Wednesday 15th April 2015

12.5km 25:09 – time does not include 5×1.5km hill repeats (Ox Ultra 56k, session 2)

Friday I did trail intervals and today, hill repeats. Regular readers may be asking ‘What has happened to you?!’ – well dear reader, I have found inspiration to train in a more structured and focused way from a number of sources over the past couple of weeks and I’m putting this into action!

Firstly, I was hugely inspired watching Elisabet Barnes win every stage of Marathon des Sables this year. Secondly, I came across Travis Macy and ‘The Ultra Mindset’ and found his ‘can-do, will-do’ attitude uplifting. Third, I don’t really know how to say it, but I just feel more connected to the running community now than I ever have done and that has made me feel good about myself, the world in general and particularly the ultra-running world/community – there are so many good people out there running far, training hard, doing great things for those in worse positions than themselves and that’s from the front of the pack right to the person slogging it out at the back of a hundred miler and just making it before the cut-off. I have been having a bit of tough time lately and running, and the ultra community, has lifted me out of the pit I sometimes find myself sliding into. I was speaking with Gabrielle and starting to put together my Grim Reaper 70 race plan last night and she said it was so great to hear me being positive and I replied: “What can I say? Running helps me to relax and focus on the less serious side of life!”

This morning I was up bright and early and heading out the door for a morning of psycho-metric testing that is part of the assessment and interview process for a wonderful job I’m going for – it was not so bad and I got a feel for the place I may end up working in. I must say that it is one of the best facilities I have had the pleasure of visiting during my career in homelessness/mental health so far! Fingers crossed that my interview goes well on Friday morning. I went to my assessment this morning well prepared for preparing for my workout! I took along some homemade mushroom dal and two bottles of cold water so that by the time I got home I was fully hydrated and fueled for the run. As soon as I got through the door I got changed into my short shorts (hurray for hot weather and sunshine) and tech-tee and then had a cup of coffee and did some trunk mobility foam rolling before heading out.

It was so good to get out for the first time in three days and I was glad to feel the trail under my feet after a short 1km road hop to my local trails. I had a good idea of the workout I was going to do and decided to do 4 repeats on a section I call Up-Down-Up. This section is literally just 2 klicks from my front door and runs for 75m, I figured I could do an out and back kind of session which would mean each repeat covering 1.5km and about 41m each time. Below is the data from each set – I ended up pushing myself and doing 5×1.5km instead of the four as I figured while I was out there and the weather was so beautiful why not?! I can’t say that I struggled too much over the first two repeats, I tried to keep my pace as quick as I could on the uphills and tried to keep it fairly conservative on the downs which worked out well on all the sets, it’s just that sets 3 and 4 were hard going – I was feeling pretty hot (it’s the hottest day of the year so far here) and pretty thirsty so I took a little bit of a longer rest after set 4 to breathe deeply, take on some water and get my mind back in the game for set 5!

Ox Ultra 55k, session 2 (5x Hill Repeats)

Ox Ultra 55k, session 2 (5x Hill Repeats)

After set 5, I took on some more water, took off my tech-tee and did a bit of stretching before setting off on my warm-down run to home. It felt so good to be running shirtless for the first time this year! Tomorrow I’ll be hitting the trail for a nice easy effort of around 12 klicks, maybe more, I’m just going to see how I feel and then Friday will be trail intervals much like last week!

Happy Wednesday good people. I hope the week has treat you all well so far!

Peace & Blessings

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