I seem totally incapable of getting a decent length LSR in , this week- I was out for 2.5 hours today, but only did 10 miles, as it was on tough hilly trails, much of which was unrunnable( fields with no visible path, just cow hoof -sized potholes to fall into ) managed not to damage myself, It's a bit difficult to figure out where best to run, as I'm away on holiday at the moment.
I suspect the "time on feet"/ energy expended weren't that far off the intended levels, but annoting not to get the planned 15miles in.
Will try again later in the week, as I did eventually find a more substantial track to run on, but by then I needed to get back for the F1/ TdF on TV.
3weeks to my next marathon: Managed to run for 2.5 hours today- trails/ fields- no visible path at some points, hilly. I only covered about 10 miles, but good trail training, even if there was a lot of walking.
I don't have clear concept of what sort of terrain I'm running on for my next race- the profile has a couple of short sections at 7%- I've no idea how steep that is- I'm assuming it's probably runnable, but I amy be wrong, -a lot depands on the underfoot conditions, I guess. It's the first running of this race, so although there are photos of the course on the website, I can't really figure it out.
So........no idea of pacing- other than by looking at my HR stats from my last hilly marathon ( a road one, though), and try to do something similar?
Good luck for next week, MG1- hope it cools for you- there's a long ultra this weekend in scotland (great glen)- I'm worried abour casualties if it isn't cooler- the trick I used at Clyde stride 2-3 yr ago ( the 30+ degree day, where a bunch of army guys died of heat- related problems in Wales) worked well- put a water bottle in the freezer for each drop bag, and wrap in bubble wrap/ foil before you leave in your bag- it kept frozen for about 4-5 hours, and kept all my other drop bag food from being "cooked" later in the race.
If you can get a supply of ice cubes to put in your water bottle/ reservoir, and also get ice/ cold water onto a buff and cool youself with it regualrly, it seems to help!
Having said all that.......I dropped out of that race at about 30 miles- ish ( 42 mile race) due to heat related issues. Horrible.
Surely race t shirts are for running in, if technical, and for keeping warm at the start of the next race as a throw- away top if not?
The only "finishers trophy" I've ever worn to work is open- toes sandals to accomodate the big dressings on my poor ex-toenail beds!- Oh- and a big raw weeping sore on my neck from wetsuit chaffing after my one and only triathlon.