That is bad shawk. I feel bad for people who regularly use footpaths when they get confronted with a load of runners blocking the way so they must really get pissed off when they see a load of markers just getting left out on the course (along with the odd gel wrapper no doubt) and quite rightly. I have heard the odd moan about endurance life now and again actually. The courses look so good though that I'd probably be willing to overlook the gripes to give one a go.
Well, my 12 week programme for this starts in a week and a half. I'm aiming for more speedwork than I've done before, trusting that I've got some good endurance in my legs from the ultra training I've been doing. Have done about 920 miles so far this year, which is way up on my usual average. I'm doing the bristol half in the lead up, which I will focus on getting a good time in and then start to ramp up the long slow runs from there. Despite the hills on this one, I am hopeful of a big PB!
No science to back up no. But for a few quid on a pair of cheap calf guards, I thought I'd give it a try. I have found that it helped. Might be placebo effect, might not, I couldn't really care less. In the case of my compression shorts though, I don't think you can attribute no chafing to the placebo effect.
What have you tried then VDOT? You wouldn't be dismissing something with no experience of it would you?
Much as I'd love to get straight into another ultra, I think realistically, I'm done for a while. I'm now training for an October marathon which is 2 weeks before the due date of our second child. That pretty much does me for the next 12 months or so I reckon! Once baby is born, I really don't want pressure of having to get out for training runs so I'll just try to keep ticking along at 25-30 miles a week and see how it goes. I'm definitely not done with ultras though and I'd still really like to do some with some serious elevation gain. Either a CTS one or one of the Brecon Beacons ultras.