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.
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.