Consecutive Long Runs: 27 Miles in 17 hours

I’ve been reading quite a bit about ultra running recently.  What started a few months ago as a mad plan to take part in Endure 24 has now turned into an even madder realisation that (a) I like running, (b) I like running a long way and (c) maybe…  just maybe… with lots of consistent training I could plan to do more than one ultra event.

My wife laughs at me now – I’m occasionally sitting around the house or in bed reading a book on running, and she tells me that I have to actually run in order to get better at it, not just read about it!  Crazy nonsense 🙂

On route to the start of Day 1

On route to the start of Day 1

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My First “Ultra” Run

Ibsley Bridge

If the definition of an Ultrarun is more than 26.2 miles, then yesterday I did my first!  It was a training run from my home to my mum’s house, a total distance of 26.8 miles with at least 80% off-road, and considering my recent running totals (I only did 39 miles running in the whole of July), I’m very pleased with the distance and how it went.

I’ll talk a bit about the run itself, then look at a few conclusions I’ve come to (feel free to jump down if you don’t want all the waffle). Continue reading →