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The Big One¬...

AidACharityRunby AidACharityRunOct 11th 2012
The Big OneÖ
This is it. The primary focus of the year's running¬... The product of countless hours of training, the result of a year's worth of training, in fact.

The Nottingham 50km Ultra. My first Ultra. My first foray into over-marathon distance. The focus of my life for the last months.

The training worked, and worked well ¬- yes I missed a couple of really long runs. And my overall time suffered, but I know of very few training plans that go off to perfection and this one nearly did.

The brutalisers ¬- those two half marathons on consecutive days, that merciless day in the New Forest ¬- two hours' running, an hour's break, two hours' running, rest, walk and then an almost two hour night trail run.

The speed work ¬- when did I start thinking of half-marathons as speed work? ¬- not fast by many¬'s standards, but a 2:19 half at the Great North Run was a 10 minute PB and a huge confidence boost. It also worked, not because speed was required, but because of those confidence boosts over a long distance run¬... Ok, 21km is now my standard Sunday morning run, so maybe long distance is the correct phrasing now.

The trail runs, the Great Trail Challenge Half & the Big Running Weekend ¬- hills and mud, hills and mud¬... And boy am I glad I learned about those¬...

I also learned a lot about me. I finished an Ultra Run, I¬'ve raised something like ¬£700 so far and set PBs at every distance from 5km to Marathon (and now 50km). And still I¬'ve learned something important; the demons that have haunted my running, the constant little voice reminding me of my heart condition and what I can¬'t do can be quelled. Whether they can be beaten will take a while to test, but if they resurface then I know which Garmin track to look at¬...

However, running the run was only part of it, the fundraising is a large part of it and the last important part of it was raising awareness in two areas ¬-for those who have never heard of us who were born with our heart conditions, and also to prove that those of us with heart conditions can do, and enjoy sport.

The first was shown by Carl, a fellow runner at the Ultra, who had come across me and what I¬'ve been doing on the web. The second, well partly only time will tell¬... but across Europe my friends are wondering what they can do¬...

So job done?

For now¬... My overall challenge was 2012km in 2012 ¬- so I¬'ve a while to go (about 235km, so just a half marathon a week), and I¬'ve 2013 to plan¬...

The big one is done though Until next time¬... Probably¬...
 
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