Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Ultra no 4 Yorkshire Ultra Recce
Ultra no 4 was due to be a training run or recce after missing out of a place in the 'Hebden'.
My first choice was to run from Osmotherley following the Cleveland Way to Blowarth Crossing and back, a 30 mile route with a decent amount of climb and only a 45 minute drive away from home. I had done this route several times throughout Oct and November. Then it dawned on me, I should take advantage of having the time to recce an upcoming race for once. Ultra no 5 would be the 50 mile 'Yorkshire Ultra' and I knew the first and last bits (out from Whitby to Ravenscar and Ravenscar back to Whitby) but I hadn't a clue about the inland section of the route, I checked the route on memory map software and the section I needed to recce added up to 28.5 miles give or take, all I needed to do was to add 2 miles onto the route then I would have my 30 miler. Saturday 21st I drove over to Ravenscar on a very sunny morning, correction... a very very windy sunny morning and so not to bore you too much ill wrap this up in a nutshell!!! Very strong winds, legs had nothing in them, shoes had stilts of mud on the bottom of them making me 12 feet tall, more mud, more wind, even more mud, even stronger wind...Trashed quads, dramatic fall over a stile departing me from my shoe momentarily. Beautiful waterfall, more wind, walking not running, crawling not walking, sitting not crawling... The day was tough, the wind took a lot out of me and my legs where heavy and tired. No adrenaline in my system which is fuelled by the element of competition to motivate me to push harder!!! Got round, did my 30 miles, took forever and made me feel like dropping down to the marathon at the Yorkshire Ultra. Well I thought that for 5 Min's anyway!!! The highlight of the day was descending into Ravenscar in the dark with the lights of Robin Hoods Bay flickering to my left and over to my right Ravenscar Hotel lit up and the only sounds being the wind and the sea.
A couple of people have asked me if I run during the week as well as the weekly Ultra, well I do. My routine for the next few months and has been recently is,:
2 x 10 miles on weeks when the Ultra is 30 miles or less (making the total weeks mileage 50 miles) one of the 10 mile runs will be at a steady pace. The second 10 miler will be treadmill based and if the Ultra is a hilly race (4000ft +) , then the treadmill will be flat and the first 4 miles will be taken steady, leaving the last 6 miles to be taken at 10k race pace. If the Ultra is flat, then the first 90 Min's will be at full incline leaving whatever distance left to be made up on the flat.
1 x 6 miles on weeks when the Ultra is 50 miles plus. The run will be done on the treadmill and rather then relying on the Treadmills odometer, I will run for 45 Min's.
Monday I teach Kickboxercise (predominately circuit work, focus mitt work, core work etc)
Tuesday and Thursday I hit the weights for 60 Min's and stretch. Leaving Friday and Sunday night to recover. I'm sure some will or would say I should just rest through the week in preparation for the weekend and yes maybe they are right but this is what I love to do and in past years I have run high mileage on a weekly basis (70 - 80 miles) year in year out. So my body is used to years of overtraining abuse whether it has been Martial Arts, Boxing training, Bodybuilding (a long time ago) or ultra-running.
Nest week is the 'Yorkshire Ultra', followed by 'Rombalds Stride' following that I jet off to Abu Dhabi for a weeks holiday with my fiancee Shirley who is currently working in Saudi Arabia (initially this would of resulted in missing an ultra on that week, hence creating 2 to do in one week, but Shirley spotted a race in Oman called the 'Wadi Bih Run' the race is a trail 45 mile relay with over 1100 metres of climb and is organised and entered by Ex Pats based in the Middle East. The race is also open to solo runners who can run the full 45 miles ;0) . The journey will involve hiring a car and driving from Abu Dhabi to Oman then camping the Thursday night before the race with other competitors ( a race tradition including a barbecue etc)
Following is a scattering of events I have entered so far this year
GOLDEN FLEECE CIRCUIT 26.5 miles March 3rd
WUTHERING HIKE 33 miles March 10th
HARDMOORS 55 55 miles March 17th
CLEVELAND SURVIVAL 26 miles March 24th
COMPTON DOWNLAND 40 miles April 7th (entry to be sent)
CALDERDALE HIKE 37 miles April 14th
WOLDSMAN 50 miles April 28
BOB GRAHAM ROUND 72 miles May
DUKERIES ULTRA 40 miles May 26
HARDMOORS 110 30 miles June 1-2nd (as race director I will hopefully sweep 30 miles of 110)
WEST HIGHLAND WAY RACE 95 miles June 22-24th (will run extra 5 miles to make it up to 100 miles)
OSMOTHERLEY PHOENIX 33 miles July 7th
LAKELAND 100 103 miles July 27-29th
GLENMORE 24 24hr race Sept 2nd (Hopefully achieve 100 miles minimum)
As you can see there are still a lot of races I need to enter, and some months where races are thin on the ground (February) These gaps will be filled with more events or Bob Graham recces, Runs in the Peaks, Dales, Moors or Lakes. Still quite a few to enter in Sept/Oct IE Round Rotherham, High Peak 40 etc etc
As you can imagine entering all these races in one month wouldn't leave me much to live on, so I will enter races nearer the time to help budget on a monthly basis, risking the chance of the race becoming full though!!