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
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
Brand shiny new marathon PB!
26.2 miles, 3:53:55, 8:55 min/mile, 561ft elevation gain
This was my fourth time running Brighton Marathon. My fastest time being 4 hours & NINE seconds at my first attempt in 2013. Me & Brighton had serious issues. I was desperate to go sub-4hr but it had beaten me on three previous occasions.
The most spectacular positive split…
26.2 miles, 4:17:34, 9:49 min/mile, 0ft elevation gain (ha ha ha ha ha!)
When you discover a London based marathon organised by the excellent Hermes Races that is on your actual birthday the temptation to enter is just too great… Originally I entered telling myself that it would be a good training run, albeit one with aid stations & a medal at the end! Continue reading
So this was, if you like, my first NDW training race. Oh. What have I let myself in for…
Three Molehills, aka ‘three massive hills’. It’s a race with a difference. Teams of three compete over the three hills in the Mole Valley: Box Hill, Norbury Park & Ranmore, starting & finishing at Denbies vineyard. Each team member picks a hill to run. Or, if you’re crazy you run the whole thing as an individual… Uh huh… Yep. crazy here…
14.3 miles, 2:14:36, 9:22 min/mile, Elevation 1,573ft (aka high…).