The Ultramarathon Diaries: Week 2

Ultramarathon Training: Week 2

Hi, I’m Millie and I’m going to try to run an ultramarathon. The Ultramarathon Diaries follow my journey from a sometimes runner to an ultra-athlete (jk, or something near) over a year and a bit – join me won’t you?

In the last blogpost I talked a bit about which Ultramarathon I was going to run and a bit about my first week training, I also mentioned that my Karrimor trainers were clinging on to life by a (neon blue) thread. In this post I’ll give you an update on all of those things because right now, they’re what my life is all about.

The Peak District Challenge

I’m super happy that I’ve chosen to do this ultra and the more I find out about it and the people that run it the more I’m looking forward to doing it next year. The challenge is organised the team from Wilderness Development who we’ve spoken to a little bit on Instagram before when we’ve featured their activities on our feed.

I’ve decided that running in 2019 might be a bit too difficult but after getting in touch with the team and speaking to them about how to help, I’m pleased to say that I’ll be volunteering at The Peak District Challenge this year, wahoo! I can’t wait to meet everyone involved and the runners and hikers who are attempting the routes – if you’re going, I’d love to hear from you.

I feel like I’ve been drawn to this race because I’m a creature of habit and like to have everything planned out before I do it. This way I can recce the route and practice it before the actual race day so I can focus on running it rather than finding my way. I’ll make sure that my next race is more adventurous.

Training In Week 2

It’s the third week in July and it’s hot. Like, very hot. I took the day off on Tuesday to spend time with at home and ended up doing my first unfamiliar run around the Three Shires Head. It was 8 miles, around 28C and I don’t think I’ve ever sweated so much in my life. Suffice to say I was reaaally glad about buying my new little running backpack last week to carry water with me.

Running with a backpack is a new experience and it took a bit of getting used to and a lot of adjusting. I wasn’t carrying much weight, essentially just bottles of water, my map and car key. After endlessly scrolling through Instagram I liked the idea of buying a trail vest but I can’t really justify the price at the moment as most range from £70 to £150. There are cheaper ones available but after walking around most of the hiking/sports shops in the Lake District 2 weeks ago and the Peaks this weekend because I wanted to try it on, I eventually stumbled across my new backpack at Alpkit and at £45 it was an easy buy.

This week I’ve totalled 22 miles with the 8 miler and 4 smaller runs. I thought my legs would ache more after the longer run but I felt ok. I wonder if that means that I’m not working hard enough or that I’m recovering well, or maybe I’m just reading too much into it.

The Trainer Saga 

My trusty Karrimors have given up the ghost. After just two weeks of Ultra training, tuh, lightweights! No, they’re just super old and worn out and I’m going to miss them, is it odd to feel so attached to a pair of shoes? After a tennis match last week the soles just fell clean off. And while I’m all for feeling more connected to the road, I’d quite like some rubber between me and the trail for the time being. Does anyone know how you can recycle old trainers?

Thanks for reading this edit of the Ultramarathon Diaries! Check out week 3 here. You can follow my progress on my insta page millie.ferns