Split Session

Split Session

The training plan called for 20 kilometers of easy running today but, as I sat down to figure things out last night, I realized there were a couple of constraints on me for Monday. For one thing, I had a full day at work to get through and an important meeting at the...
Miles Before Moussaka

Miles Before Moussaka

After what has been a pretty disappointing week training wise – only one run and that aborted after only about half an hour with leg pain – I was looking forward to heading out this morning to test the legs and see if the pain which had arrived so suddenly...
Not to Plan

Not to Plan

Today is one of those days where I have a real feeling of a fresh start. I’m back from a week of not running, I’m ready to pour myself into a couple of very highly-stressful but ultimately highly-rewarding weeks of work, I am getting stuck into a new...
Ultra Boucle de la Sarra 24 Hour

Ultra Boucle de la Sarra 24 Hour

My first 24 hour ultra and an experience I will never forget. Pre-Race When a race starts at 11:00pm the ‘pre-race’ period is pretty damn long. For me, it started at 5:30am after a good night’s sleep. I usually only get about 6 to 7 hours but, for...
Clearing the Head

Clearing the Head

I’m only a couple of days out from the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra so there’s nothing I can do now that will make me any faster, any more efficient, or any more prepared to run the stairs of the Nicholas de Lange than I already am. Well, almost nothing: I can...
Just 321 Meters

Just 321 Meters

In a lot of the training for ultrarunning books I have read – and there are a few on that list now – one of the standard pieces of advice has been to train for a race in segments or blocks. You start off by building a base, you add in some speed work or...