I shared a while ago that I have signed up for an extreme marathon ( gulp) so here is my progress update:
I wanted to see if I could still run a HM distance and I can. I did it completely on my hilly trail getting in as many hills as possible to guage how I would fare. The elevation on the marathon is 4,900 feet which is higher than Ben Nevis so I know hills will play a big part.
So I factored in as many hills as I could and my HM ended up being 1,400 feet of climbing... not bad but nowhere close to half the elevation required!! However I felt fine and it took me 2 hours 43 which I am happy with given the terrain etc. So next steps:
Work up my weekly mileage to 40 miles a week ( currently its about 27 a week).
Work up my weekly elevation to 4000 feet a week ( currently about 2000).
Speed up a bit- I really enjoy my running and its so easy not to push it more but I know it will help.
Core, core and core - I have improved, I can now do a full push up nearly all the way down ( but not quite)!! So I do 40 a day plus planks... more required!
See an osteopath- I have to do alot to maintain my achilles and if anything will go it will be that!!
Anything else? Any tips gratefully received...
I am going to play hunt the hill and find some really hilly routes!!
I have been running on the beach all weekend at my mums which was so perfect, but not a hill in sight and I had the beach completely to myself on one run ( see pic)...
I am so excited about this challenge