Pleasant Surprise & Fuel For The Flames

This morning I had some mail in my inbox.  Not the sort of mail that goes straight to the trash, but one that you read and get stoked about.  

The email was forwarded from the ever helpful Peter Ambrose, who has been super supportive and been that voice of genius through the last few months of training and planning.

Mark Hartell appears to have acquired a purple tshirt!!  Here’s the words he sent with his picture…

“Britain has a fine tradition of eccentrics and nothing could be more so than running the entire length of our country off road and barefoot. It will certainly require uncommon dedication and endurance, but Aleks already has a pedigree that shows he is made of the right stuff. 

I wish him well on his endeavour and hope that he smashes his fundraising target for the Stroke Association!”

Mark Hartell

11 Time winner of the Fellsman 60 mile fell race.  Holder of the Lake District 24 hour fell record (77 Peaks)

If you’re not sure who this guy is do a quick google search.  He’s a legend in running and despite numerous attempts, especially recently by Adam Perry.  All I need now is a little of his ultra powers, combined with a purple power tshirt and all will be well!

So, as the event draws nearer, I’m finding it slightly difficult to find time to train and carry on doing my job.  Last week was a definite reset week, with little running or other training, and huge focus on sleep and school work.

This week things pick back up.  Running, gym, work and supporting a fellow ultra runner Clare Holdcroft on her Bob Graham Round attempt.  Hopefully not too much of it will be in the dark as I’m aiming to support her on 3 out of 5 legs. The big challenge will be to get recovered in time for the Peak Districts Kinder Trog fell race the day after. 

BGR is a monster of a route with lots of uphill, so if I can use it as part of training and do it successfully, it’s going to be a huge tail boost.  Here’s to the next 5 weeks before the utter madness begins.

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.