Good run at the Woldsman 50 (51). Set off a bit fast, but first third is relatively flat and tempting, suffered a bit 20-25, meal at halfway but still suffering on harder next leg, a few choice nibbles and energy returned for the hilliest section. After which back to undulacting/flat and held on well for an 8.41 finish. Last time I ran here, admittedly a tougher day I was nearly two hours Slower. Good that the training paid off this month
cracking runs Spen and T Rex, especially considering unwelcome diversions and strong winds (respectively).
Hi all. Whats been going on? Been a bit less wet and windy the last few weeks for us all - though if FR still out there I'm sure he preferred it as it was
How did Connemara go? did you manage ok despite training concerns? I'd still say that TP100 is pretty gnarly, its 100m afterall and most people have a tendency to adapt speed to the terrain so not that much easier than a hilly off-road one (maybe harder in some ways mentally).
Been a weird year for me so far, feel very fit/strong one minute and then not the next. Particularly noticable at Hardmoors 55. Since then bashed out a 25m in muddy hills on a wet and windy day the weekend before last and I felt it had mauled me. But the strange thing was the pace wasn't bad without pushing too hard from the start, though I had to work hard on hills/flats at the end. Feeling better the week since with some good runs, nothing beyond 11m, but some good hills and effort expended without the burned up feeling. Now back into a mini-taper for the Woldsman on Saturday, which is my local trail ultra and one I enjoy a lot. Then a month from that to prepare for a jump up to 83m for the Centenery Way (York Filey) unsupported.
Thanks all. I think it was probably an accumulation of things as already feeling quite a bit better and logged two commute runs this week where I've felt no worse than usual. It's funny how sometimes a long run seems to flatten your for ages, other times not so much. Certainly mindset created from a good run can help with another soon after, but can also stroll you into overuse I suppose. I had a disappointing finish to a tough trail mara last year and vowed to improve pacing, up the hill training, improve nutrition on the run and a few other things for my next planned one - and it did pay off.
GKD - Transylvania one in the memory banks for a future year I think as I'm just domestic-running this year, would love to hear about it if you do it.
Cragchick - Sounds a cracker from your description and not easy miles either on the beach!
Hi Cragchick. Those self-planned trips are often the best anyway
GKD - Also, saw that event and it intrigued me.
spen - Best of luck for the fast 40 and the apocalypse.
Hardmoors was a massive disappintment for me. Planning and prep was pretty darned good. All ready to go for a fast one. But didn't feel 100% the day before and despite best efforts to eat and do the right things evening before and morning of the event I was uncomfortable from the start and and using too much effort at what should be easy pace in early stages. So much so that on the way to Kildale (11m) on flat/slight slope after coming off hills I was already walking and decided it wasn't worth pushing on. Retired there at11m, feeling like I'd done 30+ in the legs, a bit dizzy and tired. Never felt this bad so early in an event I'm trained for. Pushing on with this one is a bit risky as no more indoor CP or anything much resembling civilisation or a chance to be picked up easily until 33m thereafter.
Strange really as I didn't fall over with flu (man- or the other kind) or anything the next day, just aching all over and tired. Been very busy work, rest and play so maybe just hit a temporary burnout. Starting to feel a bit better already and going to pull myself together as Woldsman 50 is only 2.5 weeks away.