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The tapering begins.... (Read 298 times)

    Only 2 weeks to go before my first ultramarathon, be it an entry level 30 mile all trail race I can't wait. Training started in July 2008 and during that time my weekly miles at their peak 46 miles, since that lowly starting date I have 1) Run in a 20 mile endurance Fell run, 2) A fell marathon (26.2 miles) 3) Got heat stroke running in Croatia in 37 degree C heat 4) Run 20 miles in sub zero temperatures 5) Lost 3 toenails 6) Run 16 miles with a twisted ankle 7) Shed a tear when I crossed a finish line 8) Raised over £1500 in charity 9) By the time of the ultra will have run 800 miles in training 10) Met 6 RAers and raced with all of them in different races 11) Ran up downland hills and vomited at the top Big grin The race is to start in a lovely town called Arundel in south England and will take us around a great circle through great swathes of muddy and pitted woodland sections . Up to and across Downland on hard chalk surfaces with significant hill sections then into lowland marshland . It is a very hilly, very muddy and arduous course, after all, this is England in December we have been informed that the incremental rise of the whole run is 2732 feet. I honestly can't wait, the tapering has begun with my last arduous, sub-zero, snow and wind driven downland taining run which took me about 18 miles over an incremental rise of 2000 feet. My mileage drops this week with a further sharp drop next week when the carb loading starts Tongue I'll give you a race report after the race but I am getting really excited now, don't you feel like celebrating at the end of the training and the tapering begins?

    Jerry
    A runners blog-updated daily


    Cat in a Pot

      Good luck, Jerry!!! And good luck with "taper madness." Sometimes it gets to the best of us. Big grin Yes, please be sure to post a report afterward.

      Leslie
      Living and Running Behind the Redwood Curtain
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      2014: May - MDW 70-Miles (w/Trail Factor 50k) - Cascade Crest, WA/Astoria, OR/Portland, OR

      June 7 - Grasshopper Peak Redwoods Run 30k - Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA

      July 12 - Mt. Hood 50 - Mt. Hood, OR

      Oct 11 - Firetrails 50 - Lake Chabot, CA


      "The farther you go outside, the farther you go inside." (Unknown)
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        Jerry, Congratulations on all the hard work. Now is time to try to enjoy the taper, and definitely time to enjoy the race. When it gets hard, and it will, remember all the training you've put in, remember why you are doing it, remember the feeling of satisfaction you will get when you cross the finish line. I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that you will finish this race well. It just remains to see how well. Good luck friend. I will be thinking of you and sending you positive thoughts! I presume you will be wearing your trademark bandana? Tom
          Ooooohh yes my Union (Jack) flag Buff bandana will be firmly fixed to my head Big grin Depending on the weather either as a beany or a bandana. It was absolutely worth every penny on Sunday's snow run up in the hills of the North Downs. The aches and bruises have come out from that run and it feels great that I will be just taking it easy this week with some nice gentle runs and possibly a nice 8 mile woodland/trail run, I miss my woodland runs Shy

          Jerry
          A runners blog-updated daily


          Ultrachick

            Damn, you only lost 3 toenails? All different or the same one more than once? Big grin Great training-I'm sure you will do well and finish. Sounds pretty neat to be racing in England-I think I'll have to put "race in Europe" on my list of things to do. Let us know how it goes and keep running, Kelly
            If you never go fast, you'll never go fast.
              Kelly - you would be very welcome over here! We've got quite a few interesting ultras that I'm sure you would enjoy!
                Damn, you only lost 3 toenails? All different or the same one more than once? Big grin Great training-I'm sure you will do well and finish. Sounds pretty neat to be racing in England-I think I'll have to put "race in Europe" on my list of things to do. Let us know how it goes and keep running, Kelly
                Kelly, the UK is great for different races and you really have to choose where you go. In the southern regions you can have some great downland running, in which you run across which Downs ( undulating and gently rolling plains mainly on chalk) the hill rises are up to about 600 feet. There are a mixture of runs from 10km to the 56 mile London to Brighton. The latter is a brilliant race taking you through some beautiful countryside, I ran a 10 mile section of the latter on Sunday in the snow and wind and it was brilliant. Move up towards the north of England and into Scotland you have fell runs, big steep lovely hills, mountains and valleys, a really beautiful place, tough but spectacular, you can see from my list that I did a 20 mile race across fells, really low key event but really tough. The northern runs tend to ask you to carry waterproofs, survival bags, compass map, whistle and enough water and food for the duration of the race. As Purdey mentions, there are some fine ultras here, ranging from entry level 30 miles to the multi stage races over a few days. I am seeing if I can get a group together to run the London Outer Orbital Path (LOOP) which is a 24 hour 4 stage race. As for the toenails, 2 from the same toe and then my big toe caused by stubbing in on a humungous rock, the whole thing went balck and blue to the joint Black eye

                Jerry
                A runners blog-updated daily


                Cat in a Pot

                  Yes, definitely need to put "run an ultra in Europe" on my list. We went to Prague last January, and I tried to find something close by to participate in, but nothing that time of year.

                  Leslie
                  Living and Running Behind the Redwood Curtain
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                  2014: May - MDW 70-Miles (w/Trail Factor 50k) - Cascade Crest, WA/Astoria, OR/Portland, OR

                  June 7 - Grasshopper Peak Redwoods Run 30k - Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA

                  July 12 - Mt. Hood 50 - Mt. Hood, OR

                  Oct 11 - Firetrails 50 - Lake Chabot, CA


                  "The farther you go outside, the farther you go inside." (Unknown)
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                  Fatozzig's Place