For my last longer run before an ultra race I like to do a dress rehearsal and wear and carry all the kit I’ll be using for the race. This week Jon Steele, race director, sent out the compulsory kit list.
There were a few extra items I wasn’t expecting so wanted to make sure I could fit it all in my pack and get a feel of how it would feel. I have been doing most of my long runs with a pack but probably not quite as heavy as the race pack will be.
I set off just before 6.30am to run 9 easy miles. My new SJ100 video arrived yesterday so I was keen to try it out as well! I’ll post my first effort in due course!
I wanted to wear my Hokas so I chose a route which avoided the mud and water! I took it steady and walked some of the hills I would normally run but I was keen to take it easy. I always feel a bit sluggish but I just have to trust that I have done the training and I’ll be raring to go on race day.
I’m really happy with my gear and I’m glad I tried it all out before the race. So I’m all ready and this time next week I’ll be 7hrs into the race! I wonder where I’ll be and how I’ll be feeling.
I have 2 very easy runs planned on Monday and Wednesday so four rest days to make sure I’m as fresh as I can be come 9am on Saturday 22nd March.
Finally just a shout out for Katrina. Today she ran 22miles in preparation for her Greater Manchester Marathon on 6th April. This was her final long run and she had a great run despite the wind completing it in 3hrs 11mins (8.42pace). Here sub 3.45 is definitely possible!