|The Tarawera Ultra Trail beckons|
It’s difficult not to think too far ahead. What’s right in front of me is the Tarawera (60K) Ultra in February just 8 weeks away. My passion will always be for the marathon (probably because I haven’t come close to mastering it yet) but I have to say that training for the Ultra isn’t half bad. In fact it’s rather enjoyable! I think it comes down to the simplicity of strapping on the Garmin and setting its primary variable to distance, the only thing that counts. Buggar the pace, and off I go.
|I'm happy to report that cutting out sugary drinks has resulted in a |
5kg loss in weight. Now according to 'Running for Fitness' the
next time I run Mountain to Surf, I could be looking at a sub 3.15
Underlying all of this naturalist madness is a cunning plan. Between you and me I’m treating it as extracurricular activity of sorts for the main event, the piece de resistance, my next marathon the Mountain to Surf in March. That wicked, no good, double crossing, despicable marathon is a dastardly difficult event I’m sure you’ll agree. It’s neither a sprint nor is it a jog either. It’s somewhere in between and that’s the problem. It’s worth pointing out at this point that I am an exceptional marathon runner … over 30K and therein lies my problem. I can run a 1.33 half and relatively easily. Any online running tool/calculator will tell you I should therefore be running a 3.15 marathon which I’m not and that my friends is about to change.
|My wife didn't need much convincing to go along with this post |
trail run training routine. She reckons she'll give it her all and won't
let me down after consulting her mother back in Japan
Running up and down, left and then right, dodging this and dodging that is all part of the trail running experience. And yes of course it’s fun but more than that, it’ll provide the endurance, strength and mental fortitude I’m missing. After all I have everything else, right? Week 3 out on the trails done. Now please hand me that ice bucket once again and don’t ration the sympathy either.