Pony Express Training, or Keep Smiling and Ditch the Watch!

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…

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The Lady Wimborne Bridge

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An Update…

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.