So I just finished work at 01.15a.m. on Sunday June 15th, my 39th Birthday. The last couple of years of running have seen improvements I wasn’t sure that I was still capable of. The willpower and discipline has been up and down and the results have been an equal rollercoaster. But, from where I started I have come along way. Initially running only a couple of miles at a time, eventually building to 10k. The time for that 10k then slowly dropping from 1 hour 5 minutes to 41 minutes 47 seconds over a 2 year period and the distance building up to marathon distance. Then I started to read and think about ultra running, went to Scotland and ran 35 miles and entered Challenge Running’s Stort 30 ultra.
I have recently been back to Scotland and covered the 35 mile run again. So, to what and where is my 40th year going to lead in respect to my running?
I generally do lots of treadmill speedwork over winter and try and aim for some spring PB’s. That is what happened this year setting new 10k, half marathon and marathon PB’s. As the year progresses I Like to do a mix of 10k’s and some long distance races and more recently looking at doing ultras. I have a loose plan mapped out for the rest of this year which is mainly concentrating on doing ultras. I have now signed up for the Saffron Trail ultra http://www.challenge-running.co.uk/saffron-trail/ a run from Southend on the Essex coast to Saffron Walden, approximately 70 miles. I have been out training over various sections of the route, the last two legs are my local home area so I run these parts quite regular already.
Wanting to do more ultras some carry conditions that you need to have run a specified distance before entering. I need to complete the Saffron Trail before being able to move on to other challenges. My drawn out plan that fits time off, work and family commitments is July 12th Saffron Trail – 70 miles, 16th August Stour Valley Path – 62 miles (2 UTMB points), September 27th Cotswold Way – 102 miles (4 UTMB points) and the Stort 30 on October 26th. When I gain the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc points this will qualify me to run the CCC http://www.ultratrailmb.com/page/21/CCC%C2%AE.html next year. To run the UTMB you need to have gained 7 points from no more than 3 races so I won’t be able to qualify this year.
The CCC route http://www.nexxtep.fr/UTMB/FR/Reperages/CCC/
So the year ahead is looking exciting and most definitely challenging. I just need to continue with long steady miles, including the odd 10k and club night for a bit of speed. And to try as best as possible to stay injury free. I have no idea how this will pan out as time goes on, I don’t know if I can get through 70 miles let alone 102 miles. What I do know is I will never find out thinking and fearing what may be sitting at home in a chair. I need to get out there and do it.
Feel the fear and do it anyway!!