Well this is probably my last week of 20 mile runs on Sunday mornings which I will miss. Although my peaceful run along the river was a bit noisier last Sunday as there was a regatta at Weybridge so lots of rowers racing (which was cool) and lots of half asleep spectators meandering along the path (not so cool).
I seem to have my hydration sorted, my 20 miles took 3.5 hours and I got through 3 litres of Nuun flavoured water, 1 Clif bar and no weight difference when I got home. So as the Aid stations on my Ultra are around 15-17 miles apart I need to aim to have an empty 3 litre Camelbak when I reach each of them.
My midweek 10 miler was up to Richmond and back along the river to Teddington Lock where I crossed the river and ran back home. There was some great looking boats on the river, many of which I would say are getting ready for the Queens diamond Jubilee flotilla on Sunday which will contain around 1,000 boats.
I did get a calf twinge at 5 miles which I put down to heading out faster than usual so I’ll be icing and massaging that carefully for the next week or so.
I’m really looking forward to my 69 mile The Wall Ultra, I haven’t quite started packing my bag yet (it is 3 weeks away), but in my head I’m frequently catch myself running through what I’ll put in my drop bag at halfway and what my real food “treat”will be.
The organisers had a test run of the Ultra a week or so ago and have posted a Mapmyrun “Fly though” of the whole route which is worth a look, particularly around 32 miles where you can see the large Roman fort at Vindolanda where the half way station will be set up.
Mapmyrun fly-through of The Wall 69 mile Ultra
My Luna Leadville Pacer sandals are holding up well, I did switch back to the original leather laces (the ones that wrap round your ankle etc) as I had a little problem with the ATS system (Luna kindly replaced the sandals) but at this point I still prefer the leather laces, particularly as should the knot break I can always pull more lace through and tie another one. Being able to fix stuff on the spot will be key in the middle of nowhere on the ultra.
Well I’d better go and “fly through” the route again so I know where I am going, and more importantly where the Aid stations and the finish are.