As you probably know, 8 weeks ago I entered the Clyde Stride, my first attempt at an ultra marathon distance. I’d run a few marathon distances and honestly thought I would be ok to train for the Clyde Stride in 8 weeks. Here’s the route and here’s the Clyde Stride website.
I upped my mileage to between 35 – 60 miles a week and ran 4 days a week (4-5 runs). I ran a very comfortable marathon from Glasgow to Greenock and a few out and backs along the Clyde Stride route so that I could get to know it.
After 5 weeks of training, I was on a 31 mile training run and an old injury (IT band) reoccured. 16 miles in, my knee was in agony, but I kept running until I finished. I tried a 4.2 mile run about 5 days later and my knee hurt after 3 miles, so I decided enough was enough and I’d have to bow out of the Clyde Stride. It seemed like only common sense considering the amount of weeks I had left to train and how the injury was preventing me from training.
I felt a bit of relief actually when I finally decided I wouldn’t be doing the 40 mile Clyde Stride. During training a few of the runs had gone well, but the one from Cambuslang onwards was a nightmare – losing direction, not knowing if I was on the right track, having negative thoughts.
I wasn’t used to running off road… and it was tricky for me. I like to know my route, and on training runs, I wasn’t able to get a good grasp of the route. Perhaps more rest weeks (one every 3 instead of one every 4) and more off road long running is required if I’m serious about trying to do the run next year?
I’m hoping someone from this years run will be able to give me a garmin route of the route so I can practice on it later on when I’m back to running. Anyone that’s reading this and has a garmin route of the course, please get in touch!
Anyway – that’s the reason I’m NOT doing the Clyde Stride this Saturday. I’ve changed direction a little and taken a bit of time out from running. I thought it would kill me, but I’m actually enjoying it. I’ve replaced my runs with cardio workouts on gym bikes and have started a DVD workout called Insanity… I’ll treat this period as my off season from running.
I’m pretty sure I CAN run (with no knee pain just now), but after running about 800 miles in the first half of the year, I’m going to take a step back from it and stop putting so much pressure on running. It’s actually nice not having to run for 2 hours, or 8 miles, or 5 miles, or 15 miles.
Back to the title of this post… I took a look at what the weather is going to be like on Saturday for the Clyde Stride… Light rain showers – 15 – 17’C:
I’m not sure I would like rain on a run that long, but it might be patchy and it might be refreshing.
Good luck to anyone running the Clyde Stride. I might make it a long on the day, or I might busy myself so that I don’t remember that it’s happening! 😉