Sunday, 15 July 2018

(Backup) 2 months to go

Well this will be quite a big blog, as I haven't written for a while. I have been so busy with work and training and LIFE, so apologies if you have been waiting for updates(I think I can safely say, no-one has been).
So we are less than 65 days away from Fire and Ice 2018. London to Brighton has been and gone, more about that later.
So in this Blog, you will hear of New York, food news, another fall lol, how im training and other snippets of info that I have found out on this journey thus far. I've had one big realisation, and again I will elaborate on it later.
OK, so we are now in June , but I have to take you back to March, when I last blogged. Wow, when I wrote it down, its longer than I thought. This year is flying by so quickly.

MARCH

2nd -  Slippery 8 miles 9:40/mile4th - Slushy 13.1 miles 8:45/mile.          
6th - quick (for me) 7 miles 7:30/mile


9th - 13.1 miles 7;57/mile
11th 13.1 miles with 7kg pack 9:19/mile
13th 7 miles 7:27/mile
15th  2x 4miles with 2x 45minute spins in between  8:30/mile
16th Windy 12 miler 9:11/mile
18th 14.5 miles 8:27/mile
20th 8 miles 7:11/mile
21st 7.5 miles 8:00/mile
27th 8 miles 8:14/mile
28th 8 miles 7:58/mile
29th 5 miles with Paula 10:09/mile
31st 14miles 8:30/miles

APRIL

4th Easy run with Paula.                           
9th 4 mile easy
10th Misty 14 miles 8:28/mile
11th 6miles 7:18/mile
13th 13.1 miles 7:56/mile
15th 8kg pack run with Paula 13.1 miles 10:19/mile
17th 6 miles 7:26/mile
18th 8 miles 7:17/mile
22nd  hot hot hot 50 miles 10:23/mile
Press to watch video- again sound quality not brilliant

NEW YORK NEW YORK ( More on this later)

MAY

4th 6 miles 7:27/mile.                       
7th Hot 8 miles 7:33/mile
10th 6 miles 7:45/mile
11th Hot 10 miles 
13th 27 miles 9:11/mile
15th 13.1 9kg pack run 9:40/mile
18th 13.1 miles steady 8:40/mile
21st easy 5miles
26th Hot and hilly 62.6 miles London to Brighton 13.23/mile (read on for full story)

JUNE

3rd 6 miles 7:16/mile
5th 8 miles 7:36/mile
8th 13.1 miles 8:28/mile  *had another fall*
12th 6 miles 7:55/mile
14th 7 miles 8:22/mile

so its now about 8 weeks till Race start. I think I've been organised and have everything I need. Its just a case of if I can pack and get it all in and hopefully it will be under 12kg.





This is the Kit list.












































































































This is the food list that I am taking.

Day 1  Bwell Strawberry Rice 498cal
            Ultra fuel 450cal
            Extreme expedition Shepherds pie 1000cal
Day 2  Bwell Porridge with Sultanas 571 cals
            Ultra fuel 450 cals
            Extreme expedition Chilli con carne 1000cal.        

Day3   Bwell Porridge and strawberries 586 cal
            Ultra fuel 450 cals
            Extreme expedition Spaghetti bolognese 1000cals
Day 4 Bwell Porridge and sultanas 571 cals
           Ultra fuel
           Extreme expedition Shepherds pie 1000cals + Ultra fuel 450cals
Day 5 Bwell Porridge and Strawberries 586 cals
           Ultra fuel 450 cals
            Extreme expedition Chicken Korma 1000cals
Day 6 Bwell Strawberries and Rice 498 cals
           Ultra fuel

In addition to main food I will have supplements which include:

50g Rego protein each day 184 cals
50g Pepperami each day 252 cals
400g Mand M peanut and cashew nut mix 1200cals

So I am up to 10 kg over 13.1 miles and plan to get to 12kg over 13.1+. As you may or may not Know, I don't follow plans. I don't, because life gets in the way of  plans and that would annoy me. In my head I have places that i would like to be at and things that i will aim to do. Back to back 20's would one, maybe up to 3. The main goal is time on feet with the weight. The scenery in Iceland looks amazing, so i can see a lot of stopping and videoing  or taking pictures or just absorbing the surroundings. With that in mind, I don't think that I will be running all the way. The training of course, is injury dependant.

New York.  



For Paula's 50th Birthday, we took a trip to New York. On the 26th April 2018 we flew out from Heathrow to JFK airport. What an amazing place. So much to see and all so easy to get to. We only took a rid (e in a yellow cab once, and that was just to say that we had done it. We walked or ran everywhere. On my list of things to do whilst there, was to run across the Brooklyn Bridge. We had looked at races that did this and found a half marathon, but unfortunately entry was closed due to selling out. So as an alternative we found online, a running tour. oh my god, I am so glad we had this option. We saw so much and learnt so much in the 2 hours with Lou (tour guide). Definitely a great way to see the city, especially if you love running.
We started at the Woolworth building in Lower Manhattan (I read somewhere that this was the tallest building before the Empire state was built). we then went across to Chinatown, then across Manhattan Bridge to Dumbo, then back over the Brooklyn Bridge (amazing) to the 9/11 memorial and Wall street. Along the way we saw lots of things and places including Tai chi on a basketball court in chinatown, one the first fire stations to respond to the 9/11 tragedy. When we return, we would definitely book another tour. Thank you  Louis Kuhlmann for your Knowledge and enthusiasm on the tour.

CLICK TO WATCH OUR TOUR

We of course did all the other main tourist attractions - Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Rockerfeller Building, Central Park, Grand Central Station. Heres some Pictures of our stay.




































London to Brighton Ultra 100KM

It was a 6.30am start. The day even at this time was warm. It was cloudy and humid. On the startline I was feeling apprehensive, having DNF'd this race 5 years ago. I had a race plan of 10 minute miling for the first 30 and then up to 12 minute miling for the remainder. That plan went out of the window at about 15 miles, when my left calf started pulling. Plan B....slow down and  think of Iceland ( if Achilles goes, then so could Iceland)  So the plan now was to get to each checkpoint , re-assess and then go onto the next one. The calf actually didn't get any worse, but it didn't get any better either.
As the day went on it was getting Hotter and Hotter. I got to Tulley's Farm, which is the halfway point, so glad to see Paula. I had a brief sit down, quick drink and food, but quickly moved on to the next checkpoint. Paula later told me that the weather had taken it's toll on alot of people, some even pulling out at Tulley's Farm. I ran out of water at about 40 miles point with about 3 miles to the next checkpoint, so had to ask a kind lady in her garden if she could fill my water bottle for me, which she did and even added some ice.

I got to the 50 mile checkpoint ( where I had DNF'd last time) and got an uncontrollable urge to lie down on the floor. My fingers started tingling and I asked Paula to get St Johns ambulance over, even though I knew that they could possibly pull me out of the Race. I asked them kindly not to pull me out if possible. They checked my vitals and didn't seem too concerned. After 5 minutes I was up on my feet again walking around. I had a can of coke, changed my top and doused myself with water from a hosepipe, and off I went again to the finish with the greatest inclines to come. It was a tough day but that last 12 miles was so so hard. The day didn't start getting cooler till about 7 pm, and that was such a mental challenge as well as a physical one. 

I finally finished with a run time of 13 hrs 58 minutes with a distance of 62.6 miles. 13.23/mile pace. A long way of my plan,but I finished and that race is now well and truly ticked off. It had been my Nemesis race , but not any more.



















Realisation Time

Following events on London to Brighton Ultra, I had the realisation that 63 miles is probably my limit in one go. I feel that as runners, we train and train for an event. Especially Ultras, they take so much of our time and we could arrive at the start line the fittest we ever been, but then during that event things (possibly even out of our control), could occur which stop us from completing. So all that time training goes to waste. Time which could have been spent with loved ones and family. 
How much do we need to achieve before we can say enough is enough.  * Please message me at mark.fitforlife@hotmail.com if you have any comments about the last paragraph. I would be interested in other peoples thoughts and experiences.

Another fall ( clumsy bugger)

You may remember, that a few months ago, I had a fall and took a big chunk out of my left knee, which took an age to heal. Well on the 8th June, I caught my toe on something and did it again, this time damaging my right knee. Probably shouldn't have carried on, but in my defence it felt ok until a  few days later. 
it was sore to touch and felt like an electric shock and very hot when pressed. However it felt ok to walk and run on. But it may be causing me to run differently as I developed a hamstring issue, which at the time of publishing has now gone away. Knee still sore to touch, but have the dilemma of getting it looked at and finding out that there is a slight fracture and it stopping me going to 




Why do we do what we do?

Heres a link to an interesting article that I found, which explains why some of us run Ultras. It may resonate with you or may not. 
CLICK THIS LINK FOR ARTICLE




Charity news

I  am now over halfway to my target, with a total of £1400, and would like to say a massive thank you to the following people for their donation:

Diane and Trevor Gooch
Chris Knights
Jay Lingwood
Leon Neeve
Ray Knights
Ben Crane
Lee Singleton
Jason Browne
Sue and Andy Trohear
Emma Freud and Richard Curtis
Noreen Mcloughland
Lee Ffrench



Until next time. (promise it wont be as big a wait)




Tuesday, 19 June 2018

(Backup) (Backup) 6 months to Go ...........✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️

6 months to go means for me that I need to get my kit finalised, food ordered and start getting ready and if it’s anything like MDS, packed and repacked at least a dozen times. The snow and wet weather recently has given me the chance to try out my sock combinations. I always go with a two sock option on my long runs. The 3 socks of choice are Injinji crew sock, x-bionic metal knee length and sealskinz knee length. I’m glad to say all combinations worked well in different scenarios, so should be covered in Iceland for every eventually. 



Friday, 2 March 2018

7 months to go to Iceland ✈️

Time is going quick... flights are now booked. One to Iceland and then an internal flight to northern Iceland.
January came and went in the blink of an eye...... so here’s what I’ve been upto in Feb ( apart from having a birthday)

Feb 4th 2018
Cold 14 miler
Bright sunny day, lovely to run in


Felt good

Feb 6th 2018
Quick run by torchlight.

Early morning, legs felt good, so had to go for a run, but early morning meant it was by torchlight.

Food for thought........

Received my first lot of food for Iceland...ultra fuel is a liquid meal and I plan to have them as my lunch, as they are quick and easily digestible. During MDS, I had them as my breakfast.




I’ve gone for vanilla, strawberry and  cereal




At 450 calories, it makes up about a sixth of my planned daily intake.

Feb 10th 2018
13 miler
This was a cold morning but sunny, with abit of ice here and there. The run started well


Going at under 8 minute per mile, felt good until mile 11. One minute I was upright, next I was horizontal after hitting abit of ice at about 8 mph. RESULT............


But on a plus.....still managed 7:52/mile average for 13 miles.

No training on Feb 11th as leg still not dried out

No training on Feb 12th as leg still not dried out


*DONT DO SITTING AROUND WAITING FOR LEG TO DRY TOO WELL*

Feb 13th 2018
4 mile try the leg out on a cold morning


Leg ok to run on, although ribs felt sore. But back to running so happy 😀 



My Birthday came and went ........being 39 isn’t so bad 😜

Next few runs, speak for themselves








BEAST FROM THE EAST IS ON ITS WAY.

Feb 25th 2018

To get ahead of the Siberian weather that had been forecast for the week ahead, I decided to keep on target and go for a 40 miler. It was still a cold and windy day. I started running just after 6am after waking at 5.15, to have a porridge and a coffee. For those that know the area or have knowledge of my usual routes. I went from Blundeston to Oulton broad to Carlton Colville, then eastwards to Pakefield, north to Corton, Horton, Gorleston, Gt YARMOUTH.. change of direction westerly towards burgh castle, Belton, fritton, Ashby, Somerleyton and then back into Blundeston.
If you are not familiar with the area click Here

I felt comfortable throughout the run and planned to run around 10 minute/ mile for the first 30 miles, and then knowing I would be moving forward with a combination of running and brisk walking, I would then look at upto 12 minute/mile. I fuelled with liquid every 3 miles and replenished my 600ml bottle at 13 miles and at about 26 miles at places that I had bottle dropped the night before. Food wise I had half a chia charge bar at 13 miles, handful of cashew/peanut MandM’s at 18. The other half of chiacharge at 24 miles, then cashew/peanut MandM’s At 30 miles. Finished the run with a third of an SIS energy gel every 3 miles. I felt that worked well and didn’t feel I flagged at any stage.  This was kind of confirmed with a 9:37/mile average for the 40 miles. Really happy with that. It was worth the cold, and getting my face sandblasted down the sea front.

* sorry but the sound quality for the first half of video is poor because of wind *





BEAST FROM THE EAST IS HERE



Didn’t want to let the bad weather stop my training and having driven back from Boston (Lincolnshire) the night before, I knew that roads were quite bad. I had jobs to do in Lowestoft, and felt it would be safer and possibly quicker to run there and back.

Both runs were pretty uneventful really






I have received a couple of donations since last post

Thank you 

Tim Newman and Ian King

If you haven’t donated and would like to
Here’s the link



Till next time 👋👋👋👋👋👋👋👋👋👋👋