Training appears to be going in the right direction which is excellent news. The real test for my foot was on the 9th April when I took part in the Glasgow to Edinburgh Ultra Marathon - 56 miles in under 12 hours.
I flew up to Edinburgh on the Thursday so I could spend time with my mother who lives there. On the Saturday morning my mother drove me up to Glasgow for the start of the race. On the way up I spotted a field full of PINK sheep, I thought I was seeing things so persuaded my mother to stop on the way back and take a photograph for me!! (they were real!)
We arrived with plenty of time to spare at Ruchill Park which was where registration was to take place and the start of the race. I met up with Rab Lee the mad Scotsman who always runs in a kilt, it was so lovely to meet him, I have "met" him on other forums so felt as if I knew him. I also met Mark Cooper which was really lovely.
After a few instructions about diversions we were sent on our way just after 9am. I was very relaxed (so I thought) about this race. For me it wasn't going to be a race that I "raced" it was another building block to my Badwater Double, a test for my foot. I certainly didn't feel that I had done enough proper training for me to give it some welly - as it were!
With the runners on their way the front runners headed off at a very fast pace together with a lady runner who looked strong so I just settled into my pace as there was no way I could run any faster - anyway this was only two mies into the run!
Things weren't going very well, my body kept on telling me it wasn't happy and wanted to stop. My stomach was feeling extremely uncomfortable and bloated, I was having problems with my right calf so all in all to be quite honest I wasn't enjoying myself, but I will always get myself if possible to the next CP then make a decision.
The first CP was at Auchinstarry Bridge 13.1 miles I filled my bottles with electrolytes (as it was hot) and my sustained Energy and went on my way. To cut a long story short I didn't enjoy the next section to CP2 the Falkirk Wheel 22.25 miles, but when I reached the CP there were so many people cheering us on and someone made me laugh which must have put a spring back in my step and I headed out of the CP feeling much more positive. I joined up with another runner at this stage which was lovely and we chatted and ran together for a while. We were then joined by yet another fellow Scot and the time seemed to fly by. Eventually I ended up on my own again but spirits were high by the time I got to CP3 33.75 miles. When I get this far into a race I always seem to pick up, only two more CPs to go then the finish - easy!!
I think everyone struggled more this year as the weather was unseasonably hot, 21 degrees. I went through CP4 then CP5 then finally on to the finish line. My mother and I had been to see the finish the day before so I could visualize it in my mind - finally the end was in sight, 2 miles to go, I picked up the pace and ran across the line in a time of 9hours 7 minutes, finishing 11th overall (65 starters) and 1st Lady. I didn't feel it was my best performance by a long way, but I had achieved my goal of finishing the race and my foot feeling great - job done!
G2E is a well organised race and has a fantastic atmosphere. I would like to say a big thank you to the organisers for putting on such a fab event, a big thank you to the other runners who entertained me and kept me going you were fantastic and to Scotland for giving us the amazing weather!
In a couple of weeks time I have a 101km trail race in Spain which I'm really looking forward to so have been upping my weekly distances, speed seems to be coming back (well for me that is!) and my breathing seems to have finally sorted itself out. My tyre is now set up so I can start incorporating tyre-dragging into my training, this I find works really well for strengthening my legs - my goodness is it hard though. When I was training for the Arctic I would do up to 4 hours at a time dragging my tyre round the forest, scared the horses and dogs though so would have to walk past them!
Have a very happy Easter and enjoy training in this fantastic weather.
Wow it sounds amazing, especially fighting the urge to stop with the initial lack of enjoyment! When you say up your training, what is your weekly training like? And when you up it? And dragging a tyre, you do this running? Amazing! And first female! Am in awe of you! KK : D
Hi KandiKane, thanks for your message :0) Because of the problem I have been having with my foot my weekly mileage at the moment is approx 100k per week, this week I have increased it to 130k. My aim is to get it back up to 160km (100 miles) per week until a month before Badwater when I will do two weeks of just over 200km.
I do run while tyre dragging, although do have to walk up some of the hills!! people give me some very funny looks and comments!!!!
Do you have any events coming up?
Just amazing is all I can say to that! Glad your foot is gradually getting there, and boy does Badwater look hardcore!
For me, all I can do is sit on the side lines for now, (awaiting some minor hip surgery) until am given the go ahead to run again.
For now I enjoy the blogs and am taking mental notes for when I can put them into action. Hope the training continues to go to plan, look forward to your next blog : D
Mimi, you're just amazing! I'm rubbish in hot weather and really admire people who can push through in the heat. I hope you'll post some pics of your tyre dragging on here soon!
Will try and get someone to take a photo of me tyre dragging!!!
Mimi, I have just joined the running bug, I used to compete in 100k races which I loved unfortuntely due to injury I had to stop however I have recently retired and i am gradully building up my weekly milage and I hope to compete in marathon in september just reading of all your acheivements make my feet itch and long to compete in ultras again. Good Luck in your future events.
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