Just under two weeks now until my little highlight of the year – the one thing I allowed myself to partake in, train for, aim for – the Mourne Mountain Marathon.
I took part in a few orienteering events to practice navigation and do some off-road running. The WEE (Wednesday Evening Events) organised by Lagan Valley Orienteers are open to all for £4. You get to borrow an electronic dibber, get a map for a short or long course, and some friendly pointers if you are new to the sport. After a disasterous first event, I got quite hooked and did a lot better the next few times. I expect I may do some more next year.
Apart from that, I have been doing my 4 mile weekly trail run with my pack and Inov8’s. Compared to the Jinga plimsoles I normally run around in, even the Inov8’s feel heavy, so I have been getting used to them. I have also been wearing my pack during my recent body-weight workouts.
My team mate John and I met for a 10 mile run in the Mournes on Sunday to get some mountain under our feet. I went in fasting to test my strategy for the event, and all went well: I plan not to eat on either morning so that I am already fat-burning once I begin. This way I will not crash and will find my ideal pace more quickly. I will snack regularly to top-up some protein for the muscles and to replace any carbs expended during strenuous sections. I will eat 2 meals in the afternoon/evening, which my body can work on overnight.
We took about 3hrs 15mins, getting in some ‘marched’ climbs, bog, contouring and various degrees of trail. Kit is decided, finally got confirmation I am off work, and I am nearly getting a little excited. Easy now: Experience over anticipation. Next report – after event.