After the events of yesterday up on the frozen wastelands of Deeside, I truly expected getting up at 6 on Sunday morning would be a struggle. Luckily I made it into the car without hitch and the drive to Alloa whilst rainy was uneventful.
I guess I’ve probably said it all before, but the Alloa Half is my favourite half in pure running terms. It has a few small hills to keep things interesting but it also has a long, long back straight were pace is king and you really do get a chance to knuckle down without distraction. It also finishes on a downhill and flat – what more could you ask for? Great organisation and friendly team – yes, it has this as well! Would recommended this to anyone especially if they are after a PB.
For the first time in two years, I was entering the Forbidden Zone – least that’s what I call a run or running situation that I’ve come nowhere near doing before. The ultra bible I read is big on back-to-back training. This means a big run one day one. Not too much rest or food overnight and then a smaller but significant run the following day. And so it was, complete Alloa OK and I would be topping out at over 46 miles within 28 hours. Truth be told, I was just a little apprehensive but nothing ventured, nothing gained. The main key was remembering not to be bothered by running right at the back end of the race – an ultra pace will never be a half pace.
Anyway, the weather was marginally better than yesterday but still cold and wet. I set myself 11 minute mile pace and only just overshoot this – dignity more or less intact as I did just beat the rabbit charity runner ! The run was a plod but genuinely not anywhere near as bad as I had feared.
So, I’ve come out the other side and now have just 6 weeks to go before the Fling – look on the bright side, it’s only another 7 miles but then again, it’s all in one go and yes, there are a few hills I believe. Still, can’t wait 🙂