It's cheating really Kinsey - I did my long run on Wednesday last week, and Tuesday this week, so within 7 days that already made 39 miles before I did anything else. I then decided to run to my parents house on Sunday but massively underestimated the distance - not sure how really, since the direct route along dual carriageways along the docks is about 12 miles, and I was running much more cross country so it shouldn't have been a big surprise - and I nearly missed lunch with all the family! Anyway, that added another 15 miles I wasn't expecting and since I have a limited number of times I can be out running for 3 hours I had to do the next long run on Tuesday despite my legs feeling quite tired by that point!
Camlo - Thank you. I think I'll have to aim for slightly slower - I was thinking 10/10.30 as a reasonable 'running' pace and walking the uphills. It does depend a bit on the terrain and what the weather's been like as it's mostly off road so I guess I might be much slower than that if it's tough going! How's your training going?!
Thank you for all the kind words here and on Facebook. We are now in the waiting phase as my dad needs 4 more scans before they make more decisions - so another couple of weeks. I am a lot calmer than I was!
I now need more running advice! I have stuck to lotte's long run suggestions and have done 14/18/22/14/21/18 over the last 6 weeks, and (fingers firmly crossed) have survived relatively niggle free. I was complaining to my husband last night that my legs felt trashed, and then realised that in the previous 7 days I'd run 61 miles! Now I'm pretty sure that before this month I've never even run 61 miles in a month, let alone a week, so I'm excusing the trashed leg feeling - and assuming that legs just feel tired when they've done lots of running?! I'd sort of like to taper now really, while the going's good, but there's still 3 weeks until the race so I think I'd better keep going!
My question is about pacing this thing. My long runs I've been doing at about 9.45 pace on average (I know that's very slow for some of you!), but I presume I should start the ultra much slower than that to hope I can keep going, but I don't have any idea what I should be aiming for! The last run of my 18 miler yesterday I did at just over 7 minute mile pace - it was ever so slightly downhill and it just felt so good to have a bit of speed again - so as always, I question my ability to pace anything at all. Maybe I've just been being lazy on my long runs and should have been going faster overall, but my main focus has been on getting miles in whilst not getting injured - I most definitely have not followed the rule of increasing mileage by 10% a week!!
Having written that all out, and probably bored most people senseless, I've realised that several of our ultra runners are away anyway and probably won't see it. Ah well!
Hope everyone else is having good Easter holidays. We are loving the sunshine!
That's great Lotte, just what I needed, thank you! My long run is mostly going to be on a Tuesday as I have most of the school day child free so can fit it in with limited effect on everyone else (some effect on work, and general household stuff, but there are always compromises...!), but there are a few weeks when I'm really going to struggle to get out at all. The worst one will be when I'm working 3 days and then husband is working all weekend. I should be able to get out on the Tuesday, and a short one on Sunday if husband gets home for a short while and is feeling very generous, but that might be it. Not great, but it is what it is!
I don't think I can really justify and expensive bag as I'm not sure how much use it will get, but I'll have a look at the decathlon offerings, and may look on eBay, gumtree etc as you never know what people are selling!