Here’s a quick note having got back recently from doing the G2E Ultra.
First the details – it’s a 56 mile run, it follows the canal tow path, you start in Glasgow, you run to Edinburgh. That’s about it. It took me 7hrs49 and I finished 8th overall.
But the results are not really the point, the point was, well actually there wasn’t much point! I think my reason for entering was just to see what it would be like to run an Ultra, to see if it was possible just off the background fitness from racing ironman, without much training (baby Rufus can take the blame for that), and without using any gels or fancy nutrition (I took dates, a lion bar, and a cheese and ham sandwich made by the lovely Joyce Campbell).
- What was it like – well it’s a long day, it’s a stupidly long way and there’s just no getting around it, I didn’t feel on great form so it really became a mental slog of chipping away through the kms
- Was it ok to rely on general fitness – yes, the fitness wasn’t a problem, racing ironman translates well, the difficulty was the legs absorbing all that mileage. There’s no short cut for preparing for that side of it
- Doing it without gels – definitely. A pack of dates was perfect, some normal food with no sickly sweetness was better than sugary gels
Did I enjoy it? Well there were definitely times where I just wanted it to end, in fact the last 13 miles I would quite happily forget. But even when it was hurting, even when the charm of the canal had worn off, and I was on my own and it was raining; it was still better than being stuck in traffic, or in the office, or doing all the things we have to do that are just a waste of time. So if you’re ever in that dark place during a race or training run, just remember all the times you wished you could just get out and go for a run. Keep going and you will get to the finish. And you’ll feel better for all the hurt it took to get there.
Having said that, I’m not rushing to enter another ultra just yet. This season is about enjoying the racing, and doing as many different events as possible. The Ultra is done, next up is Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May.
Happy Running everyone.