GO ULTRA GO LONGBrendan Rendall who was running JOGLE at the time having just run across the length of Malawi, a place where I used to live. It was great to connect with Brendan and be inspired by what he was doing both the running and the attitude to raising funds for FOMO. I advise caution when running with such inspirational folk, you never know where it will end up!! He was one of the reasons I signed up for the UGB200. This inspiration along with my fascination with the Spine Race meant I just got out and did a 42mile run along the Pennine Way on a day off a week later. I was well and truly hooked and having just got out to give it ago on my own, I knew I could do it. The mental block was removed and the legs followed. This was the case with running my first 50 mile race, I just went out alone and did my own 50 miler as a training run; I left the rest for the #UGB200 mile race. Getting my head down and doing the training is a major reason why I have been able to improve, I'm not an expert at ultra-running, but I'm willing to learn. Next race will be the Punk Panther 'High Life' 65miles /105km on 7th October.
- CTS NorthYork Moors - 34miles - 8th Place
- Tour De Helvellyn - 38miles - this was my first mountain ultra and I was focused on just getting round and enjoying the day.
- Punk Panther 'A Bridge too Far' - 38miles - 4th
- Lakes Mountain 42 - 42 miles - a real disappointing DNF; massive cramp and learnt a lot.
- Pennine Barrier 50 - 50miles - 10th overall
- Ultra Great Britain 200- 200 miles - 9th overall -joint -8th men's.
A few lessons learnt:
- Training doesn't do it self
- Train specifically for races, don't just run.
- Fuel/nutrition - is vital so practice eating on the go...eat as much real food as possible and start early in longer races.
- Hydration and use of electrolytes/mixed energy drinks needs to be planned well for longer races.
- Test your kit
- Recovery is as important as training
- Get your head in the game
- Focus on your 'A' races and a have a race plan.
- Mojo is overrated and lack of it might just be a calorie deficit
- Enjoy the running