I’m not experienced at long events at all. My first ‘long’ event was the 35km Bloody Long Walk in 2018. That one took me 9 hours. Last year I did the BLW again but as I hadn’t trained I only managed 20km (which I was happy with given the preparation).
For SDU I’ve started early (though I had hoped to be well into in December). But hey, better late than never.
I thought I share my training regime, and capture it in a diary each week.
By end of each month I’m aiming to increase my comfortable distance- so
- By end of February – 10km
- By end of March -15km
- By end of April – 20km
- By end of May – working on hills, sand and running/walking with poles.
Saturday is going to be my long-run/walk day. I’ll do parkrun in the morning (5km), once I’m scanned in, then I keep going for the remainder. If you follow me on Strava, you’ll see I list each Saturday as parkrun #x + ykms.
- Last week was parkrun #18 + 2km = 7km
- This week was parkrun #19 + 3km = 8km
There are lots of other things to work on in the next few months – what is my pre-race preparation? how much do I need to hydrate? what food will I need during the race. There will be lots of experiments as I learn to understand my body and what it’s capable of.
15 weeks to go – Diary of a Fat Adventurer!
It was humid again. I got straight up at 6am and drank a full glass of water before I headed to parkrun. I don’t think I drank enough yesterday though. I’m running with a pack for the first time. It’s one I bought a few years ago – not a vest. I’m trying to only spend money on what I need. If I can use this old pack I’ll be really happy. I haven’t bought a bladder yet.
parkrun was pretty smooth – everyone is learning the new track. I have emotional connections to particular sections – when I know I’m nearly at the turn around or just a little more and then we’re home. I need to get find a way to keep up the pace throughout the 5k – especially when I’m by myself (as a back of the pack runner) – I find myself slowing down, reminding myself it’s not meant to be a stroll and then speeding up again.
I got scanned, and had a big drink of water straight away. I went back along the parkrun course to the first bubbler and back again (this is 1km), then turned off the concrete to the grass (really should have thought about this – it’s been raining for over a week so was really muddy).
As I was coming up to 7k, I felt quite fatigued. I had a couple of rests as I made my way across the park towards Pullen Road. I even had to shout at myself to keep going (surprisingly worked). I then smashed the final 1km walking up the hill to Osbourne Road, then down back to the bike path and to my car.
I will need food for the next increase in distance- next week’s experiment.
Post event meal – 2 scrambled eggs + 1 toast in the morning. Might add some more protein next week (mushrooms?). Chicken on bread in the afternoon/evening (plus a couple of glass of red) -> too tired to cook food.
I was quite tired through the day – will again need to get to sleep sooner and I know I didn’t eat properly on Friday night. My left knee has also been a bit niggly. I think that’s because of my push-up challenge more than the walking. I bought a knee brace at the chemist and it felt much firmer. I’ll keep an eye on it.
Must stretch more.
Performance 15th Feb 2020
- Distance: 8.06km
- Elevation Gain: 42m
- Time: 1:46:43
- Average Pace: 13:13/km
- Fastest Split: 11.32/km