Mon – 6 miles (6:47m/m)
Tue – AM 6 miles (6:15m/m) PM 10 miles (6:03m/m)
Wed – AM 6 miles (6:03m/m) PM 11 miles including 8 miles MP (5:10m/m)
Thu – AM 12 miles (6:05m/m) PM 6 miles (5:56m/m)
Fri – 20.81 miles including 17.6 mile Purbeck run (5:52m/m)
Sat – 13 miles (6:09m/m)
Sun – 6 miles (5:55m/m)
Total Mileage – 96.90 miles (6:02m/m)
This week has been HARD!!
I’m reasonably happy that I have got in one more useful weeks training before Ultravasan but I have been fighting fatigue, aches and pains all week and have just managed to keep myself going knowing that I can now taper down again before the race on Saturday.
Monday and Tuesday were all about managing the recovery from the 50km on Sunday including some serious achilles pain (quite common for me but this was a little worse than usual) but was happy that I was recovered enough to put in a mini session on Wednesday evening so just did 8 miles at marathon pace…. it felt hard enough 😉
Thursday included some steady running and a much needed massage and catch up with good friend Eamonn Deane which physically and mentally got me in the right frame of mind for Fridays Purbeck run.
I have done a fast Purbeck run before both of my 100km races and I wanted to replicate the same again this week. Had to stick a couple of miles either side of the run due to parking issues down at Sandbanks ferry (bloody tourists!) but was pleased how the 17.6 mile Purbeck run went with a 5:52m/m average over the hilly trails. I also managed to do some more race day nutrition testing getting two ChiaCharge flapjacks down me running at 6m/m pace which was pleasing. The plan at Ultravasan will be to get a few of these down me in the first half of the race before moving on to shotbloks as the heart rate starts to go up and solid food gets tricky.
So the taper is now well under way for the 4th time this year including my standard carb depletion, just needed to remember to start a day early as the race is on Saturday. Looking forward to the race now with this exciting new challenge but also looking forward to the 2 weeks downtime I have planned after before I knuckle down for my next target race which will be the World 100km Championships at the end of November.
On that note, the official selection for the GB 100km teams happened this week confirming UKA are backing both a strong mens and ladies team. Its also great for me personally to see my good friend “marders” making the team…. should be fun!!
In all the excitement this year, I need to remind myself that this is a real milestone for me as it will be my first GB vest having only ever represented England before, can’t wait!
Anyway – back to more pressing business…. I will be blogging later in the week once I’m over in Sweden with a final update and some details on how you can track the race.
Time for some more meat and eggs….. oh joy 😉