Well done to everyone who ran Milton Keynes and Chicksta for your great write up of your Prague experience. I love the mentality of hunting down the opposition.
Love your list of goals Superman. Which ultra have you got booked for Dec? I may well be marshalling at the Kingston marathon as I am running the 9 Bar trail challenge the day before. I have another 7 marathons booked and that one will be my 50th.
I have not escaped unscathed from my foray into double day ultra running. I have aggravated my piriformis so am suffering from a pain in the butt and numbness down my left leg. Why if it is numb does it still hurt? So a cautionary tale about upping your mileage.
I am also in a club team in the Mizuno 24 hour relay. Should be great fun running 5 mile laps throughout the day and night and embracing the camararderie of the event.
I had my first foray into double day ultras this weekend at the fabulous Pony Express 60 mile race in the New Forest. Having run both Brighton and London marathon in the last 3 weeks I was unsure how my legs would cope but felt surprisingly good starting day 2. The whole experience was amazing and the XNRG team looked after us really well. Sleeping on the floor in a school hall with 100 other competitors was definitely interesting. Despite getting lost on day one I won a trophy for being 1st lady over 50. Day 1, 5:05:35 and day 2, 5:09:00. Really thankful it's a Bank Holiday today. Feeling a little fragile!!
So for those of you who achieved your dream goals maybe the next step is an ultra!
I spent the weekend running around the stunning New Forest completing my 1st 2 day event the Pony Express, 60 miles over 2 days. An 11am start meant a leisurely drive down on Saturday morning. Our kit and sleeping bags were loaded onto vans to meet us at the halfway point. Saw lots of ponies, some hairy, horned cattle and a beautiful bluebell wood. The route was pretty hilly but I felt good and settled in with a small group. Checkpoints had sandwiches, pretzels and jelly babies to keep us going. Unfortunately we missed a turning and had to stop to consult the map and retrace our steps which wasted time and added distance. Happy to finish day 1 in 5:05:30.
We were greeted with tea and cake and then claimed our spot on the school hall floor to set out our sleeping bags. Really glad I borrowed an air mattress too. Had a shower and massage and then a hot meal before a talk from the organiser about his 300 mile race across the Yukon which he won. Lights out at 10pm and wake up call at 5.45. An interesting experience!!! Ear plugs supplied.
Unconventional pre race breakfast of a full English! My legs felt surprisingly good and I managed a reasonable pace considering. It had rained heavily in the night and the trail was really wet and muddy. Luckily it eased off just after we started so hats, gloves and waterproofs were soon discarded. Ran past some amazing houses and thatched cottages and the views were glorious from the top of the ridge even if the wind was biting. At one point we had to wade through a stream that was 3 feet deep. Great feeling arriving at the finish and finding out I was 1st VW50 overall. Time for day 2 was 5:10:30. More tea and cake and a shower before heading home.
Well done everyone and a great summing up by Superman.
I am pretty stoked with a 3:31:40. If I'm cheeky like Tony I can claim that my watch clocked 26.5 miles and 8 min miles so technically a sub 3:30 marathon. Tee Hee!!
I was at the bench at 8.23am and waited a while but nobody else came. I doubted I was in the right place so headed off to the Green start to join the loo queues. Sorry I missed you. I didn't see anyone at the start either as it was so cold we were all wrapped up in sacrificial jumpers and space blankets.
My plan to run with the pacer was hindered by celeb dodging in the first mile. For the sake of TV coverage they start at the front of the green start.and At the downhill stretch at mile 4 I somehow got ahead of the group and then couldn't slow enough to drop back. Miles 4 to 6 were run too fast but then I settled into a good pace and was really enjoying the amazing atmosphere. The pace group caught me up at 14 miles and I stayed with them until 24 miles when my legs started to complain. I was still on track at this point but dropped to 8.30 min miles.Maybe if I'd stayed with them in the early miles I would have just scraped the 3:30? Really not disappointed though as it was a fabulous day. We even got a lovely tech t-shirt in the right size instead of the usual cotton XL that fits no one.
Special thanks to Superman, the asics team and all the other forum buddies for great support and advice throughout our marathon journey. Happy running. xx