Lizard trail running - day 3

Lizard trail running - day 3

Today was the toughest day. This was no surprise. As we ate another delicious meal at the end of day two, conversation turned to what the next day entailed and it was looking challenging. There were already two runs planned out; one taking in a local peak that was less than easy to get to and fairly technical in the ascent and descent, whilst the second run in the afternoon featured some pretty serious slow burner inclines that just stretch ahead of you and are seemingly endless.  

Tough yes, but as a group of competent and strong runners, this seemed very doable. I mean, within our group of five runners we have Jayne and Andy who are members of the At-Your-Pace trail team in Cornwall, plus Jayne's husband Dave who also competes in marathons and ultras and just this morning Jayne has been selected to represent Wales in the Anglo-Celtic plate 100km race, so there's no slouching about!

The real test however is the two additional strength training sessions in the day on top of the running. As an admission, I already do two sessions of this in the week as part of my training routine since being injured and discovering a variety of weaknesses in my body, so I'm fairly well rehearsed in some aspects of it. Having said that, these are hard sessions. They are by no means mandatory or enforced, but they are hugely beneficial and it's clear that from struggling on day one with the basics, the other runners have already started to feel the benefits of what this type of training can offer. Add in two demanding runs and it's a day that leaves us all pleasantly tired, a sense of achievement with the weariness to show for it. 

It's an early start in the morning to get back to the Alicante airport for our flights home and it's going to be tough not starting the day with a jaunt out into the ravines and ramblers, even after only a couple of days, it feels like the most natural thing to do now. I might have to wear my hydration pack in the office just to make the transition back to reality less harsh. 

I just need to work out when I can come back!