I’ve Entered My First Ultra!

18 06 2012

In total last week I racked up 42 miles, including two 12 mile back to back runs at the weekend.

I was aiming for around 22 miles this weekend and having managed a bit more, and because my legs don’t feeling like they’ve been run over by a truck, I’ve taken the plunge and entered my first ultra distance race. Ok… I the furthest I’ve raced before is a half marathon and I thought the next gradual step would be to complete a marathon, makes sense? Well, having scoured the internet and magazines I haven’t found a suitable marathon distance trail run. The only one that came close was Kielder marathon but I’ve already entered a trail race on the day before. So the plan was to find a marathon to run in early 2013 but when I heard that High Terrain Events had decided to add a 50K event as part of the Salomon Trail Tour Series I jumped at the chance and entered this morning. Let the training begin!

Investing in a foam roller is easily the best thing I’ve bought. I’m hoping that’s why my legs don’t feel so bad, not that I really know what I’m doing with it. I had a quick look on You Tube about how to roll the usual muscles quads, hamstrings, calves etc… And rolled them after my runs this weekend.

Oh, I also tried eating while running on Sunday. That went ok I think. I didn’t get any pains and I didn’t spew, bonus! Need to take a drink though, I chose a Powerbar from the supermarket but the nuts were hard to swallow without a gulp of water.

All-in-all not a bad weekend.

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All Is Good

12 06 2012

So I managed 8 x 0.5m intervals with a mile warm up and warm down.

After a full weekend of running I took Monday off and rested. I was a little bit apprehensive about doing the full 8 intervals thinking that my legs would surely be tired, but no they felt really good. I have to admit that I programmed the session into my Garmin and before I set off I dropped my max pace from 6 min/m to 6.5. Never the less I managed to stick to nearer 6.5 min/m or less and my last interval was at 5:52 pace!

Wednesday nights are turning into my easy run night so I guess it’s 4 miles with the pooch tomorrow. Then Thursday is tempo night. 5 miles at 6.5-7 min/m pace with a warm up a cool down. I haven’t decided how this weekend is going to plan out yet but I’m hoping to get another 2 runs in totalling between 20-22 miles. I’ve also started to add some core work after my runs which, it has to be said, is a weak area for me. I hate it! But it prevents injury and is supposed to improve your running technique.

All in all I’m feeling positive at the moment, can’t wait to get back out tomorrow.





I’m Back!

7 06 2012

Forgive me, I haven’t written a blog post for over a year!

So what’s happened? Well, I’ll be honest I lost motivation, not with running, but with my blog. My running has been intermittent, as well, since about October 2011 and since the beginning of 2012 I haven’t done much running at all. Over the past 4 weeks I’ve become reinvigorated.

The football season finished giving me back my weekends and allowing for long runs. I’ve begun running with my West Highland Terrier, Alfie, although I don’t dare run to fast with him. I’ve entered the Lakeland Trails Autumn Series again and I’m currently trying to find a Marathon Distance trail race to compete in later in the year.

I have to mention the Ultrarunnerpodcast.com podcast. This podcast is inspirational! I have now started working my way through a years worth of podcasts. If you like running then listen to these guys here and they’re also on iTunes. They interview top names from the ultra running community about their training, nutrition, races etc… Give it a listen.





The Season Begins in March

21 01 2011

Woke this morning to a ridiculously cold -4.5 deg C!  Its hard enough getting out of bed for work, let alone going for a morning run.  Might try to get up one morning next week for an easy run because at some point I’m going to have to increase my mileage substantially.  I’ve always wanted to be an early riser but have never been able to get into the routine.  Goal for next week = One early morning run!

So last night I decided to enter the Lakeland Trails Spring and Autumn Series.  6 tough runs throughout the lake district starting in April, I can’t wait.  I also looked at the races in Evenwood Road Runners (my club) grand prix competition.  This is a set group of races decided at the beginning of the year where you stand to collect points if you run faster than your predicted minute miles (if that makes sence, its like a handicap).  Anyway the first race is Haweswater Half Marathon at the beginning of March and that’s when my season kicks off!

Ran intervals tonight on the treadmill in the hope I can inject some speed into them.  Follow the link to see it: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/64442682 .  I followed Ryan Hall’s Training Plan a few years ago in preparation for a half marathon in Lanzarote (2008 I think, might try and find the results for proof) and I really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d give it another go.

Ok time to sleep. Night night.








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