Thursday, 28 July 2016

Amerithon Challenge

Yesterday, I happened across and signed up for the Amerithon Challenge. It's a virtual run/ride/swim/ - whatever, across the breadth of the USA; over 3,500 miles! I'm hoping to finish it before my 70th birthday!!

I can probably do that if I include my walking and cycling as well as my running. It's all allowed. There's some accessories as well as a big medal, most of which I opted out of  as to get the lot is a bit expensive. One of the inclusions though, even in the basic price is videos of each of the stages, which
are brilliantly put together with musical accompaniment. Watching a couple of them was really motivating for me and I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn more about the USA as I work my way along the route. You can see one of the videos on the site.

There's also a private Facebook group.

So this morning I celebrated my new challenge by running further than I've done for a couple of years - 15k! To say that I'm tired now is a bit of an understatement as I hardly slept last night, the latest in a run of bad nights for sleeping.



I think I can almost guarantee a better sleep tonight.

I ran the 15k at a very slow pace. I've decided to do some very slow long runs to practice and Ultra pace. Not that I'll ever be able to do and ultra, but you never know - unless you try.

More about Amerithon and ultras as I go along.

Monday, 11 July 2016

A bit different?

A couple of Sundays ago I did an unintentional road 10k. It was the first proper road run I'd done in ages. But to run so far was unintentional. I was trying my Sole footbeds in my Inov-8 road shoes which have just a 6mm heel to toe drop. I hadn't had them on for quite a while so wondered how I'd get on. But they were just great with the footbeds. So much so that at my usual point for turning for home I felt I just wanted to carry on running, so I did. My total run was 10k and it was the best time this year by half a minute, which on the face of it doesn't seem so much but it was a much more undulating route and much higher total climb than my previous 10k pb this year.

So I was pleased!


Saturday just gone I thought I'd just push out a bit and extended one of my mixed trail with a bit of road 10k routes a bit to 7.5 miles. It was the furthest I'd run for a long time, maybe 2 years.

I was happy but tired when I finished and I've taken a couple of days rest.



For the next couple of runs I'll do short ones. Then maybe something different again next weekend. I've a couple of things in mind. One a longer mixed run, the other a 5 mile race. It depends how I'm feeling towards the weekend. Race or longer leisure run?

In the meantime I'm clocking up the k's to the 1000k Challenge


My Runkeeper total on 9th July - On Target!