The gravity of the situation dawns on me!

It’s 7 (& a half) weeks to go until Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, and I’ve fallen off the wagon. I could blame work, actually I will blame work as I was cracking along great guns until this whole help out in Edinburgh for a few weeks turned permanent move came up; and that has thrown a spanner in the works. Really, it has! Longer hours, mentally & physically challenging and draining and extended travel by train has caused my weekly mileage to plummet. I was working up well to maintain 60-70 mile weeks, ready to start pushing that to the 100 mark a few times, but now over the last 3 weeks I’ve been lucky to hit 40! Not ideal preparations. I have signed up for crossfit, and I’ve been 3 times (over 3 weeks)….the problem with a new form of exercise is the serious muscle pain afterwards (DOMS). Last week after a monster ‘Leg O’clock’ session of squats I couldn’t move for 3 days! I think I’m thorough the worst of it now though. I did manage to get a couple of runs in and even enthusiastically went via Morrison’s to stock up on 5kg of rice for some weighted bag training (finished with 2 miles if that which was a real killer). I also managed to get into the steam room for one session, 10 mins followed by 5 mins, which was long enough to reduce me to a sweating, trembling mess.  I’ve had a nice relaxing bank holiday weekend, getting in a 15 miler and a 6 miler in Formby through the sand dunes (which was a wake up call in itself), so feeling ready and raring to go. The final purchases have been made for the event, including food. Thanks Mountain House and Expedition Foods for your sponsorship discounts, it certainly helped, and look forward to giving some feedback on the products soon. The backpack (Raidlight Runner-R-Light 30L from Racekit) can be filled once this all arrives this week and we can start practising with our ‘dry’ pack weight on. I’ve tried out my new New Balance Leadville’s, see my review here, ready for the big event and all my clothing is tried & tested too. I’m scared, I’m worried and very mindful that 7 weeks is not long, but still long enough. It’s now or never. I’ve got a great level of fitness, but I need to push on now for a good 5-6 weeks, getting back to LSR (long slow runs) and B2B’s (back to backs) regardless of time constraints or energy levels, there’s nothing wrong with running late into the night or getting up extra early right? The Kalahari desert won’t forgive! And back to better eating, get into my crossfit for my 2 sessions each week, and start up this dreaded Bikram Yoga. I say dreaded as for one I’m not a yoga fan and two, the heat element! My slackness in training has meant I had nothing to blog about, hence the nervous, panicky blog today! I promise to you and myself that I will be better!

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A week of ups and downs

Coming down off the adrenaline rush that was Adidas Thunder Run was always going to be a tough week for the mileage.

With only 42 miles in the bag for this week, its a pretty low mileage week but I was feeling pretty knackered all in all.  I did make good use of my runs, as I am setting up some jogging routes for my hotel (who else should be tasked with this except me?) and have used Map my Run to get these underway.  A great little tool that you can use to either pre map a route, or run with it on and it logs your route and you can have this on a map and see your elevation etc.

Work has been a killer, being on my feet all day running around the hotel, moving beds, you name it has been draining my energy, so have had to have a bad week.

I did however join up to Crossfit in Edinburgh!  Did my fundamentals session on Thursday night, and got to a session on Sunday which was great.  Super tough!  I was sore after fundamentals, which wasn’t even a session, it was just showing me the ropes!  Sundays session was great, we did 10 repeats of 100m run, 7 x pull ups, 7 x 25kg front squats, 7 x handstand press-ups!  Ran the mile there and mile back and finished it off with a 25km cycle on the stationary bike.  I am well and truly beasted now!  I’m really pleased I have joined, I think the body needs something different to just running to knock it up a gear, so have signed up for 2 sessions a week, would love to make it 3, but lets see how the time constraints go.

I am looking forward to getting home next week to try on my New Balance Leadville 1210, that they have kindly given to me to use for the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon.  I was going to unpack them for TR24, but thankfully decided against that idea!  So they are waiting fresh as daisies at home in Manchester for me to come and try them out!!  Don’t they just look fab?!

New Balance Leadville 1210

New Balance Leadville 1210