With the Saint-Fons 6 Hour race successfully completed my attention is turning to the next challenge of the year, the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra. This is a race that, at six hours long, requires the same amount of time on my feet as in Saint-Fons but with far more climbing. Unlike the ultra I ran in Ploeren in December and the one I ran in Saint-Fons on the weekend, there will be significant ascent on every one of the 2km loops, 90m per loop to be precise.
This means I’ll be making some adaptions to my training as I suggested in yesterday’s post but it also means thinking about the sort of weight I’ll be taking up every one of those meters come the 21st of May. I’m already a bigger guy at 187cm tall and while I am a lot lighter than I was a few years ago, I am still bigger than a lot of other runners. This doesn’t seem to hurt me on the flat in longer distances but it will hurt me on the hills if I have to drag a couple of extra kilograms up the stairs to Fourviere every 12 to 15 minutes for six hours.
I won’t be doing this by running more. Not only is it hard to find the time to do this with family commitments, but as has been said many times, you can’t outrun a bad diet. What I put into my body is far more important to the weight I lose than how many hours I can go out and hurt myself on a trail thinking ‘calories, calories, calories’.
So in the next seven weeks I am planning on paying real attention to my diet and hoping to lose a couple of kilograms in time for the race. I don’t need to lose a ton of weight, but two or three kilograms off my frame will make it far easier as the fourth, fifth, and sixth hours of the race arrive.