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I think the word 'training' is probably not the right word to use because, for me at least, the word 'training' has connotations of totally focused dedication to fitting yourself to complete an arduous ordeal to the exclusion of all else. And that in itself is too narrow an outlook on the journey to my goal. I've been there and done that, and to be honest, I found it only fleetingly satisfying.
A better reasonThe way I'm looking at this particular goal of running/walking at least 30 miles somewhere in the next 5 years, means more in the way of becoming as fit, healthy and well as I possibly can be. So that will be the gist of my 'training'. That is, health and fitness will be the primary focus of my running/walking, with the Ultra as icing on the cake.
As I said previously, it won't essentially be about being able to do a certain distance in a certain time, although Ultras usually do involve a particular distance with a 'cut-off time'. I know that if I can run/walk at an average 5 mph at the outside, I should be well able to complete at least a not too hilly Ultra. But we'll have to see how my health and fitness develops. Pace and speed, distance and heart rate while I'm running/walking will be both the controlling factors and indicators of my state of health at any time, as well as mood and levels of stress etc. And I'll say more about those things before too long.
St. Paul said that the body is the temple of the spirit. Giving my spirit a good home (temple) I'm sure is the key to success here. Along the same lines, and more down to earth, in one of his books, Lance Armstrong said something like 'You can have all the will in the world, but it doesn't mean anything if you haven't got the legs!'.
Why not join me on the journey, no matter how young or old you are?
Look in on Ultra Episode 2 on YouTube here