62@62 Week 2

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62@62 Week 2

So week 2 of my training for the Race To The Stones has come and gone. I increased my mileage from last week and apart from the Saturday I have felt ok all week. 54 miles this week, some of it slow (just under or just over 10 mpm) so nothing strenuous at all. Except for Saturday. It was not an easy run and felt quite tired. After the run I was just exhausted. Sat on a chair on the patio in the sun when I got home and fell asleep. Absolutely no energy at all. So I put some clothes on and walked up to the Co Op and bought two bottles of sport drink a packet of jelly babies and a pack of 5 mini jam donuts and ate the lot sat on the bench outside the shop. It was like having an injection. Within minutes I felt better and had the energy to walk home again. So what have I learnt from that little mistake. I have cut out all processed food from my diet and trying to eat ‘healthy’ food. I think the problem is not that I am not eating lots of sugary rubbish but I am not eating enough (quantity) of healthy food. So I fell off the wagon yesterday but not going to worry about it. I learnt a lesson and that is the positive thing that came out of it.

What else has happened. On Tuesday I met Tom the photographer from the Swindon Advertiser (who I know quite well anyway from all the photography I have done for them). It was fun as I had already done my run for the day so could just enjoy it. Especially as it was a really sunny afternoon. Lots of photographs taken, lots of curious looks from people walking past. Hopefully the article will be in the paper this week.

After lots and lots of research I have decided not to update my Garmin GPS watch just yet. The only real advantage I could see was having a HR monitor and to be honest at the moment at least I am running on feel not HR zones (do ultra runners run on hr zones)?? The watch I have got gives me time, distance and pace so don’t really need to spend the money just yet.
Also I think I am going to go for calf guards rather than compression socks. The only reason is that my big toe goes through my socks and shoes really quickly and I don’t want to be spending lots of money (they are certainly not cheap) on lots and lots of socks and end up with lots of right leg socks and no left leg socks !!!!!! I have got a draw full of right foot socks 😦

Lastly, for the first time in about 10 years I am going to loose a toe nail. Now in the good old days in the 70’s it was par for the course to regularly loose them. I am pleased to say with the technology and design of running shoes these days it very very rarely happens. So I was a bit disappointed when I noticed that one of my toes was blistered and the nail was black. Hey Ho only a minor issue so I am not going to worry about it.

So a good second weeks training and looking forward to week 3.

If I haven’t bored you and you have got all the way to the end of this post, then thank you for reading it.

Thanks again.
Pete

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62@62 week 1

 

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62@62 Week 1 is over and I am feeling really positive, long may it last.

So what has happened. Firstly despite storm Aileen doing her worst a couple of times and absolutely drenched me, I ran a weeks total of 46 miles. Not a huge amount you would say. And you would be right but these first few weeks are going to be about running my 7.6 mile course everyday of the week, really just to get used to going out everyday again and when I am feeling tired or sore.

 I also got interviewed this week by The Swindon Advertiser. They are going to publish an article about me as they think it is quite unusual for somebody of my age to take on the challenge that I am. I thought it would only last 20 minutes or so but we chatted for and hour and a half. Having photos taken on Tuesday so it will be really interesting to see what it ends up like. For me I know there are lots of people out there like me running Ultra’s but if I can get some PR and some sponsors out of it then I will be well pleased.

 The other thing this week is I did a bit of shopping (which I don’t like doing) and bought myself a wok and a load of Tupperware so I was quite pleased with myself. I have given up eating processed food but still need to either teach myself how to prepare proper nutrition/food or get somebody to teach me. It is not a problem at the moment of course as there is still plenty of time to go but I want to be prepared for when I am running 70 – 100 miles a week.

 Which reminds me I still need to carry out much more research on a training plan. Should I be doing heavy mileage which is the way I have always trained or should I have a much more structured training plan. Should I be running on heart rate zones or on feel? Makes a big difference, not least on should I buy a new gps watch with heart rate monitor. Again if anybody out there can offer me advice I would really appreciate it.

 Well that was week 1 and I am now off to get my kit and shoes washed and dried ready for week 2.

 Thanks for reading.

 Pete

 

62 @ 62

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So what is 62 @ 62

Well it is my next challenge. It is at the age of 62 to run a 62 mile Ultramarathon known as The Race To The Stones which is 62 miles along the Ridgeway Path starting in Oxfordshire and ending at The Avebury Stones and all it one day. Why on earth am I doing it you may ask. I like a challenge and believe we all have to push and challenge ourselves just to see really how far we can go. I have competed in Ironman triathlons, I have represented GB in Duathlon a few times and ran quite a few marathons. I have never run more than 26.2 miles though and I consider this a huge challenge that I am not taking lightly. Especially at my age. Well you are already fit and healthy so it shouldn’t be a problem you might say. Well no, I have been off training for a year after a foot operation and suffering some sort of ‘virus’. The good thing about being ill was I have had all the heart tests done and it is all perfectly fine, in fact it seems to be pretty dam good, so that I know I am not going to have a heart attack whilst doing it. I do know that I will go through a host of other pain though during training and race day !!!!! However I WILL do it, I have never failed in a challenge yet and do not intend to start now.

So, today is day 1 of a 10 month journey to get to race day and I hope to blog/photograph/video the next 10 months for anybody that is interested in my journey. Here is a list I have thought about of what I need to do, or think about. If anybody can think of anything else that will help me along the way I would really appreciate your input.

Training schedule including interim races.

Kit, clothing, shoes, watch, GoPro etc.

Nutrition

Yoga/Bike/weight training/core strength other stuff.

PR and sponsors (not charity but help with kit/nutrition etc).

So if anybody can think of anything else fire away.

For now I am going to go for a run  🙂

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Pete