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.

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.