I ran my first run in three weeks (had some minor surgery) on Tuesday evening. Then a track session last night. It always amazes me that in such a short space of time off, running can feel so unnatural.
First proper race this year is in just over 4 weeks - 3000m track race. I'm never gonna be ready, but I'll have a good crack!
Best of luck to all with your ongoing training for the 50.
Morning all, thought I'd find the usual suspects in here!! :-)
Just dropping in to say Merry Christmas to all you still running ultra.
I must admit, I'm not missing doing long runs in the dark on a weeknight. But then, running 400m reps wit the wind blowing in your face down the back-straight ain;t too much fun either! Why do we do it??
Training for the short stuff's been going ok. I've still an injury from the Ridgeway challenge (which should be near the top of your 'to do' list for 07!) back in August, but doing cross-country doesn't help that recover!
I'm taking it pretty easy until the new year though. I've had a few colds etc as a result of not taking much rest after the r.way (caught a couple of end of season, low-key track races).
Anyway, best of luck to all of you for your ultra challenges in 2007. I'll be thinking of you all as I'm lining up for a 5000.
Yes, we've all done it. 'I'm moving house so I can't run' or 'My wife's having a baby so I can't run'... or my favourite 'it's Tuesday and it's not 18.4 degrees outside, so I can run'. :-))
I alawys find I need to have events scheduled in or I'm not motivated to train.
For the short stuff, I've a list of cross country races over the winter, but I've set myself time goals on the track for next season. Setting a few different goals is key though... you need to have stepping stones to the end result.
My change in training is exciting though. In the build-up to the Ridgeway, Wednesday night might've been a long slow. Last night... 3x1km reps on grass, inside 4min with heart rate maxing out at 202. So, a change, but I'm really psyched up for it.
After a couple of years of ultra, I dipped my foot back on the track last weekend. Before the Sunday track races, I ran a 2.75mile cross-country on Sat. I blew big style! Had no idea how to pace it and went off at sub 6min/mile. Good laugh though as it was a relay event.
Then on Sunday I took part in a very low-key end of season track event. Ran an 800m with the under 15 and under 17 lads. Tried to stay with the two U17 boys in the early going but they were flying so I stuck in third place. Was pretty pleased to run 2:27 since I was very sore from Sat. (sore from a 2.75mile race!!) and the training for an 85mile ultra hadn’t involved too much speed.
I really enjoyed the change though. Felt much more competitive to be out on the line waiting for the gun. But, after the 400m 10min later, I was very sore on Monday. Calves are still sore!!
Hope everyone’s ultra training is going well. Anyone getting ready for the tooting 24?