The Ultramate Challenge – long distance running here I come

See what I did there?

I’ve come to realise my running group are a seriously bad influence when it comes to entering races. We’re in lockdown and I’ll have earned more medals in three months than I would have done for the whole of last year.

Joking aside, I absolutely love them for it because it means I push myself and challenge where I think my limits lie.

So what does a full time working mum with both children at home and limited spare time do? Enter an ultra of course! And another long distance run as well. In for a penny, in for a pound.

After very little persuading I’ve entered the Dixon’s Carphone Virtual Race To The Stones run. 100k across seven days. Ok, so it’s not your traditional ultra where you have to cover all the miles in one go. But, for someone whose longest race is a half marathon and who only runs three times a week, covering 100k (62.13 miles if you prefer imperial) across seven days is going to be a challenge. There were half marathon and full marathon distances as well but I really fancied the longer option.

I’m planning on mostly running the miles, possibly in two sessions a day, to fit around my family and work. I’ll walk some of it as well. It works out at just under nine miles a day. Which I think is doable. Two 5ks in a day is manageable…she says.

That was one of the big take away’s from reading Lowri Morgan’s book Beyond Limits and talking to her at our book club evening. When you break things down into chunks it feels more manageable. More on this when I’ve finished the book as it’s so inspiring it deserves its own post.

I’m looking forward to the week but also feeling quite apprehensive about it too. I think it will really push me mentally and physically.

The Virtual Race To The Stones run is being held between 6 and 12 July 2020 so there’s plenty of time to enter.

I’m also completing the End to End Wales Coast Path Virtual Challenge. Why do one long race when you can do two right?

The Wales Coast Path Virtual Challenge is 870 miles across one year, which is equivalent to the length of the path. Whilst we have a while year to complete it that still works out at just over 16 miles a week. I should manage it without too many issues. I’ve already completed 16 miles in week one and the ultra will give me a boost in distance.

What I love about the Wales Coast Path Virtual Challenge is that it’s really interactive. There’s a map which plots how far you’ve gone based on the miles you provide after each run or walk and you get electronic post cards along the way from different places.

The Wales Coast Path Virtual Challenge started on 17 June 2020 and I think you can still enter now.

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