Yesterday I went for a follow up visit with my dietician Amy. Having a history of gut & genetic heart issues I knew I couldn't rely on luck for ultra marathon training. Ramping up to 80-90km a wk is going to take a toll on energy, so the aim is not to bc brain dead on training days. I am less worried about race day than I am about the next 8 wks of training.
In trail running there are lots of vegans and people going on fat adaption diets. It's confusing 🙄 I did a lot of reading and researched local dieticians to find one who's values aligned to what I was prepared to do. (ie not drink coffee with coconut oil...not eliminate food groups...not eat whacky foods or rely on packaged supplements). A nutritionist friend of mine told me to see a dietician. Dieticians have a science background. They're going to look at it from a scientific perspective and whole foods. I found Amy, who has an endurance sports background and spoke at a @runmelbourne event 2yrs ago.
After 5 wks of diet adjustment I actually have more energy, even with my Sat/Sun back to back runs. My only obsession is "have I eaten enough vegetables??" 🤣
Going into the peak block of training, we're going to be testing foods which I will take before and during the race.
Movie night last night but I wasn't the one having the Feature Length pour 😉(yes it's ok to have a normal life!) Last week was cutback training. This week I have a 44km weekend at Surf Coast 😎
Yesterday I ran 58.73km in the #UltraRunnersSA 6 Hour event, part of the #adelaide61224. My goal was 60km but it was still a great day on the Uni Loop with great friends and my Charlie as support crew. Thank you to Ben and all the team at Ultra Runners SA, all the wonderful volunteers and of course the other runners. Congratulations to you all!! Time to recover, reflect and prepare for my next challenge #surfcoastcentury in September 🏃🏻💪🏼
Popped my night running 🍒 last night. The countdown is on for Surf Coast Century, and I know one thing is for sure, I'll be running in the dark. 🙄
Being myopic and prone to vertigo, I need to train my eyes and brain on how to deal with running in darkness. Took the safest option last night and trained under lights at the Tan. Lots of runners doing their tempo sessions, so lucky I didn't get run over!
I'll be heading out in the dark over the next few weeks until race day. All part of training. 9 weeks to go 😯
Celebrate the small victories, last month I ran an extra 118km and 15 hours. Yesterday I went back and conquered an out andback run along the coastal track which has defeated me before! Also had an awesome run after work on the trails.
Trails ❤ managed 2 easy runs today pretty happy with that. I find it much easier to do that earlier in the week.
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Rapid Ascent put on 4 free training runs on the Surf Coast Century course to let runners familiarise themselves for race day. Yesterday was Leg 2.
When I only ran road I couldn't understand why anyone would want to ruin the surprise of race day. I mean if you've already run the course, why pay to run it on race day? 🤔
Now as a trail runner I see huge benefits. Terrain, distance and elevation can be so different. That's why 20km on one course can take 1.5x as long to complete as another course. Yesterday it was all about hilly windy mountain bike tracks. Tough on the body, requiring concentration. Totally self supported, I had to use a mapping app to navigate as everyone else had sped off. Fortunately when I got really confused I knew there were people behind me so we bumbled our way thru together.
Despite it being my longest distance in a while and getting lost a few times, I managed to better last year's race time.
Base training is over. Now into serious training and keeping it consistent. 👍