Some warm/hot running over the last few days. Timely for my main prep weekend for next months challenge. Did 18m undulator on Sunday morning, on feet most of rest of day doing a BBQ for family. Then with a heavier pack ran 30m+ of flat/undulating miles yesterday between hours of 10.30 and 4.00 in heat peak (as was a point-to-point home so at mercy of irregular and indirect public transport to get to start).
Got what I wanted from it, legs felt nice and fresh before second run so fitness is quite good, didn't suffer till beyond 20m in second run really. Especially during the second, but both runs in heat and run quite a bit faster than challenge will be due to time constraints. And legs not too bad today, achiest things are shoulders from the pack, but think during yesterdays run I've come up with a few ideas to lighten the load. Silly things I hadn't thought of with initial kitlist like, instead of having a t-shirt/shorts in bag for night, just use a spare pair of running shorts and t-shirt(s) I'd pack anyway. So maybe rather than 3/4 full 20l pack I can try a few things to get away with just a full 12l pack. Doesn't sound much, but over several days I think "marginal gains" will be helpful to maintain physical wellbeing and self-belief.
WiB - Typically, after the talk of the Pyrenean events at least part of me is thinking, could I do that in 2015? Most likely of those events would be Celestrail, well up my list now as well as a few other possibles (CCC, TDS, Lavaredo, Transvulcania). Re. course marking I also found UTMB events to be really good for that too. Events in uk that attempt often seem to fall foul of markers being moved and suchlike.
Hi Roy, good run in conditions like that. If its consolation then on the day you have regular aid stations with water and food so you will have more options to refill bottles and can travel with marginally less weight in pack if happy to use provided food. Also, got to think that chances of it being as hot or hotter are low, more likely to be the other way.
Hi WiB, Great report and effort! Those sound like a cracking series of events and further proof of the rich tapestry of mountain running out there overseas. Sometimes I wish I could split myself in half to do a few more
I see what you mean about thee toughness of the 'Ronda', the 70m Mitac has roughly similar to UTMB asc/desc. So for a 100m+ event this must rank up with the toughees of Europe (and US as that's quite a lot more asc/desc than Hardrock too) at 400+ft a mile regardless of terrain!
No problem Roy, sounds a good run out on Saturday.
Nearly forgot, I don't know, but assuming you get one indoor CP on route. The one at lakes10 - at Honister - was well stocked with a hot food, cold offering - pasta, sandwiches, etc.... - as well as more variety of drinks (inc. cans of cola - don't drink when not running, but great during a long run for some reason).