I realise I haven’t posted for a while, but I’m still here, so thought it was time to check in with a quick update.
The training hasn’t been going too well over the last few weeks. There hasn’t been much running lately, although I did manage an out and back 30K walk/run along the coast a couple of weeks ago.
I won’t go into a blow by blow account, but let’s just say that I learned a few useful lessons for the 50K that’s coming up:
- Trim toenails a couple of days before the race
- Don’t forget the sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy.
- Prep feet with zinc oxide tape before going out.
- Check that running socks don’t have holes in them.
- Remember to pack the blister kit
In short, I got sunburn, blisters and almost lost a toenail, but apart from that it was kind of fun. And I got at least one good photograph.
The photograph was taken on the way out, at about 10K, looking back towards Saltdean. Brighton is further back beyond the cliffs in the distance, so I was feeling pretty good that I’d managed to tackle those hills that you can see.
Even though it was mostly walking, with some downhill running, it was good practice for the 50K as the first part of the race will be pretty much like this. Not that it’s going to be much of a race for me now, but it will still be fun running down all the hills.
How’s your training going? How do you prepare for long runs in the heat? Please share your thoughts in the comments.