22nd July 2012

22 06 2012

I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a long weekend.

Having missed out on my Wednesday nights easy run I thought I’d fit it in tonight instead. Not one of my best ideas. While out on my easy run, it dawned on me that last nights tempo run was still in my legs and rather than having a night off, I will be running my back to back long weekend runs on tired legs!

Looking at it another way, back to back runs are designed to tire your legs so you can get used to what it’s going to feel like at the end of a long race. Maybe my preparation couldn’t be better. Only time will tell.

I am now armed with an Ultraspire handheld bottle (ISOMERIC16oz) and I’m starting to think about eating and drinking while running. I’m a bit new to this so I don’t really k ow where to begin with regards to what to eat? Gels, bars, fruit or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (PBJ’s). I hate being sick so I’m a little apprehensive about what to try. I had a quick look on wiggle and there’s a lot of different products out there.

This weeks mileage so far is around 18 miles and the goal is to get another 25 in this weekend… Wish me luck.

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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.





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.








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