Today I headed out to see how much pavement my legs can take (not much) and how long exactly 4 miles are! In case you missed it I am considering to run a baby ultra next year. I say baby to convince myself that this is like a 5k in ultra terms and baby in front of anything makes things seem small. I also bet on the fact that 40 miles soon will feel like nothing … at least in my head. I mean 40 miles is just 4 miles times 10 … I can count to 10, most of the times … but I digress.
So what’s the status? I think I have made a plan! I will see until the end of the year if I can increase the duration/length of my runs to a decent enough volume to consider running for such a long time, as well as figure out a way to run on pavement for that long. Both interesting challenges in their own right! Then if it all works out, I’ll commit to run the race.
Now what’s the plan you ask? It’s simply an extension of my existing plan:
In the first row (minutes per week) you can see what I am doing right now. If I manage to increase by 10% each month, I’d be running for 3 hours as my long run. I’m not sure when I will increase though, as I need to continue listening to my body when it’s ready for it … the 2 hour runs are getting easier though.
Progress so far
Today’s run consisted of 1 loop of my new “test route” – 4 miles on pavement/park and then the rest on the beach as a treat and to get used to continuing after crossing my usual “go home spot”. It’s kind of fun to try and convince myself that I just started the run and try and feel as fresh!
Today I ran at 8:25 min/km at an average heart rate of 139 … yes you read it right – I am enjoying massive improvements at the moment 😀
Here is a list of all my recent “easy runs” and you can see the pace creeping upwards ever so slightly!
I’m also extremely thankful and excited to receive all of your tips and tricks! It’s like crowd coaching! I know I’ll rely heavily on Randall’s tips (check out his race report of the event I am considering) or Saulbee’s mental hacks, like looping a lot during long runs and a list of hacks he promised! (no pressure Saul :D)
Oh and as Gareth has now taken over my job as cave explorer I am desperately looking for new adventures to distract everyone from my insane plan!