Posted: 19/07/2015 at 15:40
Hello all - I have been lurking rather posting recently. Nice to see PP knocking out PBs less so to see those shorts again. Looks like DrD has got himself in great shape with some fine results. I have spent the last couple of months running slower but further as I prepared for my first Ultra. Then been inspired/horrified by accounts from DanA and SL about their exploits.
I ran the 50 mile Endure 12/50 yesterday. The race starts at 7pm and there is options to run 50k, 50 miles or for 12 hours. With the 12 hour race it can be solo or teams of 2, 4 or 6. I managed to finish in 7:22 for 2nd place. I was 10 minutes behind first place (who was someone I told about the race only on Wednesday - so I could have been first, drat!).
One of mates was supporting and gave me splits. I couldn't believe it when he told me I was in 2nd place at half way. Later with one lap to go he told me 3rd place was 30s behind and 4th place 45s behind. Not the news I wanted as it was nearly impossible to tell who was running as a team or solo. With 4 miles to go, a runner passed me, who I (correctly) assumed was in my race. I decided I couldn't wait it out for a sprint finish - it would have been a sprint in slo-mo at 9 min miling! So I put in a burst and dropped him. Alas when I got to the finish it became clear the 3rd place runner was a lap behind and 4th two laps behind - so was I had a buffer of 1 hour!
I did find the running at night tough and if I was to do another I would invest in a much better head torch as I did manage to run into the odd bush. The ground was pretty uneven in places so think with better conditions I could go faster. The effort felt easier than racing a marathon and my legs feel less damaged than after a road marathon. On the fuel front I didn't really take that much, I had practised eating honey sandwiches and boiled potatoes - so had a bit of both and also had 2 gels and some lucosade. The last 20 miles was just water which felt ok. The real challenge, as everyone had told me, was the mental one and fighting the relentless desire to just give up and go to bed
Once I have recovered it will be back to the more sensible pursuit of marathon training accompanied with more regular posting here. But first there is fridge load of beer to be drunk.