I just signed up for an Ultra

Now every year I go away in March and October to the other half parents for two weeks, mainly to recharge more than anything.

Since I took up running thought, I have tried my best to find races at the same time so that I could recharge while also doing what I loved, running. Turns out there seems to be no races in March next year, or if there are I just cannot find them.

Ok tell a lie could do the Draycote 10K again but it would only be to beat my time and not for the medal as I have a sneaky suspicion that the medal is the same as the one I already have sadly, and well it wasn’t filling me with the excitement I normally get with a running race.

I did find another race though, the Swan Challenge and boy howdy, yeahhhhh I have ummed and arrhhed about this one.

So the idea is you have 6 hours to complete as many laps of the 3.2miles route. It’s a challenge against yourself. You can do one lap for a 5K, two for 10K, four for a half or 8 for a marathon.

Me I’m going to stupidly aim for 10, or more. Gotta put the or more in there because I will be doing everything in my power to get the more in lol.

It took me a long while to sign up because well I just didn’t think I could do it and well I still don’t think I can but I’m certain with some training (actual training) I’ll be able to do something amazing and well if not, it’s a challenge against myself noone else so it’s going to be exciting to see what I can do.

Draycote Water 10K – Race Report

I’ll start this one off with this is the first race I did in my married name! One day after we got married, I’m always grateful for the other half for putting up with me and my races! Now back onto the race report!

Now you probably already realised that the Leicester Half Marathon was cancelled due to flooding, which must of been drastic as last year the weather was horrendous and the race still went ahead.

I personally feel that they made the right decision if they felt that it wasn’t passable, as it was my sister had booked the weekend off and travelled all the way over from the Isle of Man just to race it with me. So I felt doubly bad with it not going ahead. We spent the day together which was lovely looking around the museum but it wasn’t what we originally wanted to do and well the weather was perfect so it made it feel even more of a meh day!

I already knew that my sister was going to be back for our wedding and was going to be here for a few extra days so I started to look for races within Leicester that were easy to get to and would add something good to our race portfolio.

The Draycote 10K seemed to do this, it was sold as “Warwickshire’s best kept secret for road runners, Draycote Water offers smooth, flat road with stunning reservoir and countryside views.”

I woke up on the 13th to the rain, a LOT of rain, oh dear. Now I knew it was supposed to be raining but I wasn’t expecting Leicester 2018 half marathon rain!

Travelling up to Draycote was actually more easier than I expected and only took us 45 minutes from Leicester, I was more surprised at how many people were in the car park as by now the rain was lashing it down! I meet up with my sister who had travelled up from the campsite in Wales and we got our race numbers (turns out now I’m a Porter I get a lower number than my sister!) and went for shelter till the race started.

The race started a couple of minutes early and we ran along side the water till it meet up with the main road then ran back around on the main road.

The two photo’s above were taken at the 2km point, the other half told us I had to check my watch when we past the 2km sign which we did. I was rather puzzled by this and once we had finished I asked the other half why we did this and he said that it was what all the fast racers were doing!! They must of been checking that they were on the pace they required!

I was already knackered by this point and could defiantly feel it in my chest, so I was just aiming to a) run it all as I have a problem with doing this during my training and b) just to do a time I would be happy with 1h 15 – 1h 20 was what I wanted. Not as quick as my PB but still at a pace I was happy with.

One day I’ll take a good finishing photo! My problem is that I’m already so knackered that when I’m sprinting it really is the last of my energy. Can’t quite help but make the pained faces, ah well at least I’m not fake in my emotions. As you can see I finished prior to my target which makes me very happy! My fastest 10K was 1h 9 so the fact I managed to do this one in 1h 14 makes me super super happy!

The course itself was very up and down with some of the hills being quite sharp, which was actually quite good for us this time around, only because I felt so bad with my chest that if it was just a flat run I’d probably given up way before the end. Only because the hills added a bit of variety.

I’m also really glad that it was only one lap too, God only knows what I would of done if it was more. You can also see how much I started to tire throughout the race as my pace was 11ish then went down to 12 and a half ish.

Randomly I normally run race starts at 10 something so I must of been feeling the chest straight from the start.

It turns out Draycote Water do these 10K’s almost every month so when I’m back in March I think if I don’t find anything else to do I would be tempted as even though I was knackered I did enjoy the run!

Training Diary – Only the World Knows

Ok soooooo I’ve not been putting anything up because well I lost motivation somewhere and haven’t really got it back, as it is I’m suffering with what must be a chest infection.

Oh the joys of winter!

Well Disney is not far away at all and well I’m shit scared I’m not going to be able to run it ekkkk, so I’d better buck my ideas up! So I bring you the first week in my training diary, which I will be keeping (promise!) So if you remember my previous blog post where I said what I was going to aim for well I’m still aiming for that, kinda.

Tuesday

Tuesday was the first of my short runs of which I only managed 3.5 miles and well I do feel like my chest gave up. I stopped half way and sent my other half a text saying how hard the run was and that I was going back, yep that’s never happened before! Today was also the day my mum got to open the post to see if I got into the London Marathon, spoiler alert, I didn’t! Ahhhh well there will always be next year, hopefully!

Saturday

So I didn’t run again all week, my chest has been suffering and as I’m on holiday all I’ve been doing is having a lemsip and taking cough syrup. Really hoping that I can sort this cold out! Kinda typical, think I got one the same time last year as well!

Also I got married woooop, not your normal wedding but perfect for us.

Sunday

Sunday my sister travelled up from Wales to meet me so that we could run the Draycote 10K, we we’re both still very much feeling meh after Leicester being cancelled. I’m still undecided on whether I’m going to run the virtual run or not, I feel a wee bit strange about getting a medal for running it even though I’m not if you get what I mean….. Anyhow we still wanted a run and well I still wanted to wear my t-shirt otherwise it would of been a waste so we found the Draycote 10K to run. I’ll do a separate race report on it later.

This week hasn’t been perfect with regards to training I do understand that, but I’ve tried my best, I’m hoping to get out more next week and only time will tell. When I’m back home I will be doing a better plan of action and I will also be on a diet. I defiantly know they don’t need each other but I’ve managed to put on a wee bit of weight and I think it might be one of the reasons I’m running so badly. I also know that I feel better running when my diet is healthier.

Disney Training – The Plan

So this week is the week, the week we start training and I thought now would be as good time as any to explain how we are going to train for the Dopey Challenge.

In the first instance one thing to remember is that it will be getting cold here quite soon and we live in the Isle of Man so there is no way really for us to train how to run in the humidity. We’re obviously just going to wing it when we get there and hope for the best!

I found our training plan online, I think it might be the actual one Disney gives you but I’ve changed it slightly, instead of doing the run, walk, run we are just going to run and if that is to much we’ll just learn to run, walk, run. We’ve never ran a full marathon before, so however excited I am, I’m also a wee bit scared about it all! I’ve also changed the 45 minutes run to 4 Miles, as that’s basically the same for me, not so much my sister, she’s fast but it will work for me.

So we have 20 weeks till we go to Disney, is now a good time to panic???!!

Jesus I didn’t realise it was so close till I counted it lol.

Week 1 19th – 25th August
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – 9 Miles

Week 2 26th – 1st September
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – 3 Miles

Week 3 2nd – 8th September
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 11 Miles

There is the potential that because Sunday is the day of the End2End that I am supporting the other half so won’t be able to do both LLAG or the run but we will see!

Week 4 9th – 15th September
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 3 Miles

Week 5 16th – 22nd September
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 13 Miles

Week 6 23rd – 29th September
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 3 Miles

Week 7 30th – 6th October
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run

Ok this is where the training get’s interesting!! I’m of to Leicester on the 4th/5th (not booked the boat yet so unsure on which day lol), and well if it’s the 4th I can get a Park Run in and if it’s the 5th I wont be able to. Then again it doesn’t really matter which option I take because on the 6th I’ve got the Leicester Half Marathon and I want to do my best ever in this event. As long as we keep going back to the other half’s parents in Leicester in October I will be doing this event and with it being my first ever half I think it’s a really good way to see my progression.

Failing any of the above, my diary say’s were supposed to do 15 Miles so once we’ve ran the Half Marathon we’ll (my sister is coming over to just do the event with me) do the other 2.5 miles. Glutton for punishment, I’m certain of it lol.

Week 8 7th – 13th October
Still on Holiday
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – 3 Miles

Week 9 14th – 20th October
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – 17 Miles
So we’re still on holiday for this long run and when I talked to the other half on what I could do, I came up with the idea of running around Rutland water, which is around exactly 17 miles. Woop Woop. He’s going to go and cycle and I’m going to run. I’m really looking forward to it.

Week 10 21st – 27th October
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 5 Miles

Week 11 28th – 3rd November
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 6 Miles

Week 12 4th – 10th November
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – 20 Miles

Week 13 11th – 17th November
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 7 Miles

Week 14 18th – 24th November
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 10 Miles

Week 15 25th – 1st December
Tuesday – 4 Mile Run

Block 1 – First Block, eeeekkkkk
Thursday – 4 Miles
Friday – 4 Miles
Saturday – 10 Miles
Sunday – 23 Miles

Not only does the 23 Miles freak me out but that block is serious!

Week 16 2nd – 8th December
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 6 Miles

Week 17 9th – 15th December
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – 7 Miles

We’re in Berlin for the Christmas Markets this weekend so I am hoping we can get a foreign Park Run in and a little pottle around somewhere for the 7 Miles.

Week 18 16th – 22nd December
Tuesday – 4 Mile Run

Block 2 – Second Block, super ekkkkk
Thursday – 4 Miles
Friday – 5 Miles
Saturday – 12 Miles
Sunday – 26 Miles (not even going to think of this mileage!!)

Week 19 23rd – 29th December (Happy Christmas!)
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 6 Miles

Week 20 30th – 5th January
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 7 Miles

Then on the 6th we’re flying out ekkkkk, so that’s it for now. I’m going to try my hardest to keep to this and if I want to do a couple of more runs in or miles then I will do!

I’ll also be doing cross training during this, which will mostly be cycling and weight lifting.