Friday, 21 September 2012

Running Plans

Likely events for 2013 are:

2012 Runs

The Llantysilio Fell Race was on the same day as the Excalibur Marathon which was the one I chose. I really liked it especially as recces led me to lots of unknown paths right on my own patch near work. The race was a mix of walkers and runners with lots of groups and staggered starts (every 15 minutes I think).

The SIPR was a pure pleasure. Light winds gave me and Steve plenty of rest on the boat and almost all of our running was in daylight. Steve was running well and I was in good form. As usual Steve's navigation was spot on. Adverse tides round the Mull of Kintyre led to a four hour period where we made no headway. "Rustle & Run" finished 20th overall (4th in class) and our running time was 10th fastest.

I chose to miss the Welsh 1000 this year insted happy to do a few runs round the canals - Northwich, Middlewich, Winsford, Back to Northwich.

Having finished the L100 in 2010 & 2011 I DNF this year quite early on. On reflection there was a mismatch between my mental and physical preparation in the five weeks leading up the the race. A short term digestive health issue stopped my running over this period and I happily watch the Tour de France coverage and convinced myself I'd just done I slightly abrupt and thorough taper. I was so much looking forward to it I didn't sleep much and remembering my earlier good form I started quickly, fell on hard times early on and gave up. What a bad idea! I've learned from it and I got my place booked for 2013.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Ring o Fire

I'd entered the Ring O Fire in Early Spring on a whim but after the L100 DNF it took on a new significance. I had one sole and clear objective and that was to NEVER GIVE UP. I didn't feel like training and I only did one 3 mile run between the L100 and the RoF. I printed out the maps (over 30 pages) studied the route and set off feeling confident and determined that I was not going to DNF volenterily.

It's an amazing route, event and team of organisers. Starting off fully committed made such a difference not just to the outcome but to my enjoyment. Time after time I found myself living right in the moment with no need to think of what was to come beyond running round each bit of coast I could see. Slow and steady saw me through but with the long day being 64 miles I knew I didn't have time to walk much of it. I super event which has sleep planned into it, ice-cream vans and wonderful coastal seascapes. Thank you so much to Bing, Q, Rich, all the marshals, supporters and other runners.