I agree with shawk. Day 1 will feel easy for a long period anyway if your well trained and not in all out one-day race mode. A good LSR pace for similar distance might work well. Day 2 and 3 may feel hard at first, but you will loosen. I'd be a liar if I didn't say it'll get progressively harder to maintain same pace each day and any suffering will come sooner (based on similar terrain each day).
ACC was an odd one, I probably wouldn't have suffered so much on day 3 if I didn't try and go out at day 1 and 2 pace. As the third day was a significantly slower course due to terrain and undulations. I don't know the ridgeway, but I suspect you won't have such a terrain change?
Hi Garth. At that distance it sounds tough enough to me and whatever step you take into multi-days its likely to be a lot more mileage than previous. I'd already done 33 and 37 milers in one day in years before I took on Atlantic Coast Challenge over 3 days (78.6m), which really gave me a beating by day 3. I've done mostly single day events since and unless they are 50m upwards they aren't usually as bad as you get to rest the day after.
TBH some of the guys/gals out there do a hell of a lot of tougher stuff than I could currently or probably ever do. And I've already taken on challenges beyond what I ever imagined I could. The 'challenge' stick keeps getting moved on with every goal achieved (My missus probably thinks she wish se met somebody whose hobby was golf or football ). So keep reading there is inspiration everywhere on these threads whatever your challenge. Best of luck
Thanks booktrunk. Yes, the slog will no doubt become familiar to you in that second half. In that 2nd half any pace illusions may well go out the window so its a case of get around how you can and don't focus too much on how far on how much time. Just think of the next feed, etc... best of luck!
I did High Peak 40 at the weekend. 40.9m, near 5000ft asc, 7.10 hours on foot. So far more hills than any of my long GYRR days and nice was able to have a change from the slog as this was mostly run or fast territory jog (even on many of the uphills, which were a cracking gradient to still be able to run, especially road ones). I've been retraining myself to try and pick up some roadspeed for Yorkshire Marathon in October. Quite happy with that time for HP40, but really destroyed my quads so training this week has been muchly a non-event.
It was great to be home and see Clare and Isaac, who I’d missed so much (this being the longest I’d not seen Isaac for in his 20mths). I got home and I was able to relax that little bit more than previous days. Although, relax isn’t in Isaacs vocab yet, so I also had to offer some low-key playtime. After a bath we got a takeaway Chinese from our great local and I think I was asleep not long after.
It was great to be home, but there was still significant mileage and possibly a challenging riverbank route tomorrow taking me out of town from where I’d stopped today through miles and miles of mostly deserted reclaimed farmland to my eventual challenge endpoint at Spurn point. It wasn’t a mileage or route that would usually phase me, but my body had taken a battering already. The damage seemed to have been accelerated today. As well as a general stiffness and achiness, my legs were almost seized up now. The blisters weren’t really any worse, but my feet were now really swollen and my big toes in particular has taken quite a battering.