Last of the long runs: for now

Well, despite my knees being a bit jammy this week (from the bike I believe), and generally the legs a bit weak, time dictated that I at least try another proper-long run. With the Ultra only 3 weeks away, I need to recover and taper for the race from now on in.

A dull day in Belfast turned into a scorcher in Newcastle. From the off, I knew I didn’t have the same strength as the last big run, which had been very successful. We must make the most of these things, so I continued anyway and think I will reap the benefit for the effort. It is not that outrageous to practice when feeling less than 100%, as that is surely the state I’ll find myself sooner or later in the actual event!

I’m feeling for the Coast-2-Coast racers who, on this, their 2nd day, rode into a headwind from the Share Centre in Fermanagh, then were running up the Mourne Way from Rostrevor… with an ascent of Donard thrown in to completely finish them off. I, on the other hand, stopped in at Samba on the way to the bus and treated myself to a Strawberry Squeeze fruit smoothie with whey protein, and a caramel square. The recovery can’t start soon enough you know…

I followed the route as before through Donard and Tollymore, but continued out to the open hills all the way to the top of the Slievenamanan Rd, a few hundred metres past the half-way point, before turning around. I would cover a full marathon distance over tracks, road, and open moor… and mud. The dry ground from early Spring has quickly mired with the recent rains, so I spent a good deal of time slopping and slipping. I avoided any serious muscle pulls on a few falls, but one was most unexpected: descending a steep muddy slope from the road I happened upon a thigh-deep puddle. I was well plastered, as they might say. Enjoy…

 

 

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