Posted: 09/04/2015 at 10:42
Thanks for reposting Lotte's long run advice for the ultra, Vixo. I had been wondering myself how to approach mine as it's only 9 weeks after London. I will need a week off to recover from the marathon before I even attempt to build back up for the ultra, and really not sure how much to do for it. In that time I'll probably only have opportunity to do maybe one or two 20+ runs (May half term is also in that block of 9 weeks and we might go away, so not sure how much running will happen that week either). I'm not too worried as I've done a lot of long runs for the marathon (4x16, 4x18 and 4x20) so those plus the race itself must count towards anything that comes afterwards! It's 50K so "only" five miles more than marathon distance, and should be flat as mostly on canal towpath. As it's the end of June it could be scorchio, which would possibly be a problem especially as the section I've chosen to do starts at 12 noon. The 100K distance is split into two 50K sections, and 50K runners can do either. I chose the second section as I think it'll be nicer scenery - the first 50K starts in central London and I know some of the early sections of the towpath (through King's Cross and Camden) and they are a bit grim. Plus logistically a 7am start from central London would mean leaving home around 5am which is just a tad too early. Pace-wise I have absolutely no idea - I'm thinking of somewhere around 8-8:15 miling but it depends on how London goes and what I can manage there as to what pace I think will be appropriate for the ultra.
Sounds like your training's gone really well, Vixo - trashed legs are just a sign of having worked hard! I would do maybe one more long run and then taper - I think your race is the bank holiday weekend, isn't it? So the week after London? I know there's a reason I didn't choose it - think it was just too soon after the marathon.
Everyone seems to have had a good Easter break - weather caught us out too Caro; who'd have thought that WALES would be hot and sunny over Easter?? (It never usually is - I even did my final 20 miler on Friday before we left, remembering all the times I've had to do it in a gale force wind in the Welsh hills - and then the weather was far better in Wales than at home, and my long run was done in the pouring rain. Sigh!)
Now tapering - funny how niggles start to appear once the hard training stops! I've had this happen before so know not to be worried about it but it is a bit disconcerting. Hamstrings ached like hell after a fairly steady 7-miler last night and all I've done since last Friday is that and two easy 5s. Massively overate on Tuesday (ate a lot over Easter generally, but really overdid it that evening) and felt completely stuffed to the point of discomfort. Wasn't remotely hungry all the following morning and didn't even really want lunch. It wasn't a pleasant feeling and I won't be doing it again in a hurry - and it's too early to be carb-loading so can't even use that as an excuse!
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