As with things, planning seems to help. As this I my first ultra, I’ve had to plan the increase in miles through a training plan. I’ve been using a training plan that focuses on slowly increasing the thre mid-week runs and doing a long run on the Saturday followed by a back to back on the Sunday. Again, these have been managed to increase so the final longest run would be on race day.
However, I knew that the 33miler was always going to be a step in the process towards the daunting 55 mile Glasgow to Edinburh which comes a mere three weeks after the D33. So all in all, a plan was needed. I started the plan ahead of the 20wk schedule as I knew I had more to do that just 20wks of training to complete. So, this should lead me to have a further month of training which I thought would be necessary.
I’ve tried to stick to my weekly planned miles and I believe this has been key to me achieving my targets during hit last 20wks. There have certainly be times I’ve questioned my abilities and asked myself why, but I’m a stubborn sort and if I say I’ll do it, I’ll do it.
So this weekend, saw me on my two week taper before the D33. This would be my last ‘long run’ before the race, a ‘mere’ 20miles along the Fife Coastal path. This part was from Dalgety Bay to Burntisland and back.
The weather was glorious! A balmy 7degrees but it felt warmer in the sun.
I was breaking in my Asics Fujiattack 4 trail shoes and they performed well through the forest sections. A good amount of grip up the hills, even on grass but good with mud too. As some of the route was on Tarmac (the coastal path doubles as the cycle path) the shoes didn’t feel too stiff either on these sections.
When I reached the 10 mile mark, I stopped and had a 10min break. Took on food and fluid. I also got to enjoy the sunshine and the view. I reached the 10 mile mark in 1Hr 23mins. I would go on to do the same return leg in 1Hr 26mins.
With another two weeks to go, I’ve cut back my mileage through the week and my next weekend run will be just a 20k. Apart from an interval session, all runs will be on mid to easy scale.
Whatever you got up to, I hope it was a good one.