The Ox Ultra: pre-race ramblings

Well, May has been a month of ups and downs on the training front – probably as much as tomorrow’s race is going to be a case of ups and downs!

The first 2 weeks or so of May were great and followed on from a strong training block at the end of April – I felt as though I was getting a lot stronger and that my speed was on the increase too thanks to much more focused workouts. Alas, this was not to last as I came down with a virus late on in May which took me right out of any form of training for 12 days. Now, I know this is going to be looked at as sandbagging in case I don’t do so well tomorrow but I can safely say this is not the case – good training block or bad for any race, I just toe the line and give it everything I’ve got regardless! So, tomorrow will be just the same.

I haven’t enjoyed too many runs these past 2 weeks but I know that come 0830hrs on Sunday morning I’ll be raring to go and although I may feel some discomfort early on I’m certain I’ll be able to push through that and leave it all on the trail by the time I’ve crossed the finish line some (hopefully) five and change hours later!

The thing I’m most looking forward to this weekend is the fact that Gabrielle and I will be racing together once more. I cannot wait to see how she does over her first half marathon, especially considering it’s not the easiest being on a hilly trail route! Whatever happens we’re going to enjoy a weekend away from laptops, phone calls and the distractions of the 21st century – we’re staying in an eco-hut in a small copse which is about 15 minutes drive from race HQ so the scenery and solitude will be most welcome along with the peace, quiet and rural village setting.

There isn’t much more I can add to this pre-race post! I will add that Sunday marks the exact one year anniversary of giving up my faithful friend Loki to Battersea Dogs Home. I will be racing over the rolling hills of Wiltshire with the intention of lowering my current 50km personal best time of 5:13 and aiming for a top 10 finish. Loki will be on my mind from sunrise to sunset tomorrow and when the going gets tough I’ll be imagining him running alongside me and helping me to push on to raise funds for Battersea Dogs Home!

Peace & Blessings x

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