I started writing this post on Saturday evening, lying in bed drinking pink gin in a tin & eating crisps (don’t judge, I had just run 50 miles…!). Those words were very different to the words I write here. Sometimes a few days of reflection are needed to rationalise thoughts, feelings & emotions. I write for myself, no one else, & as much to remember my adventures as anything else. So here goes my South Downs Way 50 story, mark II… Continue reading
I sit here one week before the South Downs Way 50 & have I blogged about it over the past 17 weeks…? Nope! Ah well…
So with one week to go how am I feeling? Continue reading
I *totally* get the irony of calling a 50km race a training run, but that is exactly what the XNRG Humanity Direct Ultra was. On the 10th March, four weeks before the SDW50, I lined up on the start line ready for my longest ‘training’ run & what would hopefully become my second longest run ever. Oh, it was also my ‘birthday’ run… What better way to celebrate turning 38 the next day than to run 50km! Continue reading
It’s twelve months since I first started writing this blog, nearly six months since the NDW50 & I’m about to embark on training my next challenge. NDW50’s sister race, the SDW50.
I’ve had a great summer of running, but it’s been just that, running. I never wanted to be writing about every mile I covered, so I haven’t. This blog is more about the runs that I do that challenge me, that push me, that take me outside of my comfort zone & beyond. The running that I do that I want to remember. Continue reading
One of the things I love about travelling is running to explore. I have to admit I’ve not done as much of it as I would like – I didn’t really run when I visited exciting places like Havana & Mexico City – but now, one of the first things I do is pour over a map looking for good running routes!
I know Toronto reasonably well & until Brighton this year Toronto held my marathon PB from 2014. I’d run the marathon but had never really ‘run’ Toronto. I was excited to get out & see some of the city.
One week, five runs, 44 miles but only a tiny percentage of the city! Continue reading
This story all started a little less than 12 months ago with a tweet saying “I may have just done something a little bit silly”. I started writing as I thought it was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience & I wanted to document it, to remember it, to capture my thoughts, feelings & emotions. A story with a start, a middle & an end, race day, the NDW50 2017.
I should have known better. Continue reading
22 miles, 4:11:42, 11:26 min/mile, 2,400 ft elevation gain
When it’s the hottest day of the year so far what’s the best thing to do…? I’d like to say 22 miles on the NDW & whilst I enjoyed it, 30+ degrees was just a little too warm!
At 6:30am I jumped on the first train outta Norwood Junction that headed to towards the Downs. Arriving in Caterham at 7:01 I hot footed it up the A22 to the Caterham Viewpoint, or as I now like to refer to it ‘Mile 38’. I walked rather than ran to my start line to stretch my legs a little, my right quad was feeling a bit tight & I wanted to stretch it out before I started running. Continue reading
A week ago I was running through fields & woodland, up & down hills, across stepping stones & up some steps. Smelling the scent of the wild garlic lining the paths, basking in the late afternoon sunshine.
A week ago I was running 50 miles. Continue reading
51 miles, 11:21:02, 13:21 min/mile, 5,600 ft elevation gain
Nine months after I entered on a bit of a whim, six months after I started training & we are finally here. Race Day.
I am nervous, so nervous. I have butterflies in my tummy. I am scared. I repeat to myself a phrase a friend said to me. It becomes my race mantra.
The body achieves what the mind believes. Continue reading
As I write this post it is five days until race day. FIVE DAYS! How the f**k did that happen?
My training is effectively done. I can do no more A few easy miles over the next few days to keep the legs moving & the mind happy but the main priority for the coming week is rest & recovery & preparing myself physically & mentally to run 50 miles next weekend.
It only seems a few weeks since I signed up for the race, since I started my training & now here we are.
How do I feel? Continue reading