running

Bring on ultra #2

Training officially started today for my second ultra of 2022! It started with a rest day so I think it’s safe to say that it’s going well so far.

It’s 12 weeks until Race to the Stones, which will be the furthest I’ll have ever run, walked or crawled. It’s a step on again from the 40 mile ultras that I’ve completed so far as we’re completing the whole 100K in one go and will be going through the night. All my previous ultras have been in the daylight so running at night-time on uneven ground will be a new experience.

The Race to the Stones is 100k across the North Wessex Downs from Lewknor to Avebury, taking in the Uffington White Horse, Liddington Castle and Barbury castle. The race finishes, funnily enough, at the stones at Avebury.

Race to the Stones route (courtesy of the Threshold website)

I drafted my training plan last night, using the plan that Threshold have provided, with a couple of tweaks because of bits and pieces I’ve got on. I do worry I’ve bitten off more than I can chew as it’s such a long way but the other part of me knows that it’ll test me to the max and that with the support of the friends that I’ll be with I’ll get through to the end.

The thing that I’ve struggled with when planning was writing in the strength training. It’ll be key to making sure that I can keep going. I’m going to have to change the way that I complete my training as normally I run or do my strength training in the mornings before work. By the time I get home from work and the boys are in bed I’m done for the day. I think I’m going to have to either get up even earlier or split my training out so I do some at lunchtime or in the evenings. The plan has suggested splitting the 45 minute strength training into three 15 minute sessions, which I think I could probably manage more easily.

I’m really looking forward to getting started after having two weeks rest with some gentle runs. I know I’m ready to start as I’ve been getting major FOMO when looking at some of the other races people have been completing. Also we went for a walk in the woods over the Easter break and I couldn’t help but think how lovely it would be to run along there.

I’m aiming to get out onto the Wales Coast Path again, which was my training ground for the VOGUM, as I think the terrain will be similar to the Race to the Stones. I can’t wait to pull on my trail shoes and get going now. It’ll be a few weeks before I’m on the trail but I’ll get there.

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