A Gentle Reminder

Look what arrived in the post! My new training t-shit, and a gentle reminder that I need to get my arse into gear before the ultra training begins.


It’s still six months before I embark on my second Ultra Marathon, the South Coast Challenge 50K, but if I’m going to have a real go at running this one, then I need to get moving.

The only other ultra that I have ever attempted was the London to Brighton 100K, which I ended up walking for most of the route, but this time I’m hoping that things will be different.

Firstly, this one half the distance, which should make it more doable. They do have a 100K option, but that would mean running past my front door (ok, two streets away from my front door) at the half way point, which I’m not sure I could cope with – especially as public transport from Arundel to Hove isn’t that great; my house, on the other hand, is about a 5 minute walk from the 50K finish line, which will hopefully motivate me to keep going.

I live on the street below and to the left of the train station. The yellow house symbol is the 50K point.
I live on the street below and to the right of the red train station symbol. The yellow house symbol is the 50K point.

Secondly, even though I was in better shape before I started my 100K training than I am at the moment, at that time my training mostly involved very long walks and not much running at all. Also, I only started training nine weeks before the event itself. Yeah, I know, it’s a miracle that I didn’t die, but it gives me hope that with six months to train for the 50K, I should be able to do much better this time around.

So, with all of that in mind, and having taken a couple of days annual leave from work, I hopped on the treadmill this afternoon for a nice easy 30 min jog, covering 3.09 km with no walk breaks. Still slow, I know, but it will do for now.

How’s your training going? Have you ever had to run past your house during a long race? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

20 Minute Treadmill Trot

After this weekend’s morale boosting 20 minute run on the treadmill, I decided to have another go this evening. 20 minutes, slow jog, no walk breaks.

I kept the speed at 6.5 kilometres per hour, which isn’t much faster than a brisk walk, but at this stage that was more than plenty for me. I covered just over 2 kilometres and by the time I was done, I was well and truly done in!

Fortunately, the treadmill is set up in the living room, behind the couch, so I didn’t have far to collapse once I’d finished.

So, yes, I’ve definitely got a long way to go before I’m back on track, but it’s a start, and that’s good enough for now.

How’s your training going? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Jump to Week 5

What is it going to take to get me motivated this year?

Up until now, I’d assumed that my procrastination with running had been down to the recent bouts of bad weather – wind, rain and more winds that were so strong that the weather people even started naming them. But that didn’t really make sense. I mean, this time last year I was running along the seafront for over two hours at a time, with wind, rain and waves crashing on the promenade and it didn’t bother me at all.

Still, I am getting older (aren’t we all) so I put my sudden dislike of bad weather down to old age and bought myself a treadmill to try to combat the problem. But almost three weeks after buying the treadmill, I’ve hardly used it. So what’s going on?

It took me a while to figure it out, but I think that the problem is that I’m too impatient. I just can’t be bothered starting over with Couch to 5K again and again and again. So, this morning I decided to try something different. I decided that I would just run on the treadmill (very slowly) until I didn’t feel like running any more.

I started with a couple of minutes walking, just to warm up, before upping the speed to 6.5 km/h. I know, that’s not much faster than walking pace, but the idea was to go slowly to see how long I could keep running for. This is another good thing about the treadmill, as there’s no temptation to engage in secret races with other runners while training, so staying slow is not a problem.

To my surprise, I managed to run for about 20 minutes, which is what you have to do in Week 5, Day 3 of C25K. This gave me a huge lift as it means that if I want to follow C25K, I only have to do another three weeks! In total I covered 2.4K in 25 minutes (including about 5 mins of walking) which is ridiculously slow, but I don’t really care. The important thing is to get running and keep running, no matter what the pace.

In terms of a training plan though, I’ve decided not to have one for the time being. I need to get back to running because I want to, not because the training plan is telling me to. Once I’m back up to speed mentally as well as physically, I’ll think about it, but for now I just want to have some fun with it.

How’s your running and training going? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.