I know I wrote a fairly lengthy race report but I found myself wanting to put it down in writing somewhere. Somewhere where this is a bit more detail and includes a few thoughts I had along the way. I've never done a blog before but thought I'd give it a go; even if you don't find it interesting it will be somewhere I can go to read back on my adventures. Anyway, the link is here if you fancy a read - https://wordpress.com/posts/carterusm69.wordpress.com
Ali - I'm not sure a criminal like yourself should be involved in this thread !! If I were you I would make your dad reimburse you !
Robert - good to hear that you are enjoying training. As well as running at different paces do you do tempo runs, intervals and include some hills ? What about off road as well to mix it up even more so you don't get too bored of running on that tarmac stuff all the time ? For me, marathons take it out of me more than the ultras and takes longer for me to recover. So if I was to do a spring marathon and really got for it it would be towards the end of June before I was fully recovered. Obviously that doesn't give me lots of time to train for and run 2 ultras by the end of the year. Whereas, if I ran an ultra in say March and July I should be recovered by August. The training for those would give me the mileage base for marathon training so I could focus on speedwork. I also need to add into the mix that I will probably be making an honest woman of Mrs C sometime next year. Date to be determined but it can't clash with a race I want to run !!
4 easy miles for me at lunchtime down by the river. It felt a bit hard today with everything creaking and a slight bit of knee pain but nothing to worry about. Last day of work today too so I need to pack my trotters so I can go running when we are down in Cornwall and Devon for the next 2 weeks. So, if I don't get chance, or the WiFi signal, for a while I hope you all have a good couple of weeks with whatever you're up to.
PS - time to man up and just get on with it !! Off to Ellis Island again, such a tough life
Carl - I can think of easier starts to the training campaign but a good session under your belt is always good for motivation. Will you get much running in when you're in Ireland ?
Ali - you will probably find that the Yorkshire marathon is sold out, in fact it was sold out in a number of hours as it's rather popular. Chester is a good option and a 11 week training plan will be fine. You've put the miles in over the last few months so it's not like you're starting right back at the beginning again; my view is that training plans are for people who don't have a decent starting base which you do. So if I were you I would go for it ! No mental fatigue from me at all this time round, not like after Manchester. On the contrary, I am as keen as anything to get back out there and put some big miles in. I can't make my mind up what to do for the rest of this year. I told Mrs C that I wouldn't sun that 60 miler in September but I did say that immediately after the ultra, I told her that I hated it and never again. But apparently, that is quite common with first time ultra runners who quickly decide that they actually enjoyed it and want to do it again. That's where I am but I'm running the wrath of Mrs C if I tell her I'm doing a big one again this year. I'm also thinking about my plans for next year (already !!) and trying to work out if it's best to go for a spring or autumn marathon and still be able to fit in a couple of ultras.
A gentle 4ish miles for me at lunchtime.Thankfully, no knee issues to report. The legs felt really good though and I was going up the inclines rather nicely. All good so far so as long as I take my time I should be fine.