Oh my god. I’ve done it. I’ve entered a 40 mile ultramarathon! The Clyde Stride 40 mile ultramarathon on the 16th of July. 10 weeks to go (and week 2 of that will be on holiday in Portugal). So I’ll really just have 8 weeks to train for it.
I’ve been drawn in from all these blogs where people run longer distances than the marathon distance… and appear to love it. ( John Kynaston’s Ultra Running, Vicky’s Ultra running, Highland Runner, Karinsmiles, Stuart Macbeath blogspot ) They make it look easy in fact!!
One thing that was putting me off was that there doesn’t seem to be many training plans for longer distances available, but I should be able to tweak a marathon plan and create one of my own. This was the only real information I found online… lots of links.
Some plans I’ve seen suggest running long runs back to back, one on the Saturday and one on the Sunday… but I don’t have that sort of time to invest…and my current training plan seems to work for me so I think I’ll just be amending it slightly. (more longer runs).
And I’ll need to really consider nutrition for on the 40 mile distance too. There are 3 stop check points where you get a chance to refuel etc…. I’ll be looking more into that in the coming months. I’ll need to get to grips with refueling with more than energy gels I think and I’ll also need to consider what pace I’ll do for the event and the training. Long and slow I’m thinking!
Here’s my idea for what my training could be: