Sunday 1st March 2015

Workout Soundtrack: –

22.25km 2:12:45 (South Downs Way 50, session 6)

This was a tough, tough run for me as you can probably see by the time I logged it in! Part of my route was on yesterday’s race course and then onwards to some woods that I used to play in as a kid! I haven’t been up there since I was about 13 or 14 years old and just felt drawn to them so off I went. I couldn’t get a rhythm once I got off road because the trails were so muddy and boggy but I didn’t let it phase me – I resolved to just mellow the pace a little, take some pictures and practice some power hiking on sections where it was either super muddy or just on the uphill.

I had only really planned an out and back 10km but I think in the back of my mind I knew I was going to run much further than that because I ran with my Inov8 RaceElite waist pack with two Gu gels and my trail jacket in case the weather turned – you just don’t pack that stuff unless your going long! Anyway, this is the first long run I’ve done since Country to Capital 45 on January 17th and although the pace was nothing to write home about it felt good to log some miles above 10. I’m building up to a pre-South Downs Way long run of 26 miles which I hope to do two weeks before the race which takes place on April 4th – after that long run I’ll be taking it pretty easy and hanging back on the run mileage. Heck, I’m not even a high mileage runner compared to most other ultra-peeps I know!

So, things I learned on today’s long run:

  1. I need a bigger handheld bottle or I need to carry two. I had to stop at a store around the 10 mile mark to buy a bottle to fill up the handheld I was carrying. I dehydrate very quickly even at slower paces and it tends to show itself in my hands as my fingers become very sore, and in my lips that just feel constantly dry.
  2. Gu is magical. I knew this anyway but this run confirmed it.
  3. Although number 2 is true I’m still more of a High5 guy – I prefer the consistency. Gu’s are for treats and High5 is for getting the job done!
  4. Running in mud is tough the day after you’ve raced 5km and logged 10 miles.
  5. I prefer running my longer and slower runs without music. I started out listening to Rob Zombie, changed to some Hindu mantras and then just decided to switch off the MP3 player and felt much better for it.
  6. I needed this run to be long today. I’m so glad I didn’t turn around at 5 or 7km as I contemplated doing after struggling to find a rhythm.

That’s it for today dear reader! Short and sweet. Tomorrow will be a rest from running but I’ll probably hit the weights room at the gym to work on my back and shoulders.

I hope the weekend has treated you well and that Monday is gentle on you too!

Peace & Blessings x

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