After VLM I needed a plan to keep me running. Having in my mind conquered the marathon distance and killed off a few demons in the proceeds I needed another challenge. The only thing that made sense was to run longer. So I have entered my first Ultra Marathon, this is now only a month away and could possibly be too close to running London, only time will tell.
This Ultra is a stepping stone to the ‘real thing’, in September I really want to run the 55 miles from Exeter along the coastal path to Babbacombe. However lets not go there yet, first lets see how the 31 miles off-road goes.
All this has meant that I am running LOADS and not blogging much! Oh and boy am I tired, ok no I am not tired I am ********* knackered! The difference between marathon training and Ultra training is, back to back long runs at the weekend. This has meant on average I am running 26 miles in total between Saturday and Sunday runs, with 2 more 9 mile runs during the week and a nice little 5 mile on a Wednesday, maybe you can see why I am tired!
Last Sunday after my time up North I decided not to run long, but to move the 4 hour scheduled run to Wednesday. This fitted in quite nicely with me dropping the car off to have a tow bar fitted and having 4 hours to kill. What else is a girl to do, except – run!
It was a simple plan. Run out 2 hours on the Estuary path, turn around and run back. The trouble with an out and back run though, is that if you are already tired once you get to the turn around point it is a very long way back. I arrived at Dawlish Warren 11 miles in and not quite at the 2 hour mark, but I knew another mile was just not doable. I turned around and headed back. Oh and what a struggle to get back. I even walked most of mile 18! Ridiculous when 6 weeks ago I ran 26 miles!
It was one of those runs where I could have gladly got home and thrown my trainers ALL of them in the bin!
But of course I haven’t, not yet!