I’ve been fairly quiet on here recently, partially because work has meant I haven’t had as much time as usual to write anything and partially because the number of races I would usually run have been cut short.
I’ve been finding my way back into my speed and training is going well. One marathon in January eased me back into the distance (and I’ll write a recap at some point), followed followed by an attempted second marathon which I had to abandon after 10k. A trapped nerve in my foot made my entire right foot go entirely numb and that plagued me for the next week.
A couple of races were cancelled due to various storms crashing over England and before I knew it I was at the end of February. I have two half marathons and one marathon coming up in March, which takes me up to my wedding and honeymoon at the end of March. When I’m back in April, full on marathon and ultra season begins! Yippee!
In the meantime, I’ve bought myself a pair of customised Nike Infinity Runs and a 360 degree camera for race filming. Above it my first test of both, produced in a hurry so far from perfect. But it was good to be out filming again.
Well. How to even start to summarise this weekend. For those who don’t know I was invited, along with six others, to fly out to Barcelona with Salomon to take part in their first ever Unexpected Run Weekend. My recap of the weekend is available here and also under “Races” at the top of this page, even if it wasn’t a race.
Trail running, star gazing, an interview with Kilian Jornet, firedancing and hot air balloon riding, it was a weekend that won’t ever be forgotten. Have a read and thank you again to Salomon Running for the experience.
It’s been a particularly long week and while I’ve got a few runs in (some good, some not so good), it’s been difficult to do anything worthy of blog content.
So this week I’m going to settle for a Throw Back Thursday – to RunThrough Victoria Park Half Marathon in March 2018.
That race is still my Half Marathon PB – 1:22:48. I haven’t run many pure half marathons in the past year, with the focus on ultras. But now the sub-3 hour marathon training is back on there should be a few speedy half marathons along the way.
My (very belated) race recap of the One Run to Find Them All ultra marathon is now available here or under the “Race Review” tab at the top of the page. The race rounded out my ultra marathon season and completed my 26 ultra marathons in 52 weeks challenge.
This weekend was the North Downs Way 100 Mile. Once again my nutrition issues struck and I pulled out at Mile 50. My recap of the race is now available here or by using the “Race Reviews” menu at the top of the page.
Here we go again. Tomorrow I’ll be running the Centurion North Downs Way 100. The 100 is a slight misnomer. The course is officially 103 Miles (165.762km!).
In the context of a 100 Mile race, an extra three might not seem like much more. But after 24 hours on your feet with no rest and 3,000 metres of climb, those extra three miles can be the difference between finishing or being cut-off by the time limits.
This will be my second attempt at a 100 Miler. The first was back at the beginning of May, at the Centurion Thames Path 100. I dropped out at mile 60, not because of any physical issue but because my mind wasn’t in it.
So no excuses this time. The weather is looking to be ideal. Around 23c, overcast and with a sprinkling of rain in the afternoon/evening to take the edge off of things.
Naomi will be meeting me at the 50 mile checkpoint and from then on will be attempting to make it via train to each of the following crew points where possible, with my parents joining at some point in the evening.
There’s a 30 hour cut off for this one, although the aim is to bring it in under 24 hours if possible. Failing that, just finishing will be fine.
I can’t really explain why I feel the need to do this, other than it’s there and waiting to be done. The same as with my sub-3 hour marathon attempts. There’s always something to be aimed for, whether it be further or faster.