Workout Soundtrack: –
32.2km 3:30:25 (Country to Capital, session 13)
I said yesterday that it was today or not at all for a pre-Country to Capital long run! So, I did it. I went out and I ran past my usual training comfort zone of 25km max and covered 20 miles with a few walk breaks and two stops – first to take a photograph of a lovely bit of trail and the second to get a photograph with a deer!
Anyway, I’m sitting here feeling pretty tired and cold so I’m just going to put a few bullet points out there and be done with it for the day:
- When I left my house it was -1°C.
- When I returned it was 2°C but felt much colder – I think my body had lost it’s capacity to regulate temperature after I slowed.
- I lost the feeling in my feet at about 10 miles thanks to waterlogged and very muddy trail sections so I am now going to purchase some trail gaiters to use at C2C.
- I lost the feeling in my hands and fingers at about 25km so I’m purchasing an additional pair of gloves to keep in my dry sack for the race.
- I am going to purchase a running beanie hat to change into around the half way point at C2C. In addition I will be packing a small towel to dry my hair and feet at this point too as I will be changing into fresh socks if conditions are anything like they were today.
- Following trail markers is an easy way to clock up the miles…but sometimes it’s more fun to go right off piste and go bushwacking in search of a trail that you know is just over there!
- I took on board what I learned from my first ultra back in August and mostly power hiked the ups and ran the downs.
- I like running on single track.
- I hate running on grass and through ankle deep mud.
- Although trail running is great once in a while this is largely down to the views and the lack of people and noise. I think it is safe to conclude that I am definitely more comfortable running on the road because I like to run and race at a regular pace with some surges thrown in. Trail running, at this distance, is far too stop/start in my opinion.
- I covered 20 miles on a bowl of porridge, a banana and a tangerine for breakfast and then 1 litre of water during the run itself. I really need to remember to put fuel in as I’m running during ultras!
- To conclude, I woke up with zero motivation to run far or to run trail so therefore I’m sitting here feeling pretty accomplished and happy – this was probably the most difficult trail run I’ve ever done due to the conditions so I’m hoping for a bit more solid ground at Country to Capital…if not, oh well!
I hope the weekend trails and roads have treated you all well! Enjoy the week 🙂
Peace & Blessings x