I began 2010 with one goal and one race entry - the Highland Fling. Following the failure of that I randomly entered every race available in a misguided attempt to redeem myself. What has followed has been a serious of disasters and training runs that would make even Scott Jurek weep (well maybe not...). Having discussed my recent lack of success with other far more experienced runners, it's clear what's happening.
- I'm not an experienced runner. I've been in this game about 4 years and I'm trying to tackle much too soon. There's an assumption that by ultra training I've completed countless half and full marathons. Wrong. I've done 3 halfs and 1 marathon. As I say, not very experienced.
- I'm expecting too much of myself. I'm expecting to run well at shorter races just because I've done a lot of miles. Nope! I have to decide what my main goal is and concentrate on that. I can't expect to perform well at everything, particularly when a 5 mile road race comes 2 days after a 28mile training run!
- I don't have much reserve. At under 7 stone there's not much of me. I really need to sort out eating in both long training runs and races.
Moving on to the issue of nutrition, there lies a problem. I'm notoriously fussy. Planning what to eat on an ultra is therefore as much a challenge as the race itself. I've listened to and read shedloads of advice but I'm not really much further forward. I can't stomach gels, I hate ginger, I detest milkshake type stuff, I dislike honey and complan etc. makes me boak. I have just 6 weeks to fix this...
dying a death at the Strathallan 5 Road Race