Monday, 8 March 2010

A trophy for training

This weekend presented a good opportunity for 10 in 10 training: six days of 10+ miles, including a couple of long marathons, then I'll have rest day, then another six days of 10+.

So it was that I headed up to Grantham for the weekend for Rory Coleman's ULTRArace 29.3 double along the canal. Saturday was chilly and overcast (great for running) and I took it steady with Heather, completing the 29.3 miles in 5 hours. There were loads of people I knew there, including 5 people doing the 10 in 10 and several other Fetchies, plus others I'd met at previous events. It made for a pleasant afternoon and evening in a posh hotel, including an informative question/answer session, primarily aimed at people doing the Marathon de Sables (which does not appeal to me at all) but with lots of stuff applicable for other endurance events.
Sunday dawned frosty but sunny. A beautiful day for a trot along the canal. Again I went with Heather: we suprised ourselves by keeping up a steady but slightly faster pace, making for a 4:42 finish and joint 3rd place (hence the trophy - yay!). In fact, we were only beaten by women who were just doing Sunday, not both days, which was pleasing to note.

A top weekend, well organised with a fantastic atmosphere. Great training. This morning's 10 miles was hard but good. Another 10 tomorrow then a day off. Wednesday's lie in will be most welcome.

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