So WHWrace training has begun and thank goodness I have a goal to focus on. This year I feel is going to be a toughy, 2020 a warm up for what is coming for us in the UK.
WHWrace take 2.
Planning training for my second 95mile race. Unfortunately, it was cancelled due to covid, but always 2021!
Post race blues
Reflections post 96mile ultra on recovery and training again. Coming to terms with the long term recovery and affects of our insecure lifestyle on our physical and mental health.
West Highland Way Race 2018
I have given a full blow-by-blow race report on John Kynaston’s final podcast; you can find it here. I completed the 96mile race in 33hrs and 5mins. I am under no assumptions, my finishing was part of a team effort. Without my crew, Neil Scott, Kristin and Jason Main, Susan Barley and my husband Max … Continue reading West Highland Way Race 2018
I have never written on here about this, but in 2011 I had glandular fever, which in itself was not much of a big deal. Unfortunately, I was unaware at the time how close to burnout I was, which meant I never recovered from the post viral fatigue and developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), or Myalgic … Continue reading Burnout…
Highland Fling 2018 Race Reflections
I had not intended to enter the 2018 Fling, with the West Highland Way race in the same year. Back in 2016 it took me 6 weeks to recover enough to even want to run again. I was scared I could not recover in time for the WHWrace, just 8 weeks later. Neil my Chief Crewman, … Continue reading Highland Fling 2018 Race Reflections
Highland Fling 53 mile footrace!
My longest training run will be the Highland Fling on Saturday at 53miles (eep!). I will use the race to practise my WHW race pacing so it will not be a PB (must put my ego away and not race!!). Racing at WHWrace pace will allow me to estimate realistically my splits for my crew … Continue reading Highland Fling 53 mile footrace!
Why run so far?
On my longest training run so far I had the distant and quiet thoughts of quitting. Dropping out of the WHWrace, for surely I could not succeed, or I would hurt myself trying. I cannot shut off these voices, they are natural for survival and as I get closer to the event, and deeper into … Continue reading Why run so far?
Training in numbers
Running on the Way this weekend another runner came up to me and told me she reads my blog. I replied that it cannot be my blog as no-one really reads it. But she insisted, it was my blog! She said she liked that I put all my milage up and it was not huge … Continue reading Training in numbers
WHW Race Training… what next?
I have ended my 3 month base phase (I will post numbers in next blog entry) and I am using this first week of April as a time to reflect. This weekend I was at the Fling training camp and ran 34 miles on the course. I expected the 34miles to go well, to be … Continue reading WHW Race Training… what next?