Badbark - how are things with you at the moment? I trust you're taking it easy. I showed your report to Mrs L and she was reading it with interest until all the gory details appeared!
Yes thanks, I took it easy last week with only 27 slow miles and 3 days complete rest. Just another 6 easy this morning but plan on a few HMP intervals on grass tomorrow. I’ve a hilly Half Marathon on Friday night and have just booked a 50k Ultra Marathon in 11 weeks time so I’m mentally back in the game!
I just have to wait to see a specialist about my ‘problem’ and won’t be attempting to run further than 50k until it gets sorted once and for all. Sorry for the graphic posts last week. I decided the embarrassment of revelling all was less to bear than the shame of people thinking I had much choice in the DNF after 85k. It's not in my psyche to quit.
Sorry to read about the lurgy suffering but good to read P&D starting for most people. I’ll be sticking to my own training plan for Dublin in 17 weeks which has worked well over my previous few marathons.
continued - than a walnut bleeding profusely. Both he and the Red Cross said I couldn’t continue and might need a blood transfusion if I continued to lose blood.
To say I was gutted would be an understatement. I argued with everyone and still wanted to continue but with my mum and wife in tears finally relented. I went to a disabled toilet and managed to force the haemorrhoid back inside and finally arrest the bleeding. My face was as white as a sheet.
I had already been to the Doctors last Wednesday due to the bleeding and I am waiting to see a specialist. I don’t like to make excuses but wonder if the blood loss over the previous week may have affected my performance. It probably doesn’t help that I am vegan so wouldn’t have the highest iron levels to begin with.
Haemorrhoid problems aside I still made some silly mistakes and didn’t take the 100k distance serious enough. My pace was too fast over the first half going through 26.2 miles in 3:18. I got greedy and let the podium predictions go to my head and thought all my hard training would see me through. I should have run about 8 minute mile pace and stop and/or walk much earlier. I was in ‘marathon mode’ throughout and hardly paused until I was forced to.
I was in 4th place early on then went into 3rd by half way and wanted to stay there so I wouldn’t let the forum down! Funnily enough the final top three were all behind me until I fell apart after 60k. The three ahead of me at 25k finished 4th, 14th and DNF. I’ve learnt a huge lesson about ultra pacing and running my own race. It really is a different discipline compared to marathons and 50k’s.
I haven’t run at all for three days now but plan 4 miles on the treadmill or grass tomorrow. Thankfully I still have the buzz but won’t be running too far until I have my haemorrhoid problem sorted.
Well my first attempt at a 100k Ultra Marathon didn’t work out as planned but I never imagined the day would end the way it did.
The day started badly when the car park ticket wouldn’t let me out and I had to return to the hotel reception losing about 15 minutes. I sped to the race and reached the Forest Park with 2 minutes to spare before registration was due to close. I need not have worried as there was a large queue which eventually resulted in the race starting 15 minutes late.
The weather was perfect as the race started at 7:15 am with 20 x 5k laps around Portuma Forest Park ahead of me. The 50k and 100k started together. My plan was to run about 7:40 a minute mile pace until half way and then allow myself to slow down to 8:40 pace over the second half. This would see me break 8 hours 30 minutes and if I could hold 7:40 for longer I would.
I completed the first lap in 23:57 so thought that 24 minute lap targets would be easy to remember. I felt fantastic and had a lot of difficulty on holding back my pace and finished the next laps in 23:13, 23:30, 23:27, 23:29, 23:14, 23:26, 23:36, 23:46 and 24:13. This had me pass the 50k mark at around 3:55 and I still felt very strong.
I started to dream that I might be able to hold close to this pace for the rest of the race and break the 8 hour barrier. I calculated that if ran 25 minute laps I would finish around 8 hours so this became my target going into the second half. I ran the 11th lap in exactly 25 minutes but for the first time was starting to feel a bit uncomfortable.
I had run 42.5 miles in training without any problems and was surprised I was beginning to struggle despite only having run about 35 miles. The 12th lap was the real turning point where I went from having a bit of trouble to the wheels coming off completely. The lap took 26:53 with the last mile over 9 minutes. I didn’t hit the wall, the wall hit me.
I tried to push on telling myself it was only a bad patch but my legs had gone completely and I had to walk parts of the 13th lap which took 31:12. Mentally it was extremely difficult to push on knowing that I had still a marathon to complete. I changed my plan to run about 400m and walk about 100m and maintained about 11 minute mile pace for several miles. The next laps took 32:59 and 34:59 as I reached 75k but my walk breaks were getting longer.
All time goals were out the window now and I just became determined to finish. I was now walking and running equal distances of about 100m and finish the 16th lap in 37:50. On the 17th lap I stopped for a pee but was shocked to find my hands red with blood from my pants.
I have had problems with haemorrhoids for years and had bleed after every bowel movement for the previous week but never expected this. I had thought my pants were just wet from water I had been pouring over myself but discovered that they were soaked completely in blood. There was blood inside my thighs and down the back of my legs.
I had only started a new lap and decided to soldier on putting tissues in the base of my pants. However, it wasn’t long until the tissues were soaked and I stopped at a water station and asked some ladies if they could help me out. They raced to their cars and returned with a nappy and sanitary towel! I went for the towel but will never forget the horrified look on some of the kid’s faces as I removed the dripping tissues.
I finished the lap in 40:10 and went over to my friends and family. I showed them the soaked sanitary towel and asked for another. I wanted to continue as I only had three laps to go and at even 40 minutes a lap I would be finished in under 10 hours total. One of my friends is a Doctor and made me go to the Red Cross Ambulance for a check up. He had a look and said I had an external haemorrhoid bigger tha