A great prize & challenge
Cut my runs a bit short this weekend. My calf muscles were feeling really tight and pulling a bit on the achilles. I decided nothing I do this week is going to make me any stronger or faster, but I could do lots of damage, so I pulled up short of the distance and had a stretch session.
This week I'm meant to run 5, 3, 2....race 40!! who ever goes out for a 2mile run??
its Llanelli Born to Run Ultra, Stan. Its on Saturday, and don't worry, I will come and bore everyone with a race report on here, good or bad!!
Did a bit more than 3miles this eve because I took my beginners session. It was great fun though, and they were all so supportive and positive. I really feel good now! Cant say I've suffered taper madness, had a little panic on the weekend, but talked myself down from that easily.
Best bit now is Carbing for 2 days, yum yum! I have a store of fruit bread and cranberry/orange bagels to take to work tomorrow.
Carbing is the best bit of training.... enjoy! You made some flapjack too? Good luck and I look forward to the report
Just a fast/slow 9 miles tonight once I talk myself into it!
Well I did it!! My first ultra, 40 long and some not very pretty miles. It was quite a humbling experience, and over 40 miles I did a lot of soul searching.
By the time the race started, the early morning rain had eased off and it was perfect temperature. The buzz at the race HQ was amazing. Ultra runners are such lovely friendly people, but they all looked so pro with their buffs and back packs, I did feel the poor undertrained relative. My training buddy and I set off at the back of the pack. I was fully expecting to come last in this race. First hiccup occurred at mile 3, when my garmin just decided to switch itself off! The timer continued, but I had now no idea of pace or distance. This threw me a bit, but as there was nothing I could do about it, I resigned myself to having to do mental maths like in the old days!
The first 11 miles were easy chatting pace. And then second disaster struck, my running buddy developed a recurrence of an old foot injury and had to walk for a bit. By mile 13 there was no improvement, and we were starting the 10mile hill. She made me leave her. I felt really really awful at this point. but she insisted. I knew running alone was going to be a lot harder, and there were no runners in my sight.
The 10mile 'incline' is deceptive, I'd run it before in training, and It needs respect. I soon found myself picking off runners as they flagged from their too fast starts. By the first bag/food stop I was still feeling good. But the hill eventually got to me, I kept thinking the turn around point was close, but it just seemed to on forever. I had my first mental battle. I was made worse by the fact all these scary pro looking runners were coming back down the hill!! But to be fair, they all high fived or clapped as they past me. I eventually turned around... (mile 22.5)
I passed my running buddy a mile or so down the hill, she was looking better having dosed up on painkillers. I offered to wait for her, but she refused.
Energy levels dropped around mile 23, and I started to panic a bit as I realised I was meant to be running London in 2 weeks, and I was struggling. The feeling passed.
I overtook 2 more runners on the hill down.
At mile 35 I really did start to struggle, my legs just decided they did not want to work anymore, and I developed a pain in my left hip/ top of IT band. I dropped to a walk, and felt gutted, so close... However, I knew there were lots behind me, and even if I walked in, I could finish this race.
At mile 37 my running buddy caught me up! Why don't you take a pain killer says she? 2 nurofens later I started running, pain gone!! We finished the race running together in just over 8 hours.
I had a few goals for this Ultra. first to finish, second not to be last, and third dream time of 7.30hours. I am secretly disappointed not to have done all three!! but two out of three isn't bad!
Today I feel as if I was beaten up yesterday.. but as the day goes on I am improving. Next stop London!
Wow JenF, you really are a superstar! Eat lots of good food to rebuild and repair you ahead of London!
Brilliant Jen I was wondering how you'd got on!
What a fantastic report Jen. Sounded very painful at points - can't imagine what it was like (not sure I want to either)
But what a performance and what an amazing experience too! Brilliant that you managed to finish with your friend.
Absolutely buzzing for you. Very, very well done.
After this London will be like a walk in the park
Thank you I can report that after a gentle 2 mile walk in the sunshine, a nap, and food, I actually feel fine again. Everything is in working order! I've even started looking for my next challenge..oops!
Fantastic race report jen. The 10 mile hill sounds a nightmare if it was in a ten mile race, let alone a 40 mile one! Its fantastic that you and your friend was able to finish together aswell And your time was amazing, were all proud of you.
What's your plans between now and London?
Morning all! Am feeling good this morning, no major aches at all, so I'm well happy.
Thank you all so much for your lovely comments!
I'm planning on walking with the power walkers in our club this eve Sarah, and running on wednesday, but I'm not really sure what types of sessions to do these next 2 weeks, and do I do a longer run at weekend?
the comments are all well deserved.
Hope you had a good session today with your PT and your walk yesterday went well.
i think youve done enough long runs and dont need to do anymore before London!
Jen, I agree with Sarah no long runs needed. Surely it's all about recovery now? I have no experience in this area but to me this is similar to a marathon taper. Training is all done and you just need to focus on being as fresh as possible for the start line.
So that would mean plenty of rest, good eating and the odd short run to keep the legs ticking over. Speed work is pointless so 30-40 min runs done slowly throwing the odd bit of MP in if you feel you need it. Mainly I'd go with how you feel at this stage instead of following some plan.
Awesome result! Great report, and so proud of you for doing it. I feel ill just thinking about it. no question the miles are banked, time for another taper before London. spoke to Tigger last week- she's very excited!
Been meaning to take a look at your report all week but didn't want to rush it so waited until a really boring afternoon at work! God, I hate days like this - no client meetings and boring accounts!
Anyhow, much happier now. Brilliant report and a truly amazing performance. Fantastic that you running buddy finished with you. It must have been truly emotional to finish.
I still can't quite get my head around running a marathon, then a half marathon and still a little bit left to go all in one hit. 8 hours is a magnificent time.
You may be slightly disappointed not to hit your dream time, but in the brilliant articulation of words that is Meatloaf 'Two out of three aint bad'
Trying the running legs out later
Thanks again for your all your positive comments. I really have valued your support along this Ultra journey. Its a fabulous road...are you sure no one wants to join me..
Really enjoyed my run last night. I took my beginners group, telling them they had to look after me! We did a slow jog warm up, some drills, a few strides and a bit more easy running. My legs felt really good, no niggles at all!! I can hardly believe it!
I'm in Blue start for London Stan, and I'm running with a buddie from RW thead I am SO excited!
love your comment ..'the first one' ... how did you know that i'm already looking at others
Thanks for advice re runs guys, I agree, that although I feel good, my muscles will have sustained lots of little tears, and need to repair. I plan to do an 8-10 mile steady run at weekend, then 2 easy runs in the following week. Think that will do me. I also have a nice sports massage booked
I would really like to attempt an ultra but I'm having difficulty getting chris to let me do another marathon....dont think i stand a chance with an ultra...yet! Fancy hadrian's wall so maybe if you do it next year....gives me a year to work on him!
glad to hear that your legs feel great.
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