I ran 27 miles today. Which is slightly silly considering I have a 44 mile ultra in a week. But there were 2 very important reasons, and they are these:
1. I was speaking to the owner of a camera shop last month who mentioned in passing that he’s done a 100 mile+ cycle ride every month for the last 10 years. As you do. And that gave me an idea… I wondered how many months I could go running at least one run of marathon distance or longer. I already had a 30 miler planned in January, and figured I could get one in during February without too much issue.
2. I started Run Until You Drop (1 mile on Feb 1st, 2 miles on Feb 2nd etc) and got to Day 13. I stopped due to logistical issues (read: to not be divorced), and haven’t managed any of the days. Today is the 27th Feb, so I thought I might as well get one more red square on the FetchEveryone challenge page and 27 more points to my score.
So I did. And I took my camera. I’m not going to do a big long post about every detail of the run, just a few bullet points, more for my reference:
- Tried to run with HR below 143 from the start but it wouldn’t stay that low, so I just dumped the alert up to 155bpm. That was fine for about 20 miles, then I slipped it up to 165 just to stop it annoying me during the uphill at the end. Average HR was 149 for 27 miles.
- This was the first run with the Inov8 Race Ultra 10 pack. I took the WG3 camera in the top pocket, phone, money, keys, waterproof jacket, compass, first aid kit, headtorch, batteries, 2 soft-flasks with 1 litre of water combined, 2 flapjacks, 2 gels and probably some other stuff I’ve forgotten. This was supposed to be a test run with the pack so I took what I’m intending to take for the Green Man Ultra next weekend.
- The soft-flasks actually work quite well. You need to shove them into the pack when you fill them up (I filled up twice, so that’s 3 litres over the whole run as I started with a litre when I left), but my “checkpoint” stops for refilling at the beach water taps were about 1-2 minutes tops.
- The end was really hard – all uphill and I got pretty slow. Having said that, I was aiming for a 10:00-10:30/mile pace for the run, and finishing in 09:30/mile. The terrain isn’t the same, but that’s a 7 hour pace for the Green Man, which is two hours ahead of my “A” target time. So I don’t mind to much that it hurt, but I’m not sure how it’s going to feel next weekend running at 10:00-12:00 pace for bits of it as I haven’t done much.
That’s about it. Here are some pretty photos, complete with sarcastic captions. Hoorah!