended to be from Broadstone to Ringwood on the Castleman Trailway, then down to Christchurch on the Avon Valley Way, with a final jaunt along to Pokesdown to make up the distance and land me at a train station for the return home. It didn’t work out quite like that though…
The Lady Wimborne Bridge
I started this blog as a diary of my progress towards what was to be my first ultra running event – Endure 24 – in June this year. I’ve been terribly slack recently and haven’t posted anything since the end of February, but I have been doing lots of running!
I’ll write up reports of the more interesting runs I’ve done (primarily to help remind myself what I did when they make a film about just how amazing and epic I am in a few years… pahahaha!). To give a quick idea, since the end of Feburary I’ve:
- Run the Green Man Ultra – this was my first ultra, and I got all the way to the end! (Total about 48 miles due to one or two unintentional diversions). An amazing experience which I’ll write up shortly.
- Had a nose around on the Runners World website a week or so after the GMU and thought it would be a brilliant idea to enter Day 3 of the Jurassic Coast Challenge. So I ran that (3 weeks after the GMU). I knew it was going to be hilly, but bloooooody hell! More on that later.
- Decided to make a Parkrun a bit more like ultra training, so I had a curry, 6 pints and a few vodkas the night before, ran down to the Parkrun with my race pack on, did the run, then ran home. A bit over 13 miles all in. I tried it again the week later without the alcohol and managed to get a Parkrun PB which I’m pleased about.
- Run a few back-to-backs and general longer runs as training for my next ultra – the Pony Express – which is in just over 2 weeks as I write this.
So keep an eye out – I’ll try and get these written within the next week or so.