Monday, 9 April 2018

20 Hilly Miles In The Rain



Four jam sandwiches, 2 mini sausage rolls, 8 jelly babies, 500 metres of climb, 1 litre of water and 3:39 hours later, I'd run twenty miles.

I would like to say that this makes the prospect of running 26.2 miles less of a big deal. It doesn't. I know I did a ten mile race yesterday and so running twenty today shows how my endurance capacity has improved, because even a month ago I would not have been able to cover thirty miles back-to-back in two days, but It was still a long old way today. I made it more difficult for myself because today's route was pretty hilly, but my mantra (learnt from M) is train hard, race easy and I stick to that. My marathon will have about half the elevation gain over a longer distance, so it will be much easier running, if a marathon can ever be described as easy.

I can now look forward to at least 48 hours of stuffing myself with food. Learning from last week, when I got back from the run I went to the shops and stocked up on lots of good things to eat. Pasta salads, coleslaw, bean salads, fresh pasta, cream, smoked salmon, lots of fresh veg and crisp apples and the odd bar of chocolate. Chiefly, though, I am looking forward to this....



Mmmm. A slightly battered salted caramel donut. My stomach won't notice the lack of perfection I'm sure :o)

Hope all are well? I'm now having a couple of days off to recharge the batteries, eat and sleep.

CT :o)



28 comments:

  1. Wow! Well done you, especially in the rain. A much deserved rest now. X

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    1. Thanks Jules. It was actually perfect running weather. You don't sweat much in the rain so fluid loss is minimal. I have a brilliant waterproof which was well worth investing in and kept me comfy today xx

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  2. You are amazing and an inspiration CT., very well done indeed, you are building endurance and stamina which will last you for ever. What is your recovery time back to a resting heartbeat at this level of running. I imagine because you run very steadily it is pretty quick? Enjoy that squished donut washed down with lots of hot tea.

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    1. Hi Sarah, thank you for your lovely comment. It means a lot, coming from one who knows about endurance. I've just had a look at my heart rate, resting is 47 bpm, highest today was 179 with average of 151, putting it slap in the middle of beneficial heart work out. It came back down quite quickly after stopping, but I wasn't running especially fast, just working harder for the hills. x

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  3. Oh My Goodness ! The miles, the rain and then the food !

    cheers, parsnip

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  4. Wow, you’ve covered three plus the distance of my 9K this morning, I’m mightily impressed on your stamina. No wonder you now need to refuel and rest. Something tells me next week will be even further . This marathon will be a doddle in May especially if you have gentler hills. Enjoy your rest :) B x

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    1. I don’t know about a doddle 😳. I’ll settle for achievable πŸ˜†πŸ€— x

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  5. Well done, what a perfect training ethos, training harder than necessary so the race is not so daunting.

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  6. I think it was Marshal Zhukov, famous for capturing Berlin, who coined train hard, fight easy.....that is what you are doing. I am amazed that you still have knees! Well done you.

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    1. Thanks 😬. Although it is a fallacy that running ruins knees. Oft repeated, but a fallacy none the less.

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  7. Thought for a moment it was a brain. The middle boy had one the other day (salted caramel doughnut, not brain), he reports that it was very good. Well done on the run, that's an amazing distance, I can't even imagine what it must be like to be able to run that far. WELL DONE YOU! Enjoy all the yummy things CT. CJ xx

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    1. They are a bit delicious. Pretty chuffed I got the distance under my belt. Feeling ok on it this morning too xx

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  8. Wow... amazing work! Dedication plus!
    Im not a great lover of donuts but even I could eat that after 20 miles!
    How often do you need to run πŸƒπŸΌ‍♀️ 20 miles?
    What is a daily run... or can you keep up this sort of regime? X

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    1. You typically do anything from 2-6 long runs of 18-20 miles before a marathon, depending on the pace you want to achieve. I’ve done 1x 18, 1x 20 and have space for two more 20 milers, although I’ll probably only do one more, depending on how I recover from yesterday’s.

      My regular runs were 4.5 miles three times a week but that’s not enough now, so I tend to do 2x6, 1x3 (parkrun) and then one longer one of 9 miles or more. I’m thinking I’ll stick with one half marathon a week now (13 miles) because I enjoy it and feel good on it. I also like food so this way I can enjoy eating! Xx

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    2. Good for you! Sounds like the perfect way ... especially for eating! πŸ˜‰

      Enjoy xx

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  9. Good grief! That's amazing, CT. You're going to smash that marathon. Enjoy that yummy looking donut. xx

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    1. Hope so! I am really looking forward to it, but also hugely respectful of the distance. I know enough about them not to take anything for granted xx

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  10. The camel t-shirt is pretty cool. I'm a few weeks behind you with my training. Longest run so far is 90 minutes along the beach at Venice Lido.

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    1. Is that around 9-10 miles? Good on you.

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    2. I couldn't estimate the distance. Beach running is challenging. Sand firmness varies. It could be 13 to 16 kms so roughly that. I think time on ones feet is basically more important than distance in building stamina.

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  11. And you're still smiling! Maybe the photo is before you started, maybe it's the thought of the donut. Well done. x

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    1. It’s the relief at having finished πŸ˜† x

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  12. Wow that's amazing! Enjoy all the food :)

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  13. Hey CT,
    I think I could possibly manage twenty miles if a bun such as yours was dangled in front of me on a stick ;)
    Leanne xx

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    1. It’s good carrot πŸ˜†πŸƒ‍♀️πŸƒ‍♀️ X

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