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The Piece of String Fun Run

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First up.... I hadn't written anything for a few months didn't want to pre-empt/jinx doing the POSFR by saying everything was awesome, I was ready etc. and then it all going wrong...

Going good But now it's done... so (briefly) it *had* indeed been an excellent couple of months, I'd been feeling much better and finally fit at last.
Firstly running a local 10k trail race - the "Titsey Trail 10k" - coming 2nd place (my goal for the day was top 5, perhaps 1st vet) so was really really happy with that and I didn't mind coming 2nd to Hugo who stormed back in 1st (must remember not to enter him next year.)
Then an SVN (Saxons Vikings and Normans) run in the Ashdown Forest, conditions weren't ideal with all the rain and Traviss the RD *had* announced at the start that it wasn't going to be a day for more than 7 laps. My plan had simply been do this is a mental test, just keep running for 6 hours straight, with no other goal... but, well, now I had a def…

Hot under the collar

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Right. The Extreme Energy "Humanity Direct" Tring Ultra. A Plan Another race, a bit shorter (at 50km) than the usual stuff so I have a plan. a cunning plan.


This time I think I'm ready for it, I have it in the calendar - no learning about it four days before, I rest for the week before. I still don't sleep the night beforehand, but on the morning I feel like a coiled spring and for the first time in ages I really feel ready.

Excellent.
I've been looking at the course profile and previous year’s times and I actually, really, honestly do have a plan. The course profile is like so:

So it's a little unusual and different to my normal sort of race with some long flat sections between some lumpy bits.
My goal - I reckon I can get well into the top 10, perhaps top 5 and I want to go for the Vet40 win. I intend to start at marathon pace for the first 10k or so, and see what the rest of the field is like, drop to 9-10's or so on the lumpy bits, but push hard and …

what?

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How I discovered I was supposed to be running 86 miles at the weekend... (The Ridgeway Challenge)
Shit Why had I signed up? What was I thinking? Well, I ran the Country to Capital in January, it had gone well considering my ongoing head injury recovery, so I'd decided to see what I could aim for towards the middle of the year - this would give me plenty of time to build up, plan train, judge my ability and so on, etc etc.

Then I completely forgot about it.

In my defence my short term memory is still a bit of a mess, and it's possible I did just completely forget as soon as I'd entered. Also, there were no follow up update or reminder emails that you usually get for these sort of events. So it was a bit of a surprise to learn from twitter that I had four days to prepare. Right.

So what to do? Do I DNS? Do I try to finish? or something else?

I'd been OK for a few days at the start of the week, but then it all went wrong towards the end with night after night without sle…

you spin me right round

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One year anniversary! 12 months on from that accident.
Wow. That flew by, it really only feels like a few months. Although with my shaky short term memory, that's probably actually my elapsed time.

First off admin.
I have a race report to include that I've been meaning to write up for ages, but just couldn't think of how to cover it or what to say. It didn't go so well, but then there was no real drama or events to mention like normal ultra races.

On the 13th April I attempted my first "track ultra", this was the Crawley 24 hour track ultra.
6, 12 and 24 hour run events all happening at the same time. The venue was the running track behind the K2 sports centre in Crawley.

I had two "big" races lined up for the year, this one and the GUCR retry. The plan was, see how the track ultra goes then decide if the GUCR was realistic.
Recovery had been going well, although I (obviously) had some massive holes in my training, I'd had a few tentative test …

seven month update

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so how's it going? Seven months on. I've been trying to work out how to communicate this all week (and a bit), mulling over different ideas. going for a run, thinking it over, but never actually getting around to writing it down. Similarly, I'm supposed to be writing a short bio for an upcoming race, but I have absolutely no idea what to say about me. "Started late in life, runs a bit, doesn't take it too seriously"? Reckon I'm going to have to find someone else's to copy. 😀
After finally summoning up the courage to finish reading Anne's 'one year update' - that spurred me on, I think it's good for me to get this down on paper and out of my head, hopefully someone will find it useful or helpful and I think it will be good to be able to look back on my thoughts in the future.
I try to keep getting back to a normal (for me) routine, so it can be deceptive looking at what I've been up to and thinking everything's back to normal.…

Country to Capital

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Do your homework. Always do your homework.
Homework Read race reports. Find out about marking. Find what aid stations provide. Understand the route details and where you might need to memorise parts.
I didn't do any of those. This is not like me - but I had run the "non-canal" part of the course the week before, and I've run the Grand Union sections before, and it's only a short race so, just "winging it" seems like a good plan. Yeah?

I'd heard a bit about this race and seen many comments about what a lovely race it was... so decided it was time to take a look. This seemed like a good opportunity to test "where I was at" now after a bit of a setback at the end of the year. It's a nice short manageable distance, so my plan was to hit it hard (ish) and see how I manage, see how the legs are, see how I'm feeling.

I'd had a few ups and downs with my head injury over Christmas... but the Mince Pi run had been great (on the day, les…