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What’s Your Nutrition Plan in Ultras?

I’ve just had a great little conversation with Mike from Tailwind UK!

I know what two things you are likely to think…

1.  Tailwind?

2.  Tailwind in the UK?

Well, it’s not quite here yet but it’s so close that I can smell that miracle powder in the air.  Tailwind so far in a 2 weeks of training, seems to be some sort of miracle powder, and it’s hard to believe it was invented in someone’s kitchen!!

Normally, I’d have a plethora of foods from caramel waffles, brioche buns, flapjack, crispy bacon, salt tabs and some cliff shot jellies.  This year, I’m gonna carry Tailwind and use the few food stations on the 61 mile ultra I’m running on Saturday for anything solid I might fancy.  

So far, the support from Tailwind has been awesome whether from the UK contingency or from the U.S., giving me tips on how, when to use Tailwind during a run and after to help with recovery.  In fact, how often does a company contact you when they think that maybe you need a little bit of help with the product they sell?  In my experience, never!

Saturday, will be the true test and I’m going to try something I’ve not really done before during my 61miles of off-road Yorkshire fells.  I’m going to make a video blog of the race, whilst racing, so you’ll see Tailwind in action, and see what an incredible race the Fellsman actually is.  

Fingers crossed for good running weather, but I’m not sure the Trail Gods are giving without some sort of sacrifice.

Keeping Things In Perspective And Shifting Goals

when you have a 1206 mile charity run planned, your A-race isn’t actually what it seems.  No mention is made, no time is set, but it will be a challenge.  A training run with a difference, where to goal is to finish strong and then run the next day.  Now, it not the London Marathon, but an ultra called the Fellsman.  61miles of unmarked course, almost all off trail and with 12,000ft of vertical.  Hopefully the weather is good and I don’t have to sacrifice the finish line beer I will carry with me for the whole race.  

If your racing, make sure you remember that you are not Captain Hook!  😉👣👣👍🏻

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Team Purple Is Racing?!  Support By Getting A T-Shirt :)

If you want to support a great cause (funding for research into the treatment and prevention of strokes) then get your tshirt by asking for one in the comments.  £10 for a top quality technical top!!

Great week of getting to see ideas become real, and seeing people showing their support for a great cause.   The local runners ran the Herod farm Fell race and demonstrated how to look good in purple.

     

Today, I joined some of them and ran a trail 5k followed by a 10k fell race called Chicken Run, proudly showing the purple t-shirt and setting some personal barefoot bests.  

   

     

I seem to learning that the only thing or person to listen to is my body, and that to find out what is possible, you need to test your limits yourself.

Have a great weekend :)

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First Week Ever With 100 miles Of Running!!

Well, when I say 100, I mean 99.9!!

Blisters from two weeks ago are healing up and I’ve used it as an opportunity to test out different ways of covering and treating them.  This is going to be really useful come summer time, when I’m running 1206miles barefoot across the UK.

I’ve also started to break in my Luna sandals.  I really love running in them, and since barefoot is a little out till I have replacement foot skin in place, they are the next best thing.

I’m a little surprised how quickly we recover and how straight forwards 100 miles of running was.  It’s done wanders for my confidence in my summer challenge, but I will have to try a 200 mile week later this year!!  Sounds completely insane, but the kniwledge that I’m capable of it will make all the difference in those inevitabl low points.

Hope you’ve all had a great week and here’s to the week ahead :)

Justgiving.com/barefootlejog   

                 

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Grand Week Of Training

So far a solid 70 miles in the bag, with a mix of aerobic and anaerobic training.  Today 10kg weighted vest 5 miler was tough, but if it doesn’t kill me it’ll make me stronger.

I keep repeating the same things in my head.  Is 1206 miles barefoot going to be achievable in 6 weeks?  Will I fail?  How will I cope physically after so many days of high mileage?

To dispel the doubts I searched for some runspiration and found some quotes of achieving the impossible.  Time to switch mindset :)

  

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Nights Like This Make The Impossible Less Daunting 

Sometimes, there are doubt whether we will complete impossible tasks we set ourselves.  My legs were tired from gunning the hills, by broken blisters had filled with grit and my shins where cut to ribbons from the brambles.

Still, once the Sun put on its show, it was as if nothing else really mattered.  I suddenly realised that actually, I can get through anything if I just remember to see the beauty of what is around me.

   

             

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Testing Out Plan C #BareFootLeJog

Normally, a bank holiday involves a lie in, lazy morning and then possibly a visit to the local boozer.  I need to cut down on the alcohol so, 4am start to the day, couple of coffees and out the door.

Was shown a super route around Lathkill Dale, which is a mere 10 miles from me, but an area I’ve never run!!  

Post 11 miles leg teaser, a little Easter Sunday polish food left overs and back to Buxton, to pick up a local runner for a mini route recce.  A little bit of slow adventuring, some of my favourite running places finally got linked up in reality and then some lunch.  So, slightly shy of 20 miles in and I’m leading a trail run with Buxton AC runners.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an incredible display of lights from my favourite burning ball of gas…

The Sun 😊

Plan C for the barefoot 120 miler this summer is 28-33 miles, which if I feel as I do today, after training, then it should be doable.  Now I’m just going to repeat today’s shenanigans tomorrow to see what happens to my legs on Wednesday.  

And I’m completely in love with my Luna Venado sandals.   They are really not meant for trails, but now that they’ve started to bed and mould to my feet, they are just amazing! 

Here’s some snaps from my phone to prove how great a day it’s been