and then, run some more.
Hope you are all well.
i’ve been a little slack in populating my blog since MdS, for that I can only apologise. However, I’m now getting to a place where I can comprehend it and will update where I left off.
However, before that, I’d just like to fill you in on what I’ve been doing since.
I moved home the weekend after MdS. Not the best timing but it was all that was available. During that week, I did no running.
Once all the stuff (lots of boxes) were transferred into new home, I started to look at running again. But, I found it difficult and again, through the week, I did no running. My bad! That was 10days without a run.
You may say, I deserved to put my feet up for longer but, I had the small matter of a 53mile race the following week (The Highland Fling), i.e. 9-10days after MdS. What could possibly go wrong!?
Turns out, the lack of leg turn over didn’t help at all. I actually thought all would’ve been ok. However, at the first hill (Conic Hill) my calves cramped and I knew then it was going to be a long day.
I adjusted my pace, my stride etc to compensate but that then aggravated other parts and eventually I found myself walking a fair few bits. Not what I had in mind but, hey! Life’s like a box of chocolates 😉
I eventually crossed the line approx 1Hr 40mins later than planned, in 10Hrs 43mins.
I took a rest for three days and got back into running again after that. All the runs for the next week were done at an easy pace as my legs were still a bit stiff and I had a good case of the DOMS.
After a week of running about at a much leisurely pace (that’s 5:30 / k to you although I did do a small stint (2miles) in one run at 4:20pace), I got back to ‘training’. I put my race head on again and planned out my next bout of training. I had the Great Glen Way Ultra coming up at the start of July (now only two weeks away). So, I made a decision to hit the hills every weekend. Twice across the weekend if the schedule allowed.
During the week, I also decided to hit the stairs at work and ‘make them count’, i.e. HARD sessions with 10 x efforts up 5 flights of stairs. The run out (2k) and back (up to 3-4k depending on route) would be done at MEDIUM pace (4:30) at the very least.
So that was that! I’ve been hitting the hills with some great friends, some not so great weather but each run has been fabulous.
Myself and the guys I run with have had some great banter out on these days and some spectacular views from the hills we’ve been going up and down.
Some days we’ve taken it a little easier but for the most part, for me anyways, I’ve pushed on with the pace. Not everyone enjoyed that 😉 And, sometimes, my legs didn’t enjoy it either.
One of the best sessions I’ve had out with some of the guys was a day of rain. We went totally off trail, made a new one and had to cross a river to complete our chosen route. The wind didn’t ‘help’ either. However, the three of us on that run agreed, it was one of the best days on the hills we’ve had in a while.
In the middle of this, I signed up for a wee 10k race. Now, I don’t normally entertain short races but I couldn’t resist. My friend, Tun, asked and why not! Afterall, it was only 10k….right? A distance I have never actually raced! Looking at the profile, I already knew it was going to be a hard 10k. And, it turned out, it was.
Tun and both finished approx 6seconds between us with Tun coming in before me.
Such short races are knackering! First k was run (for me) at 4:06 pace! Gladly, it did slow down, a little when we hit the hill (see pic). However, as it’s a race, you pushed as hard as you were able to the eventual top.
As this was a figure of 8 loop, we would have to run up this again. Oh joy of joys!
My splits (below) show, I was at least trying to race it. And you can definitely tell where the hill(s) started.
Nonetheless, all of the above griping about it being tough, I finished 22nd overall with a smile on my face. It was a great day out and I thank Tun for asking me to chum him on this.
We are pictured with two Salomon chaps, Tom Owens & Donnie Campbell. And, believe it or not, I love the stupid grin I’ve got on my face too!
PS: As you may be able to tell, it rained!
The day after the 10k, we went out and ran 19k over the hills. Legs defo felt the effort the previous evening . Again, we had some glorious views.
Whilst you may think I’ve been taking it easy with my runs, most of my small runs have been done with effort, i.e. 4:20- 4:10 or better. I did even managed to get a PB on my one k time. 3:48 🙂 Not sure how long I could keep that up. I suspect, not long.
And, that’s been me for the last few weeks. Stair sessions twice a week, running almost everyday (varying in distance) and hills at the weekends.
We are now two weeks away from the Great Glen Way Ultra and I’m feeling ok. I have no injuries (touches wood) and I hope it stays that way for the next two weeks.
I’ll start ramping down my miles, and efforts as of this weekend and get plenty of sleep.
I’ve taken the Friday off work before the race so I can relax too. This time of running the GGW I have company. David, Tun and fellow MdS’r Rob are all tagging along. For most of them, it’ll be the first time they’ve gone more than 100k in one go.
For me, I’m just looking to beat last years time and come in somewhere under 14Hrs. I’ll be happy with that. Considering, I have the Pen Llyn Ultra three weeks after.
So, you are all caught up. Mostly!
One other thing I have done is join a running club! Eek (oh how I’ve changed)! So, I’ll be sporting a Wee County Harriers running vest soon. I’ve been to one of their training sessions and enjoyed it. Loads of abilities but the great thing was, everyone was trying as hard as they could.
I happened to pick a night where they were doing hill repeats! Oh my Dog! 30, continuous minutes of running up and down inclines. FAN TAS TIC!
Hope this finds you all well.
Keep, keeping on.