Ultra excited – the road to 100k

I can’t believe it’s already been four weeks since the London Marathon.

I’m going to be completely honest. I have had a difficult month. I didn’t give myself enough time to recover and my legs have punished me. It feels as though I have lost all of my speed and confidence. I am struggling to complete distances as low as 5k’s without having to stop and walk.

But this is going to change. I had one of those light bulb moments where I realised I am not one of those people who can have it all. It is either speed or distance and in order to really improve, I need to pick one or the other. Last year was all about speed and I got PB’s over 5k, 10k and half marathon distance. But this year has been all about challenging myself mentally. How far can I really push myself?

I have absolutely loved long distance running. The buzz that I get from finishing a long run is just as exhilarating as the buzz I get from a PB. In fact, no, I think it’s better. The sweat, the blisters, the salty face, tummy issues, achey muscles – it’s all worth it.

Even though I miss running fast, I want to get the distance thing out of my system. I just don’t feel that i’m done yet.

Race to the Stones

So naturally, I entered an ultra marathon (insert appropriate laughing emoji here).

No, seriously I did.

In July, I am going to run Race to the Stones. Rather than start with the modest ultra distance of 50k, I thought I would be clever (/stupid) and do the full 100k. There are pit stops every 10k and i’ve opted to camp overnight at the half way point which will hopefully break it down a bit.

I have a plan, prepared by an ultra-expert friend, which sees me running 6 days a week and doing back-to-back double long runs at weekends. By the end of May, I will be running 55-60 mile weeks. I am also hoping to get into the gym 2-3 days a week to work on my core.

There will be days where I run twice. There will be days where I have to walk – a lot. But that is fine. I am excited to learn how training for an ultra marathon differs from the marathon. I have heard it is a lot more enjoyable as you focus more on spending time on your feet rather than running at a certain pace.

Follow my adventure here or on my Instagram page (@martha_runs) where I will be posting daily updates with the highs and lows of ultra training.

Let the countdown begin!