The first week of a training plan always goes well. I have written out all of my planned runs in my notebook with the distances that I should do between now and the 26 May when I will be competing in the 50km Cyprus Ultra. All there is to do now is go out and run them.
This is where most plans fail.
Running between 30 – 50 miles a week is both tiring and time-consuming.
Only one week into this 13-week programme and I am already tired. Tired of plodding with my heavy frame of a body. Tired of hills. Tired of getting chased by wild Cyprus dogs. Tired of the heat.
The last point is not quite true as this week has seen some strange weather in Cyprus. Torrential rain and thunderstorms on Monday were followed by a sharp increase in temperature by the end of the week. Running in the thunderstorm was amazing. I felt so alive. In the heat of the afternoon, the rain was hammering this small Mediterranean Island. It could be the last time I see rain in Cyprus until I leave in August. I know for sure that I will be tired of the heat come May.
Even though I’m already feeling tired, I should take some encouragement that I have got through the planned training sessions this week and my body is injury free. Distance and time on my feet is the aim of the sessions. Getting my body used to running for hours on end and fueling it as I move.
This is my favourite part of training for an Ultra. I do enjoy eating, especially sugary and carbohydrate-laden foods. My favourite discovery is locally made honey and sugar covered pitta bread. It’s almost like a crepe that has been folded about 10 times. It is so good!
Slowly, I am losing weight. This isn’t the goal of running this Ultra but I will welcome running with less overall mass. My joints will also thank me for it. I started this week at 89.5kg. I’ll see where I am in 4 weeks. If I keep up my habit of eating an ice-cream every other day, I probably won’t lose any weight. The ice-creams may have to go on hold. We will see…
Distance this week
Here is an overview of my week of training (26 Feb – 4 Mar – distance in miles):
I came into this week of training off the back of a 1hr 41min half marathon. I’m still quite surprised that I could run a half marathon in that time. As was most of the people I work with. Not bad for a “big lad”. But a half is completely different to an Ultra. I’ll no longer be able to get away with minimal training.
I need to observe the rest days and not overdo it. I’m also terrible at stretching after sessions. It might be time to invest in a foam roller. I’ve hardly ever used one so it’s all new to me.
Next week I will be running a similar distance but will finish the week with a 15 mile run on Sunday. I best stock up on the Cyprus pittas.